A minimally invasive image guided procedure to treat vertebral compression fractures.
Patients are given mild sedation through an IV inserted in the arm during the procedure. An interventional radiologist makes an incision near the compression fracture. A tube is placed into the vertebral body. A balloon tamp is then passed down the tube and then the balloon is inflated to restore the height of the vertebral body. Once the vertebrae has regained height a special cement injected into the space and the tube removed creating permanent support for the vertebrae.