Vertebroplasty and Sacroplasty
Kyphoplasty, vertebroplasty and sacroplasty are all minimally invasive procedures for treating fractures in the spine and the sacrum. All three methods aim to stabilize the fractured bone and alleviate pain, but they differ slightly in their approach.
Vertebroplasty is a less complex procedure than kyphoplasty and involves directly injecting bone cement into the fractured vertebra without using a balloon or any cavity creation. The cement is injected under continuous fluoroscopic guidance to ensure accurate placement.
As the cement hardens, it stabilizes the fractured vertebra, provides support, and helps to relieve pain. However, vertebroplasty does not restore the lost vertebral height or correct spinal deformity as effectively as kyphoplasty.
The choice between kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty depends on the specific characteristics of the fracture and the patient's condition.
Sacroplasty is similar to vertebroplasty but targets fractures of the sacrum which is located at the back of the pelvis between the hips.