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What do doctors think about vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty for the treatment of spinal compression fractures?

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"These procedures are amazing, when you look at how well patients do," says Rex Marco, MD, chief of spine surgery and musculoskeletal oncology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. "They're often in terrible, terrible pain, and it's not going away. But with two small incisions we can take care of something that needed a huge operation in the past but without really good results."

"We do everything we can to make the operation go as smoothly as possible," says Marco. "Antibiotics decrease the chance of infection. And a special x-ray machine helps us get the needle into the bone and assure that cement goes into the bone and stays in the bone."

SOURCES: 

Michael Schaufele, MD, physiatrist and professor of orthopaedics at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. 

Rex Marco, MD, chief of spine surgery and musculoskeletal oncology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. 

F. Todd Wetzel, MD, professor of orthopaedic surgery and neurosurgery at Temple University School of Medicine. 

The North American Spine Society. 

National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: "Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty for compression fractures of the spine." 

The Arthritis Foundation, vol 52.  Bulletin on the Rhuematic Diseases

University of Maryland Spine Center: "A Patient's Guide to Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion."

Reviewed by Ross Brakeville on January 21, 2017

SOURCES: 

Michael Schaufele, MD, physiatrist and professor of orthopaedics at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. 

Rex Marco, MD, chief of spine surgery and musculoskeletal oncology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. 

F. Todd Wetzel, MD, professor of orthopaedic surgery and neurosurgery at Temple University School of Medicine. 

The North American Spine Society. 

National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: "Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty for compression fractures of the spine." 

The Arthritis Foundation, vol 52.  Bulletin on the Rhuematic Diseases

University of Maryland Spine Center: "A Patient's Guide to Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion."

Reviewed by Ross Brakeville on January 21, 2017

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