Radiofrequency-Targeted Vertebral Augmentation and Ablation

Radiofrequency-targeted vertebral augmentation helps eliminate spinal tumors and repair painful spinal fractures.

We now offer your patients minimally invasive technology to help eliminate spinal tumors and repair painful spinal fractures. This investment in our minimally invasive surgery program can help you improve your patients' quality of life by providing fast pain relief and enhanced spinal stability.

About Radiofrequency-Targeted Vertebral Augmentation

Patients with spinal fractures usually experience a significant amount of pain and a compromised ability to enjoy normal activities of daily living.


Using specially designed equipment to perform radiofrequency-targeted vertebral augmentation, surgeons are able to safely enter the fractured vertebra and create a small space within the fracture that is filled with quick drying bone cement, resolving the fracture and stabilizing the spine.

This minimally invasive technique is proven, safe and effective, and studies show lower extravasation rates than vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty.

Benefits to your patients may include:

  • It is typically performed as an outpatient procedure that requires a small incision and local anesthesia
  • The entire procedure generally takes 30 to 40 minutes
  • It generally provides patients with rapid pain relief, significantly shorter recovery times and a faster return to normal activities

About Radiofrequency-Targeted Tumor Ablation

Metastatic spinal tumors can be extremely painful and debilitating for the patient. Tumor ablation is a minimally invasive treatment approach that gives the spine specialist maximum control to provide palliation of vertebral body tumors.

Targeted radiofrequency ablation uses radiofrequency energy to destroy tumor cells and aid in the palliative response that can be used in conjunction with radiation.

Benefits to your patients may include:

  • Temperature sensors located within the minimally invasive surgical equipment continuously provide the surgeon with real-time information about the progress of tumor ablation for added safety
  • The entire procedure usually takes less than 60 minutes to complete and is completed using local anesthesia
  • Patients generally experience rapid and durable pain relief

Refer a Patient

Physician referral is required. To refer your patient, call:

844.74BSWMD (27963)

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