Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive spinal procedure that is used to treat vertebral compression fractures (VCFs).
Online PR News – 28-December-2009 – – Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive spinal procedure that is used to treat vertebral compression fractures (VCFs). Kyphoplasty has not been cleared for use in cases of trauma in the US, though a CE mark has been granted for this indication.
Vertebroplasty, from which kyphoplasty originated, was developed by an interventional radiologist in France in 1984 and involved injecting acrylic bone cement (polymethylmethacrylate, PMMA), percutaneously into a fractured vertebral body in order to stabilize it. Kyphoplasty was developed by Dr Mark Reiley (Kyphon) in 1997 as a modification to vertebroplasty. This procedure included the additional preliminary step of carefully inserting and inflating a bone tamp (a small balloon-like device) inside the vertebra to create a cavity which can then be filled with PMMA. This technique had a number of advantages over vertebroplasty including correction of deformity of the vertebra, as well as creating a cavity that allowed safer injection of PMMA at lower pressures.
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