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Vertebroplasty: Evolving Role in the Management of Spinal Fractures

Elizabeth David, Interventional Radiologist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center

Vertebral augmentation has been a slowly evolving treatment that has undergone various stages from initial skepticism to eventual acceptance in well defined indications. This presentation is designed to explain the unique role this intervention has in managing spinal fractures in suitable patients. I hope to go through the evaluation process, inclusion and exclusion criteria in determining if this procedure is suitable for a patient suffering from a spinal fracture and ongoing mechanical pain. I hope to explain how we decide whether a percutaneous or surgical approach is required and what follow up is required. I also hope to go over potential complications and management options of such complications. The session would be valuable to trainees and Physiatrists.

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the evolving rold of vertebroplasty in the management of spinal fractures
  • Explain techniques that differentiate vertebroplasty from kyphoplasty
  • Discuss recent trial results
  • Discuss role of vertebroplasty in trauma and in the treatment of pathological fractures
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