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What are the problems with kyphoplasty?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: None

Kyphoplasty is an excellent treatment for patients with osteoporotic compression fractures that are failing conservative care or are in debilitating pain.
It is also successful in the treatment of pathologic features from certain metastatic tumors and multiple myeloma. It is not indicated for vertebral fractures in younger patients. Proper indications and patient selection are key. Kyphon.Com.

In brief: None

Kyphoplasty is an excellent treatment for patients with osteoporotic compression fractures that are failing conservative care or are in debilitating pain.
It is also successful in the treatment of pathologic features from certain metastatic tumors and multiple myeloma. It is not indicated for vertebral fractures in younger patients. Proper indications and patient selection are key. Kyphon.Com.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Dr. Michael Ekizian
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Several

Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are not risk-free.
Short-term complications occur mainly due to extravasation of the cement and can include increased pain and damage from heat or pressure to the spinal cord or nerve roots as well as cement embolization. Long-term problems include local acceleration of bone resorption caused by the treatment itself and new vertebral fractures.

In brief: Several

Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are not risk-free.
Short-term complications occur mainly due to extravasation of the cement and can include increased pain and damage from heat or pressure to the spinal cord or nerve roots as well as cement embolization. Long-term problems include local acceleration of bone resorption caused by the treatment itself and new vertebral fractures.
Dr. Michael Ekizian
Dr. Michael Ekizian
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Dr. Greg Hicken
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction

In brief: Unnecessary

Unless there is severe pain, there is little reason to consider kyphoplasty.
Long term non-operative and operative results are the same.

In brief: Unnecessary

Unless there is severe pain, there is little reason to consider kyphoplasty.
Long term non-operative and operative results are the same.
Dr. Greg Hicken
Dr. Greg Hicken
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