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