This minimally invasive outpatient procedure is used to treat a compression fracture of the vertebra. It can restore the height of the vertebra and stabilize the fracture, providing rapid pain relief. Using fluoroscopic guidance, the surgeon inserts a guide wire through the skin of the back and down to the target vertebra. A dilator is pushed over the wire to create a working channel to the vertebra. The surgeon pushes an instrument through the channel and into the collapsed vertebra to create a cavity in the body of the vertebra. The cavity is filled with bone cement which rapidly cures and thus stabilizes the bone.
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