Minimally invasive surgical procedure to restore spinal alignment and stabilized vertebral fractures.

Under fluoroscopic guidance a cannula is placed into the vertebral body through which an inflatable bone tamp is inserted.

An inflatable bone tamp is a balloon used to elevate the compressed endplates to reestablish the original height and create a cavity into which to place polymethylmethacrylate.

Advantages over vertebroplasty include realignment of the vertebral body and reduce transmission of abnormally high forces to adjacent vertebrae and can decrease risk of adjacent vertebral collapse, and this type of procedure reduces the risk of extravasation of the polymethylmethacrylate by using high viscosity cement.

Leakage of cement through the vertebral bodies is the most frequent complication, but is rarely related to clinical manifestations.

Leakage of cement may be associated with pulmonary embolism, paraplegia and may have local or systemic reactions.

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