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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
About: Cement treatment for osteoporosis fractures
Date: 29 August 2005
Source: The New York Times
Author: Gina Kolata
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