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Vertebroplasty

Vertebroplasty Helps Back Pain Patients
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If you are experiencing back pain because of compression fractures in the vertebrae of your spine, you can find quick relief at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital with a procedure called Vertebroplasty. This simple outpatient procedure can provide almost immediate relief of pain, improve your mobility, and often help you avoid spine surgery.

Clinically known as Percutaneous Vertebroplasty, the procedure involves injecting a cement-like substance into your spine to reinforce collapsing vertebrae. The procedure is performed by a specially trained neurosurgeon.

You receive a local anesthetic so that you are pain-free and calm during the procedure, which typically takes about one hour to complete. Using continuous x-ray imaging (fluoroscopy), the neurosurgeon guides the needle through your skin to the fractured spine, then injects bone cement into your fractured vertebrae.

Most patients experience pain relief within 6 to 12 hours after the procedure. Generally, you can go home the day of the procedure, although some patients occasionally stay overnight and leave the next morning.

The majority of patients who undergo the procedure are suffering from Osteoporosis, a disease that causes weakening of the bones. While we tend to think of Osteoporosis as a women’s health care issue, Osteoporosis does affect both men and women. Vertebroplasty is also useful in treating patients who have bone loss and fractures as a result of using certain types of steroid medications or who have certain types of cancer.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT OF NEUROSURGERY AT (850) 877-5115.


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