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 $4,509 (Searcy, AR)
National Average Price $7,327
National Maximum Price $12,400 (Searcy, AR)

Vertebroplasty Cost Averages Around the Country

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

Name Location Price Range
University Hospital Cincinnati , OH $5,500 - $15,100
Bay Park Community Hospital Oregon , OH $6,000 - $16,300
Allied Physicians Surgery Center South Bend , IN $2,775 - $7,700
North River Surgical Center Tuscaloosa , AL $2,400 - $6,600
Marysville Ohio Surgical Center Marysville , OH $2,700 - $7,500
Saint John's Regional Medical Center Oxnard , CA $7,700 - $21,000
Surgery Center of Canfield Canfield , OH $2,700 - $7,300
Sharp Memorial Hospital San Diego , CA $7,600 - $20,900
North Florida Surgery Center Pensacola , FL $2,700 - $7,400
Lancaster General Lancaster , PA $5,700 - $15,500
Trinity at Terrace Park Bettendorf , IA $6,000 - $16,300
Sandhills Orthopaedic and Spine Clinic Pinehurst , NC $3,400 - $9,300
Laurel Grove Hospital Castro Valley , CA $7,700 - $21,100
Flagstaff Medical Center Flagstaff , AZ $5,900 - $16,200
Kapi'olani Medical Center at Pali Momi Aiea , HI $7,300 - $19,900
SCA Nashville Surgery Center Nashville , TN $2,475 - $6,700
Surgical Center of York York , PA $2,700 - $7,400
Burtonsville Surgical Center Burtonsville , MD $2,775 - $7,600
East Texas Medical Center Tyler Tyler , TX $5,500 - $15,000
Beaufort Memorial Hospital Beaufort , SC $5,900 - $16,100
Pennock Hospital Hastings , MI $6,100 - $16,800
Gaston Memorial Hospital Gastonia , NC $5,500 - $15,000
Indian River Memorial Hospital Vero Beach , FL $5,700 - $15,700
Saint Anthony Central Hospital Denver , CO $6,200 - $16,900
Frisbie Memorial Hospital Rochester , NH $7,200 - $19,600
North Hawaii Community Hospital Kamuela , HI $7,200 - $19,700
The Westerly Hospital Westerly , RI $6,800 - $18,600
Uab Medical West Bessemer , AL $4,900 - $13,300
Sentara Careplex Hospital Hampton , VA $5,000 - $13,800
Levi Hospital Hot Springs National Park , AR $5,200 - $14,100

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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