While it is conceivable that the benefits reported for vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty
in uncontrolled studies are explained by an extended placebo effect, the likelihood that the placebo effect would last for as much as 24 months of follow-up is unclear, Dr.
Percutaneous vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty
both aim to stabilise the vertebral body and achieve pain reduction (Dionyssiotis 2010).
One, known as balloon kyphoplasty
(BKP), inflates balloons to create spaces which are filled with cement.
The practice also performs many procedures of the neck, thoracic and lumbar spine, as well as minimally invasive procedures including microdiscectomies, kyphoplasty
, steroid injections and pain-reducing stimulators that enable patients to be discharged shortly after surgery.
First randomised trial comparing balloon kyphoplasty
(BKP) to non-surgical management among cancer patients with vertebral compression fractures 
Changes of pulmonary function for patients with osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures after kyphoplasty
. J Spinal Disord Tech 2007;20:221-5.
- pinhole surgery is the answer: Dr.
CareFusion introduces the AVAmax[R] Vertebral Balloon, a minimally invasive device for use during kyphoplasty
, a procedure for treating spinal compression fractures.
The procedure, which is called balloon kyphoplasty
, restores the vertebrae to its original form.
Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty
for the treatment of vertebral compression fractures: an evidenced-based review of the literature.
This edition incorporates 20 new chapters on radiofrequency lesionings, decompression and compression techniques, nerve blocks, percutaneous disketomies, percutaneous kyphoplasty
, sacral nerve stimulation, cervical cordotomy, and dorsal root entry zone lesioning techniques.
Aronovitz stressed that despite this development, the broad indication for vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty
remains unchanged: pain relief in patients with painful acute or subacute vertebral compression fractures.