What are the risks of vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty?
Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are common, safe and helpful procedures, but like any other procedure or medication there are many risks. Some of the risks are related to fracture, person’s health, anesthesia and procedure. Fortunately the risk of these procedures are generally low, but risks include death, stroke, heart attack, pneumonia, blood clots in lungs and legs, fat embolus, plastic spreading to the lungs, lung collapse, spinal cord or nerve injury causing pain, numbness, weakness, bowel and bladder incontinence or paralysis, infection, bleeding, but not limited to these complications. People with one fracture are at increased risk of future fractures.
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