Vertebroplasty

Surgical repair of vertebra compression fractures

A minimally invasive operation to repair and stabilise a damaged vertebra

About a vertebroplasty

If you have osteoporosis, a tumour or an injury, you may experience a compression fracture in one of the vertebra which form your spine. This can make the vertebra unstable and cause pain. An operation to stabilise and restore a damaged vertebra can help relieve pain and prevent deformity or further fractures.

Need to know

  • What happens during a vertebroplasty? icon plus

    The procedure may be carried out under general anaesthetic, or use local anaesthetic to numb the area.

    Your consultant will make a small cut or cuts in the affected area and in the case of Kyphoplasty insert a small balloon-like device into the affected vertebra. This is inflated to raise the vertebra to its normal height. The space is then filled with bone cement which quickly sets to support and stabilise the area.
  • How to prepare for your procedure icon plus

    Your consultant will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have. If you're having general anaesthetic, they'll let you know how long you should avoid eating and drinking beforehand.

    You should arrange for someone to help you get home afterwards. As with all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
  • After your procedure icon plus

    Straight after your surgery, you may need to lie flat for several hours. You'll probably only be in hospital for the day, although you may need to stay overnight.

    You may have an appointment with the physiotherapist to work on the movement in your back. You'll also be given pain relief. Any cuts should heal within a week, and you’ll need to keep the area dry until then. Your consultant will advise you when you can get back to your normal routine, including work and exercise.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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