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Has anyone here done a vertebroplasty? How risky?

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Dr. Joseph Gemmete
Radiology - Interventional
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Very low risk procedure in an osteoporotic compression fracture.
Risk is slightly higher for metastatic disease to the vertebral body, since cement is more likely to leak.

In brief: Yes

Very low risk procedure in an osteoporotic compression fracture.
Risk is slightly higher for metastatic disease to the vertebral body, since cement is more likely to leak.
Dr. Joseph Gemmete
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Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Yes, more than a few hundred times. When properly done, very low risk. However, highly overused. Make sure you understand why this would be done, and That it is not just to make the picture look better, and not making you feel better.
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

It is a low risk procedure for osteoporotic compression fractures.
There are risks due to the viscocity of the injected cement. If not properly monitored, the cement can leak out of the bone into the adjacent structures including the veins, disc, and spinal canal. The procedure should only be done with a doctor with good training and experience.

In brief: Yes

It is a low risk procedure for osteoporotic compression fractures.
There are risks due to the viscocity of the injected cement. If not properly monitored, the cement can leak out of the bone into the adjacent structures including the veins, disc, and spinal canal. The procedure should only be done with a doctor with good training and experience.
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