Surgical Technique of Vertebral Cement Augmentation (Vertebro/Kyphoplasty)

  • Antony L. R. Michael
  • Abhay S. Rao
  • Jake Timothy


The debilitating nature of pain after vertebral compression fracture both due to osteoporosis and metastatic disease is well documented in the literature. Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are two techniques for augmenting of vertebral bodies with acrylic bone cement. The aim of the procedure is to stabilize the vertebral fracture and thus relieve pain. A biopsy may be carried out at the time of cement augmentation. It is generally done as a day case procedure.


Vertebral Fracture Vertebral Body Vertebral Compression Fracture Osteoporotic Vertebral Compression Fracture Cement Augmentation 
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Further Reading

  1. Galibert P, Deramond H, Rosat P, LeGars D. Preliminary on the treatment of vertebral angioma by percutaneous acrylic vertebroplasty. Neurochirurgie. 1987;33:166–8.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  2. Phillips FM. Minimally invasive treatments of osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures. Spine. 2003;28(15S):S45–53.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Kallmes DF, Jensen ME. Percutaneous Vertebroplasty, How I Do It. Radiology. 2003;229:27–36.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Antony L. R. Michael
    • 1
  • Abhay S. Rao
    • 2
  • Jake Timothy
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Trauma and OrthopaedicsLeeds Teaching Hospitals NHS TrustLeedsUK
  2. 2.Department of Spinal SurgeryLeeds Teaching Hospitals NHS TrustLeedsUK
  3. 3.Department of NeurosurgeryLeeds Teaching Hospitals NHS TrustLeedsUK

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