Are You a Candidate For Vertebroplasty or Kyphoplasty?

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In the absence of vertebroplasty and the similar procedure kyphoplasty, a common remedy to vertebral compression fractures (VCF) is fusion—typically with bone grafts or metal screws, wires and rods or plates.

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Metal may still have its place, but it can sometimes be avoided with vertebroplasty. “What is vertebroplasty?” “Does the related procedure, kyphoplasty, cure back pain?” And, “Is either right for me?” you may wonder.

VCF is when a vertebra collapses into itself to form a wedge shape (narrower in the front). This may be caused by osteoporosis, metastatic tumor, multiple myeloma, vertebral hemangioma, lifting a heavy object, or even coughing and sneezing.

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