What is vertebroplasty?
The vertebroplasty procedure, available from Southeastern Interventional Pain Associates in Atlanta, is an outpatient procedure that is performed to stabilize compression fractures in the spine. The vertebroplasty surgical procedure involves the injection of bone cement into back bones (vertebrae) that have cracked or broken, often due to osteoporosis. When the cement hardens, it stabilizes the fracture and supports your spine.

The vertebroplasty surgical procedure can greatly reduce pain and allow you to return to normal activity.

How is the vertebroplasty surgical procedure performed?
The vertebroplasty surgical procedure is performed while you are awake, but sedated. Your Southeastern Interventional Pain Associates physician will ask you to lie facedown and will numb your back with local anesthetic.

Guided by a fluoroscope, the neurologist will pass a hollow needle through a small incision into the spinal muscles and then into the vertebrae. X-ray cameras placed above, below, and on the sides of the table assist with guiding the needle placement. Once the needle is in the correct position, the neurologist will inject bone cement into the vertebra. The vertebroplasty surgical procedure takes about one hour for each vertebra that is treated.

Afterward, you will be asked to lie flat on your back for two hours to allow the cement to harden. Once you are discharged, you can resume normal activity. You should experience significant pain relief within a few days.

What are the advantages of the vertebroplasty surgical procedure?<./strong>
There are several advantages to undergoing the vertebroplasty surgical procedure including:

  • Decreased pain. Compression fractures cause sharp, debilitating pain. Patients are often prescribed bed rest and pain medication. Vertebroplasty will reduce, and in some cases eliminate, the need for pain medication. It can also restore mobility.
  • Increased functional ability. Many people are unable to perform everyday tasks due to debilitating pain of a fracture. Because vertebrosity stabilizes the facture, it can decrease pain and allow you to return to normal activities.
  • Prevention of further vertebral collapse. The cement strengthens the bone by filling the spaces made by osteoporosis and helps prevent future fractures.
  • Most patients experience significant pain relief and are pleased with the results.

    Find out if the vertebroplasty surgical procedure is right for you. Call (770) 558-8501 to schedule your appointment with Southeastern Interventional Pain Associates today. We are conveniently located on Hammond Drive in Atlanta, Georgia.