Minimally Invasive Therapies to Stabilize the Spine
Your physician may recommend minimally invasive therapy if you have a vertebral fracture – a common and painful side effect of spine tumors.
Our interventional radiology team uses nonsurgical techniques to stabilize the spine and repair vertebral fractures before radiation therapy or surgery. Minimally invasive therapies are also used to provide pain relief for tumors that do not respond to radiation. These procedures are usually performed on an outpatient basis and can help improve a patient’s mobility and quality of life.
A special bone cement is injected directly into a collapsed vertebra to stabilize the spine before surgery or radiation therapy. The cement may also serve as a marker in patients who are treated with image-guided radiation therapy.
A small balloon called a tamp is inserted into the vertebra and inflated. This creates a space into which bone cement can be injected.
Specialized bone screws are placed into vertebrae, with image guidance from fluoroscopy or x-rays. The screws serve as anchors for rods and other instruments that are used to stabilize the spine.