Vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) are a serious and growing problem for older Americans. They are the most common type of osteoporotic fragility fracture, often resulting in prolonged and debilitating pain.
During vertebral augmentation, a balloon catheter is used to create a void in the collapsed vertebra, helping to allow for controlled and contained cement delivery. The hardened cement creates an internal cast that stabilizes the fracture, thereby alleviating pain. The procedure has been shown in certain studies to result in effective pain relief for up to 80-90% of patients.