Percutaneous Vertebroplasty Performed at Tampa General Hospital
Percutaneous vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive spine procedure used to treat fractures in the vertebrae. These fractures are often a result of osteoporosis, a condition that naturally develops with age and results in brittle bones. When the spine compresses, it can put excessive pressure on the vertebrae and result in fractures that cause pain and discomfort. If these symptoms persist, percutaneous vertebroplasty is an option that individuals may want to explore. A physician will typically recommend this procedure to a patient with a vertebral fracture if:
- Conservative treatment methods such as back braces, bedrest, physical therapy, and over-the-counter pain relievers are ineffective
- Symptoms persist or worsen over time
- Symptoms are severe to the point of being debilitating
- The fractured vertebra starts causing other complications
Tampa General Hospital’s surgeons have years of experience performing this minimally invasive surgical procedure to help patients with spinal fractures enjoy a better quality of life. A percutaneous vertebroplasty involves making a small opening in the skin near the fractured vertebra. The incision made in the skin is minimal thanks to the assistance of real-time X-ray imaging called a fluoroscopy. A surgeon is able to use this imaging to precisely inject medical-grade cement into the fractured bone to stabilize it and prevent further damage. After the percutaneous vertebroplasty procedure is complete, most patients are quickly able to return to regular, daily activities.
Tampa General Hospital is dedicated to helping patients with spine fractures and other degenerative spine diseases find relief from their symptoms through our comprehensive care program.