New Treatment for Spinal Compression Fractures


Giving You a Better Option, Remove Back Pain, Return to Life!

The Spine Fracture Center at St Johns Interventional and Vascular Institute is proud to offer revolutionary medical techniques to eliminate back pain resulting from compression spine fractures.  Vertebroplasty is a minimally-invasive procedure that can reduce or eliminate your back pain from vertebral compression fractures (VCF).

How It Works

Bones function to support your body and provide attachment for all muscles. A broken bone heals very slowly and requires the bone to be motionless during the slow healing so the fracture can grow back together. This is why a broken arm is placed in a cast.

All the muscles of your back, chest, and abdomen connect to the spine. These muscles are constantly pulling on the spine even if you lie perfectly still; for example when you breath. You cannot put a cast on your spine.

Vertebroplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure at our ambulatory center and typically requires an hour for the fracture treatment. This revolutionary vertebroplasty procedure is done through a small puncture in your skin using local anesthesia and light sedation. A needle is guided into the fractured vertebra under x-ray guidance and acrylic bone cement is injected. This fills the spaces within the bone and creates a type of internal cast within the vertebra  cementing the fracture and stabilizing the bone. Once internal cast hardens, the patient is free to return home the same day. Pain is often gone or significantly improved immediately after the procedure.

The Benefits

For active seniors especially, early and effective treatment to repair broken bones in your spine is a wonderful alternative to prolonged bed rest and the use of narcotics to manage pain. The benefits of this new procedure include a 90% or better reduction in pain within 24-48 hours and increased ability to perform daily activities shortly thereafter.

Unlike traditional surgery which has moderate risks, hospital stays, and long recovery, complications are rare with vertebroplasty, but as with most surgical procedures there are risks associated with the procedure. Vertebroplasty has been demonstrated to relieve pain from vertebral compression fractures and restore quality of life.

Potential complications include: leakage of cement from the bone, nerve injury, and infection.

benefits of vertebroplasty

The experts at the Spine Fracture Center now offer two minimally-invasive treatments for Spinal Compression Fractures: Vertebroplasty and Kyphon® Balloon Kyphoplasty.

You do not have to feel alone during this time. The team at the Spine Fracture Center truly cares about you and your unique situation and is here to help. Please contact the the Spine Fracture Center for a physician consultation to discuss the risks and whether an interventional radiology procedure is right for you.