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Pros and cons of kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty for vertebral compression fracture?
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Brace
Most spine fractures will heal within 3 months with bracing, limiting strenuous activity and close follow-up with a spine specialist.
Some fractures require surgical stabilization and kyphoplasty is an option for elderly patients with compression fractures. Check out spine-health.Com.

In brief: Brace
Most spine fractures will heal within 3 months with bracing, limiting strenuous activity and close follow-up with a spine specialist.
Some fractures require surgical stabilization and kyphoplasty is an option for elderly patients with compression fractures. Check out spine-health.Com.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Very good
If the patient is of sufficient age- such as greater than 50 although not all patients need to be this age, it is a minimally invasive way to treat a vertebral fracture with cement and have quick relief of pain.
Of course, since i'm a conservative dr., i like to let the compression fractures heal in a brace without being invasive. Let your pain be your guide.

In brief: Very good
If the patient is of sufficient age- such as greater than 50 although not all patients need to be this age, it is a minimally invasive way to treat a vertebral fracture with cement and have quick relief of pain.
Of course, since i'm a conservative dr., i like to let the compression fractures heal in a brace without being invasive. Let your pain be your guide.
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Dr. Larry Armstrong
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: Kyphoplasty
Better control of cement placememt with kyphoplasty was developed to avoid leaks seen in vertebralplasty only con is cost to insurance the kyphon balloons are way too expensive so insurance has looked for less expensive alternatives of course in luding the gov medicare kyphoplasty has an opportuniity to change the wedge to a block.

In brief: Kyphoplasty
Better control of cement placememt with kyphoplasty was developed to avoid leaks seen in vertebralplasty only con is cost to insurance the kyphon balloons are way too expensive so insurance has looked for less expensive alternatives of course in luding the gov medicare kyphoplasty has an opportuniity to change the wedge to a block.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
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