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Balloon kyphoplasty

Treating spine fractures can save lives

A study of over 850,000 Medicare VCF patients predicted that median life expectancy was 2.2 to 7.3 years greater for operated than non-operated patients.1

Benefits of balloon kyphoplasty

  • Minimally invasive procedure done on an outpatient basis2
  • Usually requires only local anesthetic and mild sedation
  • Eliminates many of the complications that result from open surgery2

Procedure risks

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A study of over 2,000,000 Medicare VCF patients showed that only 15 patients need to be treated with kyphoplasty in order to save a life at one year compared to nonsurgical management.3

Treat patients with a high degree of success

The overall success rate for vertebral augmentation in treating osteoporotic fractures is approximately 85% to 90%.4 Patients experience:

  • Rapid and sustained pain relief567891011
  • Increased mobility5610
  • Improved quality of life69
  • Low complication rate610

Early diagnoses make all the difference

Acute and chronic pain in the elderly is commonly attributed to VCFs, often leading to further health deterioration in a “downward spiral” and a loss of independence. Because there is a substantial risk of subsequent fractures, it’s important that VCFs are diagnosed and treated early.



Guide needle into fractured vertebra using fluoroscopy.


Insert hand drill into the anterior third of the vertebral body to create a pathway.


Insert balloon catheter into the fractured vertebra.


Inflate balloon, compacting the trabeculae and creating a cavity.


Once the balloon is deflated and withdrawn, fill the cavity with bone cement.


Stabilized vertebral body.