As in vertebroplasty a patient lies face down. The physician advances a thin tube into the fractured vertebra from an incision in the back. Through the tube, the physician drills a small hole through the hard, outer part of the bone and into its softer center. This provides a pathway for the physician to inject cement into the interior body of the vertebra.. Either local anesthesia or general anesthesia may be used in these procedures.
Vertebroplasty can be performed on patients who: