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Vertebroplasty

Surgical repair of vertebra compression fractures

A minimally invasive operation to repair and stabilise a damaged vertebra

About

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

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    The procedure may be carried out under general anaesthetic, so you'll be asleep, or use local anaesthetic to numb the area. Your consultant will pass a needle into the affected area, guided by X-ray. Once it’s in place, they'll fill the area with special bone cement. It hardens quickly, providing support and stability to the area.
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    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.
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    You might need to lie flat for several hours following surgery, and you may stay in hospital overnight, although you can usually go home on the day of the procedure. You may see the physiotherapist to help with your movement, and you’ll 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 let you know when you can return to your normal routine, including work or exercise.
Consultant in theatres

Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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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