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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 53  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 451--457

Kyphoplasty: Chances and limits

1 Orthopaedic Trauma Department, Hannover Medical School (MHH), Carl-Neuberg-Str.1, D-30625 Hannover, Germany
2 Rückenzentrum Thun, Bahnhofstrasse 3, 3600 Thun, Switzerland

Correspondence Address:
Ulrich Berlemann
Rückenzentrum Thun, Bahnhofstrasse 3, 3600 Thun
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DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.22612

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Kyphoplasty provides a minimal-invasive surgical technique for the cement augmentation of vertebral bodies following osteoprotic compression fractures or malignant processes. Kyphoplasty has been developed as an advancement of vertebroplasty. Both procedures feature high-success rates in terms of reliable and lasting reduction of pain. Advantages of kyphoplasty over vertebroplasty are to be seen in the possibility of deformity correction as well as in a decreased risk of cement leakage, which represents the most important source for clinical complications. Long-term experiences with the effect of cementing vertebral bodies are sparse. Thus indications and possibilities have to be judged realistically. Conditions, which have to be considered before performing kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty include age of the patient, age of the fracture, degree of deformation and additional degenerative changes of the spine. This article summarizes the present research and literature as well as indications and contraindications and is thought to provide guidelines for the aforementioned decision-making processes.


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