When you come in for the procedure, you will have the opportunity to speak with a clinical staff member in order to have any questions answered, and you will sign a consent form. In the procedure room, you will lie on the treatment table, and the area on your body to undergo the treatment will be sterilized. A radiology tech will be present to guide the fluoroscope (x-ray machine) that your doctor will be using to visualize the needle. You will be given a local anesthetic to decrease the pain of the procedure. The needle will be inserted in to your back, and bone cement will be injected directly into the fractured vertebra.
The entire procedure usually takes about 10 to 20 minutes. When it is finished, the needle is removed and the site is covered by a sterile bandage. Following the procedure, you will lie flat on your back in a recovery area while the cement continues to harden. You will be provided with discharge instructions. You will need to have a responsible adult with you to drive you home.