Percutaneous Vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive procedure involving the injection of bone cement in to the fractured vertebral body to alleviate the pain and enhance the strength and structural stability of the vertebra.
Vertebroplasty can be used for patients with vertebral compression fractures due to osteoporosis, metastatic tumors or benign tumors (for e.g. vertebral haemangiomas). Patients with metastasis and myeloma usually experience severe pain in the back. The procedure is perform to provide pain relief and cause bone strengthening and also to stabilize the vertebral body when the lesion threatens the stability of the spine.