Dr. Finkenberg explains how he feels about The New England Journal Of Medicine is performing a study to question the validity of kyphoplasty (which is the restoring of the original height and angle of kyphosis of a fractured vertebra).
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One of the study was done mainly because I like to see reports on both sides of the fences to whether various procedures we do have effectiveness that is helpful for patients as well as decreasing health care cost. That particular study was done on patient, a fairly small population of patients that had the ability to be randomized initially but then to crossover as the study went through. And then after 30 days, we’re able to start that crossover process. So, the concern for many people who find that doing vertebral augmentation procedures or kyphoplasty are very effective in decreasing hospitalization and helping patients decrease their pain was that the study possibly gave people the impression that the procedure has no benefit at all. And I've taken a pull of people in our community as well as nationally and most of us believed that for a specific types of patient, there is no other way that we presently have to decrease the pain as quickly and to allow them to get back to their normal daily activities. Well, the study I think was important and I'm glad it was published. I do think that everybody needs to look at it very closely because the age of the patient, the various diagnoses they have, and the abilities to buy us a study by crossovers are things that we have to look at closely.

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