Cement Augmentation of the Spine (vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty)
Vertebral compression fractures are a common cause of pain and disability.
Percutaneous Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty techniques may be used to provide pain relief for people with severe painful osteoporosis with loss of height and/or compression fractures of the vertebral body and also for people with symptomatic vertebral haemangioma and painful vertebral body tumours (metastases or myeloma).
Percutaneous cement augmentation involves the injection of bone cement into the vertebral body to relieve pain and to stabilise the fractured vertebrae.
Having introduced these procedures to the United Kingdom, Dr David Wilson is one of the most experienced practitioners in the country and holds regular consultation clinics to meet with patients and discuss potential treatments.
Please read the following brochure for additional details. The St. Luke’s Radiology team will be happy to answer any queries you may have.
Recent vertebroplasty papers:
Vertebroplasty for Vertebral Fracture; Dr David J Wilson; BMJ 2011; 343:d3470
Wilson DJ, Owen S, Corkill RA, Facet joint injections as a means of reducing the need for vertebroplasty in insufficiency fractures of the spine., European radiology 21: 8, 1772-8, Aug, 2011.