Vertebroplasty Cost and Procedure Information

Vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive procedure used to stabilize spinal fractures, reduce pain and increase mobility. The procedure involves making a small puncture near the fracture and injecting acrylic bone cement with a small needle. Patients go home the same day of the procedure, and after 24 hours of bedrest, patients can gradually go back to their daily activities.

National Vertebroplasty Procedure Pricing Summary

National Minimum Price $4,508 (Searcy, AR)
National Average Price $7,326
National Maximum Price $12,398 (Searcy, AR)

Vertebroplasty Cost Averages Around the Country

Price Range
Denver, CO Vertebroplasty Cost Average $4,200 - $11,400
Baltimore, MD Vertebroplasty Cost Average $3,600 - $9,900
Boston, MA Vertebroplasty Cost Average $6,500 - $17,800
Detroit, MI Vertebroplasty Cost Average $4,300 - $11,700
Minneapolis, MN Vertebroplasty Cost Average $4,700 - $13,000
San Diego, CA Vertebroplasty Cost Average $5,200 - $14,300
San Francisco, CA Vertebroplasty Cost Average $5,800 - $15,800
Seattle, WA Vertebroplasty Cost Average $4,500 - $12,400
St. Louis, MO Vertebroplasty Cost Average $3,800 - $10,500
Tampa, FL Vertebroplasty Cost Average $3,700 - $10,100
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Featured Facilities that Perform Vertebroplasty

Name Location Price Range
Conyngham Valley Surgicenter Sugarloaf , PA $2,700 - $7,400
Orthopedic and Spine Surgery Richmond , IN $3,400 - $9,300
Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center Glendale , CA $7,600 - $20,900
General Orthopaedics and Adult Spine Searcy , AR $2,925 - $8,000
The Southeastern Spine Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center Mt Pleasant , SC $5,500 - $15,200
Santa Barbara Surgery Center Santa Barbara , CA $3,900 - $10,600
Century Same Day Surgery Latham , NY $2,625 - $7,300
Saint Vincent Surgery Center of Erie Erie , PA $2,700 - $7,400
Wildcreek Surgery Center Sparks , NV $3,000 - $8,200
Saint Luke's Hospital - Bethlehem Campus Bethlehem , PA $5,900 - $16,300
Gulf Coast Medical Center Biloxi , MS $5,300 - $14,400
Sentara Careplex Hospital Hampton , VA $5,000 - $13,800
Sports, Orthopedics and Spine Jackson , TN $3,000 - $8,200
Summit Surgery Center Covington , LA $2,325 - $6,300
Sandhills Orthopaedic and Spine Clinic Pinehurst , NC $3,400 - $9,300
Lakeview Surgery Center West Des Moines , IA $2,850 - $7,700
Lancaster General Lancaster , PA $5,700 - $15,500
Natraj Surgery Center Porterville , CA $3,900 - $10,500
Christus Santa Rosa Surgery Center San Antonio , TX $2,475 - $6,800
E. A. Conway Medical Center Monroe , LA $5,400 - $14,800
River Oaks Hospital Flowood , MS $5,400 - $14,900
Spine and Sports Medicine Center Kokomo , IN $3,400 - $9,300
Saint Joseph's Hospital Savannah , GA $5,400 - $14,700
Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota Sioux Falls , SD $5,800 - $15,900
Forsyth Surgical Center Cumming , GA $2,400 - $6,600
Longmont United Hospital Longmont , CO $6,600 - $18,000
Saint Anthony Central Hospital Denver , CO $6,200 - $16,900
Springhill Medical Center Mobile , AL $5,100 - $14,000
Lourdes Hospital Paducah , KY $5,400 - $14,900
Bloomington Normal Healthcare Normal , IL $2,700 - $7,300

Vertebroplasty Information & Details

Vertebroplasty Cost and Procedure Introduction

Vertebroplasty is a simple procedure to relieve pain caused by spinal fractures and to stabilize spinal fractures. This procedure also restores mobility. Vertebroplasties are performed in a hospital or outpatient surgical facility by a spine specialist. This is typically an outpatient procedure, but patients may have to stay in the hospital for a few days if they are frail or will not have help at home. This procedure is conducted using local anesthesia and light sedation. Guided by X-ray, the physician will inject acrylic bone cement into the fracture. The acrylic bone cement hardens quickly, so the spine is stabilized almost immediately — within 10 minutes. After a day of bedrest, you can return to normal activities quickly.

Patient Preparation for Vertebroplasty

A physical examination will be performed along with x-rays or MRIs. It is particularly important to inform the physician of all medications or vitamins taken regularly or if you are pregnant (or think you might be pregnant). Also, tell your doctor or if you have heart, lung or other medical conditions that may need special attention and, finally, if you have a history of bleeding disorders or if you are taking any anticoagulant (blood-thinning) medications, aspirin, or other medications that affect blood clotting. You will be given instructions in advance that will outline what you should and should not do in preparation for the surgery; be sure to read and follow those instructions. You will need to make arrangements for transportation after the surgery is complete. If you are given a prescription for pain medication, have it filled prior to surgery.

What to Expect During and After Vertebroplasty

The procedure itself takes about an hour (or one hour for each fracture), but the preparation and recovery time may add several hours. Most patients go home the same day as the procedure if there are no major problems. An intravenous line is inserted into the arm to administer a sedative and a painkiller. Your heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate and oxygen level will be monitored during the procedure. In most cases, the procedure is done local anesthesia and light sedation. The surgeon inserts a small needle into the fracture, and using an x-ray for guidance, injects acrylic bone cement into the fractured vertebra. The cement will harden in under ten minutes, and you may experience pain relief instantly. After lying on your back for an hour, your doctor will discharge you if there aren’t any complications. You may need to continue wearing a back brace, but it is not always necessary.

Before being discharged, you will be given instructions about limits on activities and what you should do to aid your recovery. If you notice any of the following, call the number the hospital gave you: Fever, excessive sweating, difficulty urinating, redness, bleeding or worsening pain.

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