The use of balloon kyphoplasty is an option for the treatment of osteoporotic spinal fractures.
Hundreds of thousands of osteoporosis-related spinal fractures (also known as osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures) occur every year, but too many ever come to clinical attention.
The use of kyphoplasty is an option in treating osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures in people:
- who have severe ongoing pain after a recent, unhealed vertebral fracture despite optimal pain management and
- in whom the pain has been confirmed to be at the level of the fracture by physical examination and imaging.
Treating these fractures with balloon kyphoplasty could potentially save lives and is a cost effective way of preventing people from lingering in pain. If managed properly, patients can be relieved from acute back pain, reduce the number of times they visit their doctor and regain their independence. This procedure should become the standard of care for osteoporotic spinal fractures and ensure more patients have access to it.
Balloon kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure which aims to correct spinal deformity, offering fast and sustained pain relief leading to improved quality of life. This minimally invasive procedure enables spinal surgeons to stabilize and reconstruct the spine by inserting two small orthopedic balloons into the fracture by slowly inflating them. The cavity, created by the balloons, is then filled with bone cement to stabilize the fractured spine and potentially restore a patient’s vertebral body height.
A large U.S. Medicare registry showed a reduction in mortality in patients receiving balloon kyphoplasty by as much as 44% versus optimal pain management.
Osteoporotic spinal fractures cause kyphosis (sometimes referred to as a “dowager’s hump”), whereby the spine shortens and bends forward. These fractures are associated with curvature of the spine and loss of height, and can severely impact a patient’s life through loss of appetite, sleeping problems, decreased lung capacity, gastrointestinal problems and increased mortality.
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