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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.2

Benefits of balloon kyphoplasty

  • Minimally invasive procedure done on an outpatient basis3
  • Usually requires only local anesthetic and mild sedation
  • Eliminates many of the complications that result from open surgery3

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.4

Treat patients with a high degree of success

The overall success rate for vertebral augmentation in treating osteoporotic fractures is approximately 85% to 90%.5 Patients experience:

  • Rapid and sustained pain relief6789101112
  • Increased mobility6711
  • Improved quality of life710
  • Low complication rate711

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.

Procedure

1


Guide needle into fractured vertebra using fluoroscopy.

2


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

3


Insert balloon catheter into the fractured vertebra.

4


Inflate balloon, compacting the trabeculae and creating a cavity.

5


Once the balloon is deflated and withdrawn, fill the cavity with bone cement.

6


Stabilized vertebral body.