Sacroplasty

Sacroplasty

The condition in which bone in the lower back is weakened by osteoporosis is called sacral insufficiency.  Sacral insufficiency fractures are  relatively common and are an extremely debilitating source of lower back pain.

What are traditional treatments for lower-back bones weakened by osteoporosis (sacral insufficiency)?

A sacral insufficiency fracture is a debilitating condition. Traditional treatment requires prolonged bed rest, with the associated complications that result from immobility.  To reduce pain, physicians have traditionally prescribed bed rest, painkillers, corsets, or other measures. Such treatments can put patients at increased risk of thromboembolism, skin breakdown, pressure ulcers, constipation, depression, progressive osteoporosis, and reduced muscle strength and cardiac function.

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What is sacroplasty?

Sacroplasty, performed by an interventional radiologist, is a safe and effective treatment of osteoporotic fractures of the sacrum.  Symptoms are often immediately relieved by treatment of the fractures with injection of polymethylmethacrylate.

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What is the sacroplasty procedure?

In this procedure, a medical-grade “cement” is injected into the sacrum using imaging guidance.

The result is to dramatically reduce low back and buttock pain caused by sacral insufficiency fractures.

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Why does RIA Endovascular recommend comprehensive fracture care?

Post-procedure, we will discuss using a bone-building agent to treat your underlying condition.  We offer  educational classes on osteoporosis to support patients with information about how they can best manage their condition.

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