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Surgery Research and Practice
Volume 2014, Article ID 815286, 7 pages
Review Article

Percutaneous Vertebral Body Augmentation: An Updated Review

Orthopedic Research Center, Orthopedic Department, Imam Reza Hospital, Mashhad University of Medical Science, Mashhad 913791 3316, Iran

Received 9 December 2013; Accepted 14 April 2014; Published 28 April 2014

Academic Editor: Apostolos Karantanas

Copyright © 2014 Farzad Omidi-Kashani. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


There are many medical conditions like osteoporosis, tumor, or osteonecrosis that weaken the structural strength of the vertebral body and prone it to fracture. Percutaneous vertebral augmentation that is usually applied by polymethylmethacrylate is a relatively safe, effective, and long lasting procedure commonly performed in these situations. In this paper, we updated a review of biomechanics, indications, contraindications, surgical techniques, complications, and overall prognosis of these minimally invasive spinal procedures.