June 2013

Introduction

News and Controversies in Vertebral Augmentation

Alessandro Cianfoni

Alessandro Cianfoni

In 1987, Deramond and Galimbert introduced the vertebral augmentation (VA) technique, which spread widely as an effective procedure to treat painful vertebral compression fractures (VCFs). In 2009, the New England Journal of Medicine published the INVEST and Australian trials,1,2 the first  two randomized blind-sham procedure-controlled trials on … more »

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Post–Vertebral Augmentation Back Pain: Evaluation and Management

Shahmir Kamalian

Shahmir Kamalian

Osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the elderly population, causing considerable pain and disability, which lead to a substantial decline in quality of life. Multiple studies, including randomized controlled trials, have shown the beneficial effects of vertebral augmentation when … more »

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Intervertebral Bone Cement Infusion for Painful Vertebral Compression Fractures and Resolution of Vertebral Deformities in Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty

Kunio Yokoyama

Kunio Yokoyama

Validity of Intervertebral Bone Cement Infusion for Painful Vertebral Compression Fractures Based on the Presence of Vertebral Mobility

Vertebroplasty using bone cement is well known to provide marked relief of prolonged pain from vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) and to improve activities of daily living for patients. We … more »