Approximately 1.5 million vertebral compression fractures occur annually in the United States.
When a patient suffers a back fracture or vertebral compression fracture, they are subject to spinal compression, impaired mobility, difficulty sleeping and possibly breathing because of pain. In most cases, these fractures occur as a result of cancer, osteoporosis, or another form of physical trauma.
Minimally-invasive, vertebroplasty is completed via percutaneous placement of a needle guided by x-ray into the vertebrae body. Once properly positioned, the physician will inject medical bone cement into the fracture, effectively filling and sealing the injury. This procedure stabilizes the fracture giving significant relief of pain related to the fracture.