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Most patients will feel better within a few days; however, do not lift, push or pull any heavy objects until after your doctor says it is OK.
Vertebroplasty is performed using conscious sedation and a local anesthesia. Under fluoroscopic guidance, the interventional radiologist inserts a needle/cannula into the fractured vertebral body and infuses it with surgical bone cement. The cement hardens within 15 minutes, stabilizing the fracture and preventing further collapse.
With kyphoplasty, a balloon is introduced into the center of the vertebral body through a catheter to create a cavity in the bone and to increase the height of the fractured vertebra. The balloon is removed and replaced with bone cement, which in injected into the site, stabilizing the vertebrae.
The procedure generally takes about one hour for each bone that is treated.
Many patients get relief from pain immediately. Most report that their pain is gone or is much better within 48 hours. Typically, patients resume normal activity within 24 hours.
If your pain is caused by a broken bone in your back and you still have pain after two weeks of conservative treatments – bed rest or pain control medications – one of these procedures may help you. Newer fractures normally respond better than older fractures. Note that these procedures are not used to treat herniated discs.
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