Vertebroplasty in the Treatment of
Osteoporotic Vertebral Fractures: Results and Functional Outcome in a Series of
175 Consecutive Patients
L. Serra1, F. Mehrabi Kermani1, K. Panagiotopoulos1, V. De Rosa2, L. Vizioli1
1Service of Neurosurgery, Istituto “G. Pascale”, Napoli, Italy 2Department of Radiology, Istituto “G. Pascale”, Napoli, Italy
Osteoporosis is the most common cause of vertebral collapse, which significantly impairs mobility and quality of life. Primary management consists of conservative therapeutic measures such as analgesics, bed rest, external bracing and rehabilitation. Percutaneous vertebroplasty for the treatment of osteoporotic compressive fractures has gained popularity during the last decade.
The limited invasiveness and encouraging results of vertebroplasty obtained in the treatment of patients with symptomatic osteoporotic compression fractures have favored an extensive use of the procedure for the management of patients with disabling pain refractory to conservative therapy. In the present paper, the authors provide procedure results and functional outcomes in a series of 175 consecutive patients with 242 symptomatic osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures treated by means of percutaneous polymethylmethacrylate vertebroplasty.