When your doctor has requested an Verterbroplasty, you will come to Radiology for a procedure to reduce or eliminate pain caused by broken bones in your back.
What is a Vertebroplasty?
Vertebroplasty is a non-surgical procedure performed by a Radiologist (doctor), which has been shown to be extremely effective in reducing or eliminating the pain caused by spinal fractures as a result of weakening in the bone - a condition called osteoporosis.
This procedure is done by a Radiologist (doctor). There will be some large machines, which are very safe. Specialised staff will remain with you throughout your stay. You will be sedated during the procedure and a nurse will be with you at all times.
What happens during the procedure?
The Radiologist will guide you throughout the procedure:
- A drip (IV line) will be inserted into your arm or hand prior to the commencement of the procedure. This will allow the Radiology Nurse to give you a combination of sedation and pain relief during your procedure, as required and as instructed by the Radiologist.
- Next the Radiologist will wash an area on your back with antiseptic solution and put local anaesthetic into the skin and deeper tissues to numb this area.
- The Radiologist will be able to accurately put a small needle into the crushed vertebrae and inject some bone cement under x-ray guidance. You will usually feel some pressure that may be uncomfortable, but should not be painful.
What happens after the procedure?
On completion of the procedure, a small dressing will be placed over the area. The nurse will continue to monitor you closely, then you can go home.
In a medical emergency, call 000. If you are feeling unwell, see your local GP or go to your local hospital Emergency department for help.