, Volume 40, Issue 4, pp 371-373
Date: 29 Jan 2011

Vertebroplasty: where do we go from here?

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Vertebroplasty has been a remarkable success story in the field of musculoskeletal interventional radiology. First devised in France in 1985 by Herve Deramond to treat cervical spine hemangiomas, it was soon being used to solve a variety of spinal problems that had previously been difficult to treat. Soon after its introduction it was used in the palliative treatment of spinal column metastases with great success. It was quickly recognized that percutaneous vertebroplasty was a relatively straightforward and simple solution to problems that had previously proven to be very complex, requiring in many instances surgery that had considerable morbidity and mortality. Not long afterwards vertebroplasty was applied to the solution of a less dramatic, but far more common problem that produced considerable morbidity—osteoporotic compression fractures.

Until the advent of vertebroplasty, osteoporotic compression fractures often proved to be a difficult therapeutic challenge. Although approximate ...