Vertebral augmentation for spinal osteoporosis

What is verterbral augmentation surgery?

Vertebral augmentation surgery is a range of surgical procedures used to stabilise and support damaged vertebrae in the spine. The sort of damage treated by vertebral augmentation is caused by conditions such as osteoporosis. The two most commonly performed procedures are known as vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty.

What does this involve?

Though the various surgical procedures differ, they all involve the injection of a form of cement into the bone. This cement stabilises and supports the damaged bone, and holds them permanently in place.

When will I recover?

You may have to stay overnight in the hospital to ensure the cement hardens correctly, but you should be able to resume normal activities within a few days.