Non-surgical Relief of Vertebral Compression Fractures (VCF)

Vertebroplasty is rapidly becoming the standard of care for vertebra fractures caused by osteoporosis. This non-surgical procedure has been relieving back pain in the United States since 1994.

Vertebra fractures can cause long term debilitating pain. Patients who have vertebroplasty are frequently amazed at its effectiveness and the speed of recovery. Many with this vertebral fractures have not been given any solutions for this problem, other than pain medications.

How it works
Rather than use traditional surgery, the procedure is performed using an image guided hollow needle. The needle is inserted through a small nick in the skin and delivers medical grade cement to the fractured vertebra. The cement hardens in about 20 minutes. This stabilizes the bone, preventing further collapse and prevents the vertebral bone’s from rubbing together. Some patients experience immediate pain relief, in others it is usually reduced or eliminated within 2 days. About 75% regain lost mobility.

Who Performs the Procedure?
Our interventional radiologists perform this procedure. Interventional radiologists are physicians with an additional 5 - 7 years of specialized training to perform interventional procedures like vertebroplasty. Their specialty revolves around using imaging to guide them in performing procedures that eliminate the need for invasive surgeries.

Is Vertebroplasty Right for You?
You may be a candidate for vertebroplasty if you have debilitating pain cause by a compression fracture. Some patients may not be able to tolerate this procedure as they will need to lie face down for an hour or more. This can lead to broken rib bones in the case of patients with soft and/or porous bones. If you have persistent spinal pain, it’s important to see an interventional radiologist. If the untreated vertebra heals in a flattened wedge the compression fracture cannot be treated as effectively.

Additional Information
Here are some links to other websites with additional information about Vertebroplasty:
Web MD
Society for Interventional Radiolgy

How to Get Help
Patients may be referred to us from any site. To see one of our doctors and determine if you are a candidate for vertebroplasty, you will need a referral from your physician. Advanced Radiology Services helps streamline vertebroplasty by coordinating with your primary care provider and the appropriate treatment location. Your physician may contact us at:
Grand Rapids, Lakeshore and Lansing area: 616.459.7225
Kalamazoo area: 269.341.6380, press #1

Corporate Office: 616.363.7272, 3264 North Evergreen Drive, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Interventional Radiology Evergreen Office: 616.459.7225 (lower level of Corporate Office)