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Cement treatment for osteoporosis fractures

Back fractures due to osteoporosis can now be mended intra-operatively with specially formulated cement introduced into the broken spine to support the bone in a procedure known as vertebroplasty. Vertebroplasty can be preceded by kyphoplasty, where the collapsed vertebral body is reshaped by a balloon before the cement is injected. The procedures are effective in relieving pain, but there are concerns that other surrounding vertebrae might be more liable to break due to the surgery.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The New York Times

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About: Cement treatment for osteoporosis fractures

Date: 29 August 2005

Source: The New York Times

Author: Gina Kolata

URL: http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/08/28/news/spine.php

Related Medical Topics

This summary article refers to the following medical categories:

  • Surgery
  • Surgery and osteoporosis
  • Surgery and back fractures
  • Surgery and collapsed vertebral body
  • Surgery and back pain
  • Surgery and vertebroplasty
  • Surgery and kyphoplasty
  • Surgery and broken back
  • Cause of back pain
  • Cause of collapsed spine
  • Cause of broken spin
  • Cause of broken back
  • Cause of collapsed vertebrae

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