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Utah Vascular Clinic


650 East 4500 South, Suite 100
Salt Lake City, UT 84107

Ogden Regional Medical Center


5475 South 500 East
Washington Terrace, UT 84405


Pain Management

Kyphoplasty/Vertebroplasty of Spinal Fractures

Vertebral Compression Fractures

Minimally-invasive treatments for painful spine fractures.

For many elderly people, back pain is frequently caused by vertebral compression fractures brought on by osteoporosis (thinning of the bones) or cancer. With sometimes very little trauma like sitting down too hard, sneezing, twisting or coughing and falling down, the vertebral body collapses, causing it to fracture and cause pain. Motion at the fracture site is the cause of pain. Fractures are treated with casts. How do you place an internal cast within the spine?

Vertebroplasty is an internal cast.

Percutaneous vertebroplasty is a nonsurgical, minimally invasive outpatient procedure where a needle is placed into the fractured vertebral body. Bone cement is then injected through the needle into the fractured vertebral body, applying an internal cast and stabilizing the fracture offering structural support and near immediate pain relief.

Kyphoplasty is even better!

After sedating the patient, providing pain medication and numbing up the skin, a very small incision is made approximately 1/8 inch in length over the spine. A narrow pathway is made into the fractured bone with a hollow instrument inserted through the backbone. Next, a small space is created within the bone and sometimes one or two small orthopedic balloons are guided through the instrument into the vertebral body. The balloons are carefully inflated to gently elevate the fractured vertebra in an attempt to return it to the correct position. Once the vertebral body is in the correct position, the balloons are deflated and removed.The cavity is filled with thick bone cement to stabilize the fracture. The bone cement dries quickly and forms an internal cast that holds the vertebral body in place and greatly improves the pain. The whole procedure takes about 30-60 minutes depending on the number of fractures. The patient is sent home and hour or so later with a Band-aid over the small puncture site.

Refer to these websites for more information:

Most commonly, vertebral compression fractures are caused by osteoporosis or cancer, which compromise the vertebra's structural integrity and can lead to vertebral collapse and compression fractures of the spine. READ MORE at DFINE ►►

Sudden onset of sharp back pain?

You may have a Vertebral Compression Fracture (VCF). FIND OUT MORE ►►


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