Scott L. Havsy, DO, JD, DAAPM
Certified in Pain Management

Percutaneous Vertebroplasty
 

 

Percutaneous Vertebroplasty is a procedure involves placing a small needle into the crushed bone. A bone cement is injected into the bone to secure it. Several crushed bones can be treated at the same time. Your doctor guides the needle into position using special x-ray equipment. Therefore, open surgery is not needed. The procedure takes about one hour and is usually done using only numbing medicine. Some patients who are in severe pain may need extra medicine to make them sleepy. Usually, patients can leave the hospital a few hours after the procedure is done.