Until now there was little that doctors could do about compression fractures. Patients were usually treated with strong pain medicine and bed rest. But now there is a new treatment that:
- Does away with most or all pain in up to 90 percent of patients
- May prevent worsening of old spinal breaks
- Is cost-effective
- Has a short recovery time
- Improves the quality of life
Who will perform the treatment?
An interventional radiologist performs the Percutaneous Vertebroplasty. The interventional radiologist is a medical doctor trained to diagnose and treat certain diseases using patient x-rays and other diagnostic image.
What to expect before the treatment?
The interventional radiologist reviews your imaging (x-ray) studies and then, a few days before the procedure, meets with you to discuss the procedure and looks closely at the effected vertebra using special imaging equipment.