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Vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) have traditionally been treated with bed rest, medication and bracing, all of which help to decrease a patient’s pain but do not address the spinal deformity. Surgery can address the deformity but is typically reserved for cases of major neurological deficit and mechanical instability.

Balloon Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive option that addresses both the deformity and the pain by stabilizing the fracture and helping to correct the vertebral body deformity. Physicians report significant improvements at short- and long-term follow-up in patients treated with Balloon Kyphoplasty, including:

• correction of vertebral body deformity
• significant reduction in pain
• improvement in quality of life
• improvement in ability to perform activities of daily living
• low complication rate

Balloon Kyphoplasty is an excellent option associated with a low complication rate for patients suffering from painful VCFs due to primary and secondary osteoporosis, cancer and benign lesions. By achieving fracture stabilization and correction of spinal deformity, patients experience significant reduction in pain and improvement in mobility, thus reducing the number of days in bed and increasing overall quality of life. In the prospective multicenter U.S. study, patients were asked to rate their level of satisfaction with the outcome of their Balloon Kyphoplasty procedure on a scale of 1-20, where 1 was “completely dissatisfied” and 20 was “completely satisfied”. The mean score at one week post-operatively was 17.5 (88%) and persisted throughout two-year follow-up.[1] The median score was 20 (100%), or “extremely satisfied,” at all follow-up time points.

Balloon Kyphoplasty is performed worldwide (to date, primarily in the U.S. and Europe) and has been used since 1998 to treat over 175,000 fractures in 150,000 patients (Kyphon internal data).

1. Kyphon U.S. Multicenter Prospective Single Arm Study. Data on file at Kyphon Inc.

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