What is included in postprocedural care following percutaneous vertebroplasty (PVP)?

Updated: Nov 12, 2019
  • Author: Gaurav Gupta, MD; Chief Editor: Justin A Siegal, MD  more...
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Generally, patients are kept on bed rest for 1–2 hours and given analgesics for postoperative pain with muscle relaxants for spasm. Patients with osteoporosis should be managed medically and closely followed after the procedure. Without systemic osteoporosis therapy, 20% of patients with a fracture develop a second fracture.

Treatment for osteoporosis includes DEXA scans, lifestyle modifications (smoking cessation, alcohol moderation, exercise), dietary supplementation (calcium, vitamin D), and medical management (antiresorptive). [22]


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