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Vertebroplasty Specialist

Brian K. Rich, MD -  - Interventional Spine and Pain Management Physician

aCELLerated Interventional Orthopedics

Brian K. Rich, MD

Interventional Spine and Pain Management Physician located in Wichita Falls, TX & Decatur, TX

If you experience a painful compression fracture, a minimally invasive procedure like vertebroplasty can provide relief and reduce the risk of more serious complications. At aCELLerated Interventional Orthopedics, interventional spine and pain management physician Brian Rich, MD, uses vertebroplasty to ease discomfort and encourage mobility. To make an appointment at the practice in Decatur, Texas, or Lawton, Oklahoma, call the nearest office today or book online.

Vertebroplasty Q & A

What is vertebroplasty?

Vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that treats vertebral compression fractures (VCF) caused by osteoporosis or injury. A VCF causes your vertebrae to collapse and place excess pressure on the bone below it, resulting in pain and a loss of mobility.

During vertebroplasty, Dr. Rich uses fluoroscopy –– a type of diagnostic imaging –– to inject a medical-grade cement mixture into your damaged vertebrae. The cement restores your vertebrae to their near-original shape and size, relieving the pain and encouraging your body’s natural healing process.

Who is a candidate for vertebroplasty?

Dr. Rich uses vertebroplasty to:

  • Repair bone that fails to heal following a fracture
  • Vertebral compression fractures caused by osteoporosis
  • Vertebral compression fractures caused by a tumor
  • Have weak bones due to long-term steroid treatment or a metabolic disorder

If you regularly experience back pain, and it’s caused by a fracture or related issue, don’t wait to make an appointment at aCELLerated Interventional Orthopedics.

How do I prepare for vertebroplasty?

Before recommending vertebroplasty, Dr. Rich reviews your health history, asks about your symptoms, and conducts a physical exam. Afterward, he orders lab tests, X-rays, and a bone scan. During your consultation, let Dr. Rich know about any prescription medication, supplements, or vitamins you take regularly.

On the day of your procedure, bring a friend or family member. The anesthesia takes a few hours to wear off, so you’ll need someone to drive you home.

What does vertebroplasty involve?

Vertebroplasty usually takes less than an hour. When you arrive at the office, you change into a gown and lie face down on an exam table. Dr. Rich administers a local anesthetic near the vertebrae being treated. 

Once the anesthesia sets in, Dr. Rich uses guided imaging to carefully insert a needle through your skin and into your vertebrae. When the needle is in position, he injects a cement mixture into the cavity. The cement mixture restores your vertebrae to its near-original shape and size. 

Dr. Rich removes the needle, cleans the injection site, and covers it with a bandage. Afterward, you’re moved to an observation room for recovery.

What is recovery like after vertebroplasty?

Following vertebroplasty, many people experience immediate relief. You might feel sore at the injection site for a day or two, but you can take over-the-counter pain medication to relieve any discomfort. Avoid strenuous activity for at least 48 hours. It’s also important to avoid soaking in a bathtub or hot tub until Dr. Rich says it’s okay.

To learn more about vertebroplasty, make an appointment at aCELLerated Interventional Orthopedics by calling the nearest office today or scheduling online.