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The aim of inserting a percutaneous craniocaudal expandable implant for a vertebral compression fracture is to strengthen the bone and increase its height, increase mobility and relieve pain. The implant is inserted with the patient lying on their front, and using a general, regional or local anaesthetic. An unexpanded implant is placed inside the affected level in the spine using x-ray guidance. It is then expanded with special instruments to restore the vertebral height. Bone cement is then injected into and around the implant.