Vertebroplasty & Kyphoplasty for Compression Fractures

People with osteoporosis or bone tumors sometimes develop painful compression fractures of the spine.

Risk Factors for Osteoporosis

  • Age increases risk
  • Smaller body frames
  • Family history
  • Diets that are low in calcium
  • History of gastric bypass surgery
  • Sitting for long periods
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Use of tobacco
  • Medications
  • Vertebroplasty provides long-term pain relief for spinal compression fractures caused by osteoporosis or bone tumors and prevents further collapse of the vertebra.

    Guided by medical imaging, interventional radiologists can use this minimally invasive technique to inject medical-grade bone cement into the spine to strengthen it at the site of fracture.

    Some patients experience immediate pain relief after vertebroplasty. Most report that their pain is gone or significantly better within 48 hours.

    Studies show vertebroplasty provides long-term relief and has a low complication rate. It is covered by most insurance plans.

    Additional Resources and Sources:
    Click Here to read more about osteoporosis and kyphoplasty at the Society of Interventional Radiology website.

    VIVA offers the following services:
    • Consultation
    • Kyphoplasty
    • Vertebroplasty
    • Sacroplasty

    How will I feel after the procedure?

    Some patients experience immediate pain relief after Vertebroplasty/Kyphoplasty. Most report that their pain is gone or significantly better within 48 hours. Many people can resume their normal daily activities immediately.
    You may note some soreness or bruising at the needle access site for a few days after the procedure. You may use an icepack to help with discomfort. Taking Tylenol or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen is usually sufficient in relieving the discomfort. If you develop recurrence of pain after a pain-free post procedure interval you should call our office.

    What are signs of complication?

    If you develop chest pain, fever or numbness or tingling to your hands or feet please call VIVA at

    When should I follow up?

    2 weeks after your procedure.