Keywords: Orthopedic surgery
AbstractWe introduce a relatively new procedure that is gaining acceptance as a therapeutic modality for patients suffering from vertebral body compression fractures. This procedure, percutaneous vertebroplasty, can be used to help treat vertebral body fractures of those suffering from osteoporosis, bone metastasis, or direct trauma when medical therapy has failed. Our own research, as well as current literature, suggests that this procedure has a very high success rate, and is safe with a complication rate of 1-3%. Our goal is to educate physicians of this procedure so they may offer an alternative treatment for those patients who are suffering from vertebral body compression fractures.
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