Sympthoms //

VCFs caused by osteoporosis, tumors, malignancies, and other pathologies may impact the patient's quality of life. The following effects of sustaining a VCF     may occur: 

  • Sudden onset of back pain

  • Increase of pain intensity while standing or walking

  • Decrease in pain intensity while lying on the back 

  • Limited spinal mobility 

  • Eventual height loss 

  • Eventual deformity and disability

  • Reduced mobility, loss of balance and increased risk of falls 

  • Reduced lung function 

  • Reduced physical activity and increased bed rest 

  • Chronic back pain and fatigue 

  • Decreased quality of life

  • Increased risk of future fracture

  • Increased risk of death 

Treatment //

If you have been diagnosed with a VCF caused by osteoporosis, cancer or benign tumors, Vertebral Augmentation is a treatment option you may consider. Vertebral Augmentation is a minimally invasive procedure that may reduce back pain and repair the vertebral compression fracture. 

About the Procedure //

Before your procedure your doctor will perform a physical exam, ordering x-rays and other imaging tests such as MRI, CT or bone scan to determine the precise location of the fracture, how recently the fracture occurred and whether performing Vertebral Augmentation is the most appropriate treatment. The procedure can be performed under local or general anesthesia -your treating physician will decide which option is appropriate for you. 

During your procedure the void is then filled with bone cement to stabilize the compression fracture. As the cement hardens on the inside of the vertebral body, it will form internal supportfor the fractured vertebra. 

Vertebral Augmentation takes about one hour per fracture treated. It may be done on an inpatient or outpatient basis, depending on medical necessity. After the procedure, you will most likely be transferred to the recovery room for observation. 

After your VCF procedure, you will remain flat on your back for a period of time, in order for the cement to completely harden. Typically, patients are able to be discharged within a few hours after treatment. The incision sight is covered with a bandage. 

What should you expect with your Recovery? //

Treatment with the Affirm VCF System may help you return to normal activities. Many patients recover in 2-4 weeks; however, recovery time varies between patients. A positive attitude, reasonable expectations and compliance with your doctor's post­surgical instructions may all contribute to a satisfactory outcome.