If you have compression fractures in your spine, our physician may recommend vertebroplasty. Vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive procedure used to stabilize compression fractures and stop painful movements. This procedure is performed by using a hollow needle to inject bone cement into the fractured bone. This cement-straightened vertebra allows you to stand straight, reduces pain and prevents further fractures. It is typically performed under light sedation and a local anesthetic to ensure comfort.
Vertebroplasty is considered a minimally invasive procedure because your surgery is performed with a needle and you can return home the day of your procedure after only a few hours of observation. We do recommend that you have a friend or a family member available to drive you home after your procedure.
For the first 24 hours after your vertebroplasty, we may recommend bedrest or taking it easy at home. You may gradually resume regular activities and may return to more strenuous activities after six weeks. You may experience some soreness at the puncture site, but this can be relieved with an ice pack and should dissipate within 24-48 hours. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled to ensure that you are recovering well.
For more details about vertebroplasty in Fayetteville and Atlanta, Georgia, and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zwade Marshall, please contact Regenerative Spine and Pain Specialists at 404-618-0995.