Thoracic and Lumbar Kyphoplasty

  • Christopher M. BonoEmail author
  • Steven R. Garfin

Techniques of percutaneous vertebral body augmentation have been developed to stabilize osteoporotic thoracic and lumbar compression fractures. Current methods include vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty [1–5]. Distinct from vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty involves the percutaneous insertion of an inflatable balloon tamp into the vertebral body to create a void in which viscous cement is inserted under low pressure. The balloon tamp also enables vertebral body height restoration. In a number of clinical studies [3, 4, 6, 7], kyphoplasty has demonstrated a marked effectiveness in pain relief from symptomatic osteoporotic thoracic and lumbar compression fractures.


Vertebral Body Lateral View Computerize Tomogram Twist Drill Posterolateral Approach 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Boston Medical CenterBoston University School of MedicineBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryUniversity of California-San Diego, UCSD Medical CenterSan DiegoUSA

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