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.
Why choose Mayo Clinic
- Experience. Each year, Mayo Clinic specialists perform hundreds of vertebroplasties. Mayo was one of the first centers in the U.S. to offer vertebroplasty.
- Cutting-edge medicine. Mayo Clinic specialists use the latest imaging technology to pinpoint the source of back pain. During vertebroplasty Mayo specialists use sophisticated image guidance and minimally invasive techniques that speed your recovery.
- Team approach. Treating spinal compression fractures takes cooperation by specialists in radiology (neuroradiologists), neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery and endocrinology. Mayo specialists work together so that you get the expertise you need to solve your problem.
- Time for you. Your Mayo Clinic doctor will take time to discuss options and answer your questions about vertebroplasty.
- New ideas. Mayo Clinic researchers are studying improved materials and techniques for treating compression fractures in the spine. You have access to the expertise of Mayo's clinician-researchers.
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery and for orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked high performing for neurology and neurosurgery and for orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery and for orthopedics.