8 doctors weighed in:
Has anyone here done a vertebroplasty? How risky?
8 doctors weighed in

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
Dr. Joseph Gemmete
Thank
1 comment
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.
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Jack Hinkle
Board Certified,
384K people helped
Continue
107,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors