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Vertebral augmentation/cementoplasty

What is vertebral augmentation?

Some cancers and/or their treatments cause painful fractures (breaks) in the spine or pelvis. Vertebral augmentation is an image-guided procedure to treat broken vertebrae (the interlocking bony segments of the spinal column) and fractures in the pelvis. It uses a special cement to stabilize the bone and provide pain relief. Vertebral augmentation is also known as a “cementoplasty.” 

Advantages of vertebral augmentation / cementoplasty

  • Decreases pain and use of pain medications
  • Improves quality of life
  • Reduces disability
  • Can be used with other cancer therapies