Interventional Radiology specialists perform percutaneous spondyloplasty (vertebroplasty) procedures under axial tomography guidance.
This is a non-surgical, micro-invasive method: the physician uses a special needle to inject a polymer of cement-like qualities into the selected diseased vertebra.
The aim of spondyloplasty (vertebroplasty) is to reinforce the osteoporotic vertebral body that has suffered a fracture, has been compressed due to osteoporosis or – more rarely – needs to be supported due to metastatic tumour or myeloma.
Patients are relieved of pain, protected from exacerbation of their fracture and can soon return to work.
The procedure usually requires one-day hospitalisation.