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What the procedure entails

The objective of both procedures is the reinforcement of the vertebral body by way of addition of surgical cement. The procedure is carried out transcutaneously under the control of an x-ray machine. Over the course of a few minutes from delivery, the cement hardens, stabilising the vertebral body. Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are most commonly used in the treatment of pain complaints in the course of compressive, ostheoporotic fractures of a single thoracic and lumbar vertebra or of multiple such vertebrae. Vertebroplasty may be considered in the treatment of vertebra cancer.

Standard length of stay at the clinic

Treatment is completed over the course of a single day

Anaesthesia type

Local infiltration anaesthesia

How to prepare for the treatment

Basic blood test: blood type and Rh factor, blood properties, basic biochemical examination (sodium, potassium, urea, creatinin, glucose), clotting system (APTT, INR), ECG, general x-ray image of the chest. Other tests or specialist consultations depending on the current condition of the patient, their fundamental disease and co-existing diseases (e. g. level of specific hormones, general urine test, cardiological consultation).

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M.D. Ph.D. Krzysztof Rzewuski
Specialist in neurosurgery
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Surgery of the spine

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