Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are minimally invasive procedures for spine fractures, which are sometimes called vertebral compression fractures (VCFs).
When a vertebra fractures, the usual rectangular shape of the bone becomes compressed and distorted, causing pain. These compression fractures, which may involve a collapse of one or more vertebrae in the spine, are a common symptom and result of osteoporosis.
Vertebroplasty uses a type of X-ray called a fluoroscope to guide a needle into a compression fracture, and then a special type of bone cement is injected into the fractured vertebrae. The cement hardens, stabilizing and strengthening the bone.
A variation of this procedure, called kyphoplasty, features a balloon that is inserted into the vertebral body and inflated to restore the bone to a more natural position. When deflated, the balloon creates a hollow cavity that is replaced by bone cement.
Both procedures provide immediate pain relief in most cases.
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