Vertebroplasty Revisited

April 4, 2016

Recent Insights on Vertebroplasty

Osteoporotic fracture of the spine pose a major public health concern for most developed countries with an aging population. There is an ongoing controversy about the optimal treatment beyond medical management of the osteoporosis. Bracing, observational management or infiltration of a damaged vertebral body with bone cement (polymethylmethacrylate) in form of a vertebroplasty or by hollowing out the vertebral body with a balloon or similar technique followed by cement injection have been suggested as interventional management options with the promise of better patient outcomes and less long standing disability.
Randall M. Chesnut, M.D., FCCM, FACS, professor, Neurological Surgery; Allegra Endowed Chair; chief, Neurotrauma, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington School of Medicine
Isador Lieberman, M.D., MBA, FRCS, attending surgeon, Scoliosis and Spine Tumor Center, Texas Back Institute, Plano, TX
Michael J. Lee,MD., assistant professor, Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine; joint assistant professor, Neurological Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Jerry Jarvik, M.D., professor, Radiology; chief, Neuroradiology, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington