Minimally invasive surgery could help back pain patients

6th April 2011

A new procedure to help people suffering from back pain from spinal fractures has been supported in a recent study.

Kyphon(R) Balloon Kyphoplasty has also been shown to help cancer sufferers as it provides better back pain relief, quality of life and back function than non-surgical methods.

In the procedure a needle and tube are used to create a small pathway to the bone, and orthopaedic balloons are inserted in an effort to move the vertebrae back into place.

Supporting doctor John O'Toole said: "The benefits can be near immediate pain relief of the fracture and the ability to get the patient back to a high level of function faster than typical non-operative courses of treatment."

The method was also tested in a study by the Cancer Patient Fracture Evaluation.

These tests have taken place in America.

Osteoporosis can lead to severe back pain and even fractures, as bones are weakened through the condition.


By Philip Briggs


Berenson, Dr James et al. "Balloon kyphoplasty versus non-surgical fracture management for treatment of painful vertebral body compression fractures in patients with cancer: a multicentre, randomised controlled trial." The Lancet. 17th February 2011.

 

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A Spire surgeon comments

Comment from Mr Alagappan Sivaraman, consultant spinal surgeon at Spire Hartswood Hospital.

"In my experience, vertebral augmentation procedures such as balloon kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty are safe procedures which have helped numerous patients with osteoporotic fractures and spinal tumours. These minimally-invasive procedures are performed using X-ray guidance and can be done on a day care basis, with a very quick return to normal function."

Balloon kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty are available at Spire Hartswood Hospital in Brentwood, Essex and at other hospitals in the Spire network.

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