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How serious is a vertebroplasty for a compression fracture of the spine?
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Dr. Jason Huffman
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Its a minor surgery
Vertebroplasty is typically an outpatient surgery that is done with conscious sedation and local anesthetic.
The procedure takes about 30 minutes. The complication rate is very low. There is typically minimal blood loss. Otherwise healthy patients can usually go home about an hour after the procedure.

In brief: Its a minor surgery
Vertebroplasty is typically an outpatient surgery that is done with conscious sedation and local anesthetic.
The procedure takes about 30 minutes. The complication rate is very low. There is typically minimal blood loss. Otherwise healthy patients can usually go home about an hour after the procedure.
Dr. Jason Huffman
Dr. Jason Huffman
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: No
Relatively speaking, a vertebroplasty is a safe, effective procedure for painful vertebral compression fractures.
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In brief: No
Relatively speaking, a vertebroplasty is a safe, effective procedure for painful vertebral compression fractures.
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Dr. Edward Hellman
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Dr. William Newton
Pain Management
In brief: Minimal Risk
There are risks with all procedures.
Vertebroplasty done by the right physician can be an effective way to manage acute pain from a compression fracture. The main risk is leaking of the bone cement outside of the bone. Again, if done correctly this is a low risk. Please note that there are other options to treat compression fracture rather than vertebroplasty, such as kyphoplasty.

In brief: Minimal Risk
There are risks with all procedures.
Vertebroplasty done by the right physician can be an effective way to manage acute pain from a compression fracture. The main risk is leaking of the bone cement outside of the bone. Again, if done correctly this is a low risk. Please note that there are other options to treat compression fracture rather than vertebroplasty, such as kyphoplasty.
Dr. William Newton
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Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Non-surgical treatment is always the first line of treatment. I agree with Dr. Newton and Huffman, the procedure can even be done only under local anesthesia. But just to add a point, despite the fact that there is minimal risk in the hands of a well trained Physician, majority of patients with compression fractures will not need any surgery, as the pain will regress and fracture will heal.
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