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Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty

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Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty

Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of painful vertebral compression fractures (VCF), which are fractures involving the vertebrae that make up the spinal column. In vertebroplasty, physicians use image guidance to inject a cement mixture into the fractured bone through a hollow needle.

In kyphoplasty, a balloon is first inserted into the fractured bone through the hollow needle to create a cavity or space. The cement is injected into the cavity once the balloon is removed. X-rays and/or a CT scan may be performed at the end of the procedure to check the distribution of the cement. Pressure will be applied to prevent any bleeding and the opening in the skin is covered with a bandage. No sutures are needed. This procedure is usually completed within one hour.

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