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If you have done kyphoplasties and vertebroplasties, for people with vcf, what are the specific benefits of a kyphoplasty over a vertebroplasty?

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Dr. Greg Khounganian
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Some benefit

Kyphoplasty uses a balloon to inflate inside the vertebrae.
This forms a cavity for the cement to be placed in. This can be beneficial to help contain the cement and prevent it from leaking out. However, leaking out of the bone can still occur. It was also thought to restore the height of the compression, but over time this was shown not to be true. Both techniques can be very helpful for pain.

In brief: Some benefit

Kyphoplasty uses a balloon to inflate inside the vertebrae.
This forms a cavity for the cement to be placed in. This can be beneficial to help contain the cement and prevent it from leaking out. However, leaking out of the bone can still occur. It was also thought to restore the height of the compression, but over time this was shown not to be true. Both techniques can be very helpful for pain.
Dr. Greg Khounganian
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Dr. Sharad Rajpal
Neurosurgery

In brief: Treating MD's choice

The best kind of treatment for the patient is actually the treatment option done best by the treating physician.
One is not necessarily superior over others, as long as the treating physician is competent in the technique. One has to take into account multiple factors, including the level of fracture, degree of compression, fracture fragment locations, patient medical issues, etc.

In brief: Treating MD's choice

The best kind of treatment for the patient is actually the treatment option done best by the treating physician.
One is not necessarily superior over others, as long as the treating physician is competent in the technique. One has to take into account multiple factors, including the level of fracture, degree of compression, fracture fragment locations, patient medical issues, etc.
Dr. Sharad Rajpal
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