Vertebral Augmentation (also known as balloon kyphoplasty) is a minimally invasive procedure proven to significantly relieve pain, increase mobility, and improve quality of life in patients who have sustained a compression fracture.
How does it work?
Using a sterile technique and fluoroscopic visualization, a small incision is made, and one or two high-pressure balloon catheters are advanced into the collapsed vertebra. The balloon(s) are then inflated, creating a central void. The balloon catheter(s) are then deflated and withdrawn, and specially formulated acrylic bone cement is injected into the void(s) created by the inflated balloon(s). Once set, the cement forms an internal cast that stabilizes the fracture and improves pain.
Vertebral augmentation can be done on an outpatient basis.
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