Percutaneous Vertebroplasty is a new, minimally invasive interventional therapeutic alternative for the treatment of painful spinal compression fractures caused by osteoporosis. This outpatient procedure is also occasionally used to treat pathologic fractures from benign and malignant spine tumors as well as fractures associated with trauma.

During this one-hour procedure, surgical "cement" is injected through a needle into the fractured or crushed bone. Within 15 minutes the cement hardens and the bone becomes 4-5 times stronger than the rest of the bones in the spine. The severe pain is completely or nearly completely relieved in about 93% of patients, usually within 24 hours. This procedure is safe and highly effective.

If you have any questions regarding any of these therapies, please do not hesitate to contact us. Consultation can be arranged through our Interventional Radiology Clinic by calling (260) 435-7951 during regular business hours.

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