Vertebral compression fractures occur more frequently than hip and ankle fractures combined. These fragility fractures frequently result in both acute and chronic pain, but more importantly are a source of increased morbidity and possibly mortality. Percutaneous veretebral augmentation offers a minimally invasive approach for the treatment of vertebral compression fractures. The history, technique, and results of vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are reviewed. Both methods allow for the introduction of bone cement into the fracture site with clinical results indicating substantial pain relief in approximately 90% of patients.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine