Balloon Kyphoplasty

  • Wade H. Wong
  • Wayne J. Olan
  • Stephen M. Belkoff


Percutaneous vertebroplasty (PV) reportedly achieves relief of pain from vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) in 70 to 90% of cases,1–4 but it does not address the kyphotic deformity that typically results from VCFs. Kyphosis can cause difficulties on multiple fronts. Biomechanically, kyphosis shifts the patient’s center of gravity forward, rendering the patient off-balance and at increased risk for a fall and subsequent and potentially more debilitating injury. A change in a patient’s center of gravity also creates additional stress on the vertebrae, increasing the risk of fracture.5


Vertebral Body Vertebral Compression Fracture Percutaneous Vertebroplasty Kyphotic Deformity Vertebral Body Height 


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  • Wade H. Wong
  • Wayne J. Olan
  • Stephen M. Belkoff

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