Dr. Finkenberg describes the patients who benefit from a kyphoplasty procedure, which is the restoring of the original height and angle of kyphosis of a fractured vertebra.
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Really anything that results in a compression fracture of the vertebra can be benefited from a vertebral augmentation of kyphoplasty. You can get compression fractures from things other than trauma and that includes things like multiple myeloma, lymphoma, and other types of tumors. The only thing you have to be careful of is that sure the fracture occurs that there are no fragments pressing back towards the spinal canal. And that is true with vertebroplasty’s and kyphoplasty’s because obviously you are expanding materials inside the vertebra and you would not want to create any movement of that bone towards the canal but other than infections and possibly allergies to the components that make up the bone cement, there really are no other contraindications.
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