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Date:3/10/2010

or acute vertebral fractures that reduces and corrects the vertebral deformity by inserting expandable balloon tamps and then filling it with bone cement. In 2007, 46,000 inpatient kyphoplasty procedures were performed in the United States, according to the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project coordinated by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality.

Results were presented today from a study of 149 patients treated with balloon kyphoplasty and 151 patients treated with non-surgical treatment. Measurements for quality of life, back pain and function, and days of disability were assessed through 24 months of follow-up. Compared to non-surgical care, balloon kyphoplasty:

  • Improved quality of life;
  • Reduced back pain and disability; and
  • Did not increase adverse events including the risk of vertebral fracture over two years.

"I have been using balloon kyphoplasty to treat patients with painful vertebral compression fractures for years so the immediate and sustained pain relief we saw in the study did not surprise me," concluded Jan Van Meirhaeghe, MD, study co-author and orthopaedic surgeon, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, St-Jans Hospital, Brugge, Belgium and Gent University Hospital, Gent, Belgium. "But until now these decreased pain levels and significant quality of life improvement, as compared to non-surgical treatment, had not been demonstrated in a clinical trial."


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Contact: Lauren L. Pearson
pearson@aaos.org
847-384-4031
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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