The first conduct of Vertebroplasty was in France in 1984 to treat compression fractures caused by bone cancer or bone metastasis. It was later done to treat compression fractures caused by osteoporosis.

Percutaneous Vertebroplasty was introduced in the United States in 1994 and has become widely available since 1997 as a treatment for pain associated with compression fractures due to osteoporosis. The procedure has been shown to provide continued pain relief for osteoporotic compression fractures.

A 1998 study by Dr. Deramond and colleagues reported on 80 patients with rapid and complete pain relief in more than 90% of osteoporotic cases. We achieved similar results in our local series.

We have been performing this procedure regularly since 2001 in Mount Elizabeth Hospital. Our patients’ follow-up treatments that took place from a month to 10 years since the procedure have shown strong evidence of prolonged pain relief.


Vertebroplasty is done using x-ray imaging and conscious sedation.

The interventional radiologist inserts a needle through a nick in the skin in the back, directing it under fluoroscopy (continuous, moving X-ray imaging) into the fractured vertebra. The physician then injects the medical-grade bone cement into the vertebra. The cement hardens within 15 minutes and stabilises the fracture, like an internal cast.

  • Cement leakage into the spinal canal with resultant nerve injury
  • Cement leakage into the blood stream with resultant
  • Cement embolisation to the lungs.
  • Infection
  • Bleeding from the needle insertion
  • Allergy to the cement

These risks are generally very low and overall risk for the procedure is estimated at less than 2 percent. There is also a risk of fracture of the adjacent vertebra, but this is not higher than the risk of a second fracture resulting from osteoporosis.

Vertebroplasty is available at:

Radiology Department,
Gleneagles Hospital

6A Napier Road, Singapore 258500
(65) 6470 5730/1
Fax: (65) 6470 5749

Department of Radiology & Nuclear
Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital

38 Irrawady Road, Level 2,
Singapore 329563
(65) 6933 1188
Fax: (65) 6933 0526

Radiology Department,
Mount Elizabeth Hospital

3 Mount Elizabeth, Level 2
Singapore 228510
(65) 6731 2100
Fax: (65) 6731 3368


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