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Neurointerventional Surgery for Spinal Fractures

At the University of Chicago Medicine, our interventional neuroradiologists specialize in highly effective, minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of spinal fractures.

Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty

Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are neurointerventional surgical procedures used to treat compression fractures (collapsed vertebra) in the spine and related back pain. During these minimally invasive surgical procedures, a needle is inserted through the back muscle and into the affected bone. In most cases, the patient experiences pain relief almost immediately. Most patients are released for discharge within two to three hours.

  • In vertebroplasty, an interventional neuroradiologist injects a medical cement mixture into the bone to make it more stable.
  • In kyphoplasty, an interventional neuroradiologist inflates a balloon within the bone to add more space, and then fills the expanded space with medical cement.

Both procedures are generally effective in stabilizing the spine and reducing or stopping back pain. Interventional neuroradiologists determine which technique to use based on the location and severity of the collapsed vertebra(e).

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