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  • n. A medical procedure where bone cement is injected percutaneously into a fractured vertebra with the goal of relieving the pain of vertebral compression fractures.

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  • My Little Phonies :-)

    March 18, 2010

  • Ouch.

    March 18, 2010

  • "Two studies last year in the NEJM New England Journal of Medicine showed that vertebroplasty, in which cement is inserted through a needle into the spine to stabilize vertebrae, is no more effective at reducing pain and disability than fake surgery (anesthesia, small incision for the needle, no cement). That suggests it is the hope and expectations of patients, not the procedure, that help. Yet about 170,000 vertebroplasties are done every year, at a typical cost of $5,000."

    —Sharon Begley, "This Won't Hurt a Bit," Newsweek, March 15, 2010

    March 17, 2010

  • vertebroplasty is a widely practiced procedure to stabilize

    compression fractures. As a minimally invasive technique it is generally performed on an outpatient basis.

    August 6, 2009