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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Vertebroplasty is a procedure to fix broken vertebrae. Vertebrae are the round, strong bones that form your spine.
- Medicines may be given to help decrease pain or to treat a bacterial infection.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- You have worsening pain, even after you take your medicine.
- You have increased trouble walking or moving around.
- You have pain in your ribs or lower back.
- You have sudden trouble talking.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You feel lightheaded, short of breath, and have chest pain.
- You cough up blood.
- Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
- Your procedure area becomes red, warm, and swollen.
- You have drainage from the area where your procedure was done.
- You are unable to move one or both of your arms or legs.
- You are urinating less than usual, or not at all.
- You suddenly cannot think clearly.
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