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Vertebroplasty – Minimally invasive stabilization of the spine

Vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that stabilizes compression fractures (compression of the vertebrae) or unstable tumors on the spine. In people who experience severe, disabling pain from either cause, vertebroplasty can alleviate the pain, increase mobility and reduce the need for pain medication.

The procedure is performed under local or general anesthesia. The patient lies on his or her stomach during the procedure. We insert a vertebroplasty needle through the skin into the body of the vertebra and inject “bone cement.” The cement hardens, stabilizes the fracture and supports the spine. The whole insertion process is monitored by X-ray.

Advantages and disadvantages

  • Vertebroplasty is minimally invasive.
  • It leads to a rapid pain relief.
  • Complications occur only very rarely (<1% of procedures).

Why choose the USZ?

Many years of expertise

Our clinic is an internationally renowned institution in the field of diagnostics and minimally invasive, image-guided treatment. We treat diseases of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nervous system, associated organs (eyes, auditory, vestibular, etc.), and surrounding structures of the head, neck and spine.

Latest treatment methods

At the Department of Neuroradiology, we strive to offer the best possible treatment to every patient. We therefore use the latest interventional methods, the most advanced materials and instruments, and cutting-edge imaging techniques.

Partner network

Additionally, we hold weekly interdisciplinary conferences with experts from neurosurgery, neurology and neuroradiology during which we develop an individual therapy concept for each case. To guarantee optimal treatment selection and patient care our experienced neuroradiology interventionists further collaborate with experts from other clinics as well as with outstanding nursing and rehabilitation specialists before, during and after the intervention.

Course of treatment

Treatment starts with the diagnosis and the decision to use minimally invasive methods. After discussing this with you during a consultation, we will schedule a timely appointment, which is in keeping with the urgency of your case and your special wishes.

The treatment requires a hospital stay of two to three days. You will arrive the morning before the procedure and we will assess your status and make the final preparations. We will use this opportunity to answer any questions you might have. On the day of the procedure, you will be taken from the ward to one of our two operating rooms, where the surgical team will meet you and perform the intervention.


Immediately after the procedure, we will examine you to make sure everything went well. We will then transfer you to a specialized monitoring ward where you will be cared for and monitored for several hours. On the following day, you will undergo a magnetic resonance examination to assess the surgical outcome and rule out any complications. Usually, you will then return to the standard ward and after another one or two days you will consult with a specialist and can then go home. During this last consultation, we will schedule appointments for further check-ups.

Hospital stay 2-3 days

For patients

As a patient, you cannot register directly for an appointment. Please ask your physician to refer you to our clinic or to register you for the neurovascular consultation hour. ​


If you have any questions, please contact our patient secretariat.

Tel. +41 44 255 56 01

For referring physicians

Register your patient for our neurovascular consultation hour through the online form or through an e-mail to the patient secretariat.

Tel. +41 44 255 56 01