A vertebroplasty is a treatment used to stabilize a spinal fracture by administering bone cement into one or more vertebrae. The spine is composed of 33 bones, which strengthen and provide stability to the entire body. If a vertebra becomes damaged, it impacts the spinal structure and can cause disabling pain and limited movement. Our skilled, board-certified physicians use vertebroplasty to repair the backbones and help keep them in place. Sometimes, doctors may recommend a brace for a broken or collapsed vertebra to limit movement in the spine, but this may cause further damage. With vertebroplasty, the specialized cement holds fractured bones together and prevents additional injury. Please schedule an appointment with one of our expert pain management physicians at Tricity Pain Associates in Corpus Christi, TX to discover how vertebroplasty might help you.
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Vertebroplasty only takes about an hour for each bone that needs treatment and is an outpatient procedure so patients may recover at home afterward. At the beginning of your appointment, we will provide a sedative to ensure you remain relaxed throughout the treatment. Next, we use advanced medical imaging technology to properly place the bone cement. After identifying the injured vertebra on the live feed x-ray machine, one of our skilled physicians inserts a needle and injects the cement-like mixture into the bone. As the material starts to solidify, the broken bone starts to stabilize and regain its structure. A lot of patients experience drastic improvement after 48 hours of the surgery.
Don’t let the pain caused by a fractured vertebra impact your daily life. Please call Tricity Pain Associates in Corpus Christi, TX to alleviate painful symptoms and schedule an appointment to learn more about vertebroplasty.