The procedure may be performed on an outpatient basis. Patients are required to check in 30 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment time. Once taken back to the preparation area, a small IV catheter will be placed in your hand or arm. This catheter may be used to administer light sedation for the procedure. When taken to the procedure room, you will be placed on your stomach. Blood pressure and oxygen saturation monitors will be applied. The injection site will be cleansed with an antiseptic solution and draped in a sterile manner. Using a small, thin needle, local anesthetic is injected to numb the skin and deep tissue, which may feel like a stinging and/or burning sensation. Assisted by fluoroscopy (X-ray), a needle is inserted in to the fractured vertebra and bone cement is injected into the vertebra. Once the cement hardens this helps to stabilize the bone and helps to prevent further collapse. The procedure may take approximately 1 hour to perform. Post-operatively, the patient is to remain supine (flat on back) for 1 hour; followed by 4 hours of bed rest.