Information for the public
What has NICE said?
Percutaneous insertion of craniocaudal expandable implants for vertebral compression fracture is safe enough and works well enough for use in the NHS. Only people who still have pain after conservative treatment (for example, pain killers) should have the procedure.
What does this mean for me?
Your health professional should fully explain what is involved in having this procedure, and discuss the possible benefits and risks with you. You should also be told how to find more information about the procedure. All of this should happen before you decide whether you want to have this procedure or not.
Your healthcare team
A healthcare team experienced in managing vertebral compression fractures should decide which patients should be offered this procedure and should carry out treatment. The team should include a radiologist and a spinal surgeon.