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Interventional Radiology

Kyphoplasty/vertebroplasty

X-ray guidance is used to access a fractured vertebral body with a needle,

through the center of the needle a catheter with a balloon is passed then inflated in an effort to try to “restore the fracture” next bone cement is injected to create an internal cast within the bone.  Pain relief can be dramatic.  This can be done for osteoporotic fractures as well as other types of fractures such as those related to trauma or cancerous lesions.

Dr. Archie McGowan talks about Interventional Radiology

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