Percutaneous vertebroplasty: technical considerations

J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2003 Aug;14(8):953-60. doi: 10.1097/01.rvi.0000083255.29749.a8.


Percutaneous vertebroplasty has now been in use in the United States for 10 years. Standards of practice are available from the American College of Radiology. The performance of this procedure is becoming routine for most interventional practices, and it has become the general standard of care for pain associated with vertebral compression fractures of the spine. This article describes routine procedural technique and considerations and is intended to review the authors' knowledge of the procedure and provide reliable methods for good outcomes and complication avoidance.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Analgesia
  • Back Pain / prevention & control
  • Bone Cements*
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Humans
  • Hypnotics and Sedatives
  • Needles
  • Polymethyl Methacrylate*
  • Radiography, Interventional*
  • Spinal Fractures / surgery*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed


  • Bone Cements
  • Hypnotics and Sedatives
  • Polymethyl Methacrylate