There are several kinds of procedures that fall into the category of vertebral augmentation. Vertebral augmentation describes any procedure that is used to stabilize a damaged vertebra. Vertebral augmentation procedures include: vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty, or radiofrequency vertebral augmentation. Comprehensive Orthopedic and Spine Care employs these types of procedures to help relieve pain and stabilize the patient's spine.
Most patients who require vertebral augmentation have suffered damage to their vertebra, usually a compression fracture. Compression fractures can be caused by minor trauma to your spine, weakened vertebrae caused by the aging process, a spinal infection or tumor, or more serious trauma to your spine (from a serious accident/fall).
All vertebral augmentation procedures at Comprehensive Orthopedic and Spine Care whether it's vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty, or radiofrequency vertebral augmentation involve minimally invasive surgery. These procedures involve injecting bone cement inside of the damaged vertebra. This builds an internal cast inside the bone. The result is a more stable vertebra and spine section, and relief from pain.
Vertebral augmentation is common procedure at Comprehensive Orthopedic and Spine Care with generally high success rates, in terms of relieving the patient's pain and stabilizing the area where the fracture occurs. Because these are minimally invasive procedures, risks are considered lower when compared to more aggressive or open surgery.
As with all surgeries, there are risks and complications involved with any kind of vertebral augmentation procedures. Vertebral augmentation is an elective surgery. It is recommended that you talk with your surgeon and research the risks of the surgery, along with other methods for pain relief.
Make an appointment to consult with Dr. Joseph Weinstein and the Comprehensive Orthopedic and Spine Care about your treatment options today.