Medical company releases new tool for spinal surgery
Spinal compression fractures are often caused by osteoporosis, a disease of low bone strength that affects an estimated 10 million Americans. In order to heal these fractures, doctors can perform kyphoplasty, which is a surgical procedure involving a small balloon that is used to create a cavity in the vertebrae. Bone cement is then delivered into the cavity to stabilize the spinal fracture.
In an effort to improve this procedure, a global medical instrument company is launching the Vertebral Balloon, which is a minimally invasive device for use during kyphoplasty.
During the product's limited release period, the company completed approximately 300 case studies, in which eight in 10 physicians said that they would strongly consider switching to the Vertebral Balloon.
The new tool is part of an all-in-one system that includes an eight-gauge or 10-gauge needle, bone cement and delivery instruments for kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty, which is an alternate procedure to treat compression fractures. The all-in-one system gives doctors the choice to perform either procedure at the time of patient care.
Osteoporosis results in an estimated 700,000 spinal fracture cases each year, which can cause disabling pain, height loss, balance difficulties and a decreased quality of life.