What is Interventional
Interventional Radiology (IR) applies medical imaging to assist doctors to diganose and treat issues related to blood and lymph vessels within the body.
Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are procedures used to treat painful vertebral compression fractures in the spinal column. Fractures can be a result of injury or osteoporosis, where the usual shape of a vertebral bone becomes distorted or compressed and causes substantial back pain.
How it Works
During a vertebroplasty procedure, an interventional radiologist will use imaging guidance to inject a cement mixture into the fractured bone, and in a kyphoplasty procedure, they insert a balloon into the fractured bone to create a space and then fill it with cement. This is completed through a small incision directly over the affected vertebra. Following vertebroplasty, about 75% of patients regain lost mobility and increase their activity. Patients are often walking within hours after the procedure has been completed.
RadiologyInfo.org (2021). Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty