Vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive procedure designed to relieve pain and stabilize the spine in patients suffering from vertebral compression fractures. It involves injecting a medical-grade bone cement into the collapsed vertebra, providing rapid pain relief and reinforcing the weakened bone.

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How Vertebroplasty Treats Compression Fractures

Vertebroplasty offers a significant relief for patients suffering from compression fractures, which can lead to lower, middle, or upper back pain. These fractures, commonly caused by osteoporosis, injury, or disease, result in a collapsed vertebral body, causing debilitating pain and reduced mobility. 

During this minimally invasive procedure, a specialized bone cement is injected into the fractured vertebra. This cement solidifies rapidly, providing immediate stabilization to the fractured bone. This stabilization not only alleviates pain across various regions of the back but also helps to restore some of the vertebral height and prevent further collapse. By converting a fragile, fractured vertebra into a more robust structure, vertebroplasty allows patients to experience significant pain reduction and return to normal activities. 

Vertebroplasty is a safer alternative to open spine surgery, requiring less recovery time while offering immediate pain relief, making it an effective solution for those suffering from the impacts of vertebral compression fractures in any part of the back. 

Why Lonseth Interventional Pain Centers?

Choosing Lonseth Interventional Pain Centers for vertebroplasty means entrusting your care to a team of experts dedicated to relieving back pain and improving quality of life. Our center stands out for its state-of-the-art technology, highly skilled professionals, and a patient-centered approach, ensuring each vertebroplasty procedure is tailored to individual needs.  

We prioritize safety, comfort, and the most up-to-date techniques to provide effective and minimally invasive treatment. Our record of successful outcomes in alleviating back pain is a testament to our commitment to excellence. At Lonseth, we understand the impact of spinal health on overall well-being and are dedicated to guiding our New Orleans patients towards a pain-free, active lifestyle. 

Vertebroplasty FAQ

Vertebroplasty has a high success rate in alleviating pain caused by vertebral compression fractures. Most patients report significant pain relief and increased mobility shortly after the procedure. The success of vertebroplasty largely depends on the proper selection of patients and the expertise of the medical team performing the procedure. 

Ideal candidates for vertebroplasty are individuals suffering from painful vertebral compression fractures, typically resulting from osteoporosis, benign or malignant tumors, or trauma. Patients should have a history of back pain correlating with the location of the fracture, and conservative treatments like pain medication and rest should have proven ineffective. 

As with any medical procedure, vertebroplasty carries some risks, such as infection, bleeding, increased back pain, and rarely, complications related to the cement leaking from the vertebral body. It’s important to discuss these risks with your doctor, considering your overall health and the specifics of your spinal condition. 

Recovery after vertebroplasty typically involves a short period of rest, followed by a gradual return to normal activities. Your doctor may recommend avoiding strenuous activities for a few weeks post-procedure. Pain relief is often immediate, and mobility generally improves as the back heals. 

The recovery time can vary, but many patients report feeling better within 24 to 48 hours after the procedure. Complete recovery, including the ability to return to full activities, may take up to six weeks. It’s important to follow your doctor’s specific recommendations for a safe and effective recovery.