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What can prevent me from qualifying for PVA?

Your doctor will decide if you are a suitable candidate for percutaneous vertebral augmentation based on your examination and medical history.

Not all patients qualify for percutaneous vertebral augmentation. Typically, this treatment is not recommended for patients who show improvement after conservative management.

The selection process for patients undergoing PVA does not include those with non-painful compression fractures. Other types of patients who don’t qualify for this procedure are those who have:

  • osteoblastic metastasis
  • severe cardiorespiratory disease
  • allergy to cement
  • fracture-dislocation injury
  • osteomyelitis (bone infection)
  • bleeding disorders
  • unstable fractures
  • active infection of the spine
  • coagulation disorders
  • allergies to medications used during the treatment

Percutaneous vertebral augmentation techniques

The most common surgical methods for treating vertebral fractures, each with its particularities, are:

  • vertebroplasty: injecting cement into the fractured bone
  • kyphoplasty: inserting a balloon first to expand the compressed vertebra before filling the space with bone cement

The primary goal of these procedures is to:

  • reduce pain
  • improve function and mobility
  • allow a straight standing position
  • prevent recurring pain and fractures

Both surgeries are safe and effective, allowing a faster recovery time while reducing the risk of postoperative complications.


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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/