AMA CPT® Assistant - 2001 Issue 3 (March)

Percutaneous Vertebroplasty (March 2001)

March 2001 page 1 Percutaneous Vertebroplasty (To see the illustration, click here.) Percutaneous vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive, radiologically guided vertebral augmentation procedure that uses radiologic imaging to identify a fractured vertebral body and monitor the injection of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), an acrylic polymer cement. In addition to injection of the PMMA, vertebroplasty also involves fluoroscopic or CT guidance to aid in proper needle placement prior to injection of the polymer cement. In addition to stabilizing the fractured vertebral body, vertebroplasty often immediately alleviates the pain caused by the fracture. Osteoporotic compression fractures comprise about 90% of the vertebroplasty...

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