Thoracic and Lumbar Kyphoplasty
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.
KeywordsVertebral Body Lateral View Computerize Tomogram Twist Drill Posterolateral Approach
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