By Mayo Clinic Staff
Vertebroplasty is an outpatient procedure for stabilizing compression fractures in the spine. Bone cement is injected into back bones (vertebrae) that have cracked or broken, often because of osteoporosis. The cement hardens, stabilizing the fractures and supporting your spine.
Vertebroplasty can greatly reduce pain and allow you to return to normal activity.
April 01, 2015
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