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2009-08-11 16:13:00

Dr. Mubin Syed evaluates findings; calls for additional research DAYTON, Ohio, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- A new study by Mayo Clinic researchers has given rise to more questions than answers about the effectiveness of vertebroplasty to treat osteoporotic spinal fractures. Vertebroplasty is a widely used procedure in which medical cement is injected into vertebrae to relieve pain and improve mobility in patients who have osteoporotic fractures. This study, funded by the National Institutes of...

2009-08-07 12:32:00

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Two studies released August 6, 2009 in the New England Journal of Medicine claim to demonstrate that vertebroplasty, a procedure to treat some painful spine fractures, is not effective. According to several authorities in the field, this is incorrect, as both studies actually demonstrate a significant improvement in patients' pain and ability to function normally. Tory McJunkin, MD, co-founder of Arizona Pain Specialists, has a personal connection...

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2009-08-06 12:30:00

Medical cement is commonly used to treat cracks in the spines of elderly people, however a study of the procedure revealed that the people undergoing the treatment had no better results than those receiving a fake treatment. The world-first study involving Monash University and the Cabrini Research Institute in Melbourne concluded that the injection of bone cement into broken vertebrae is not an effective treatment for patients suffering painful osteoporotic fractures, after finding both...

2009-08-06 11:40:50

Researchers say two recent U.S. studies of a spinal repair procedure known as vertebroplasty found the method was no more effective than placebos. Jeffrey Jarvik of the University of Washington said his study found vertebroplasty, which involves repairing broken vertebrae through the injection of bone cement, had no detectable benefit when compared with procedures that only mimicked such procedures, The Wall Street Journal said Thursday. Vertebroplasty should not be done any longer, unless...

2009-08-06 08:20:36

A new study led by Mayo Clinic researchers has found that relief of pain from vertebral compression fractures, as well as improvement in pain-related dysfunction, were similar in patients treated with vertebroplasty and those treated with simulated vertebroplasty without cement injections. The article, "A Randomized Controlled Trial of Vertebroplasty for Osteoporotic Spine Fractures," was released today in the New England Journal of Medicine.Vertebroplasty is a widely applied procedure in...

2009-07-22 09:13:28

Vesselplasty, a new minimally invasive procedure, increases mobility and reduces pain and the need for pain killers in patients with vertebral compression fractures (VCFs), according to a study performed at the Hospital Universitario Doctor Peset, Valencia, Spain. Vesselplasty is a new alternative to vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty"”two conventional VCF treatment methods. Vesselplasty solves the problem of leakage of cement out of the vertebral body which can happen during both...

2009-05-22 09:54:13

Hyperkyphosis, or "dowager's hump" "” the exaggerated forward curvature of the upper spine seen commonly in elderly women "” may predict earlier death in women whether or not they have vertebral osteoporosis, UCLA researchers have found.In a study published in the May 19 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers found that older white women with both vertebral fractures and the increased spinal curvature that results in the bent-over posture characteristic of hyperkyphosis...

2009-03-12 13:20:38

New research suggests a minimally invasive procedure called osteoplasty provides immediate and substantial pain relief to cancer patients who are suffering from metastatic bone disease and have no other pain relief options. Osteoplasty involves injecting bone cement to support weakened bones. Researchers say the procedure often presents some patients with the so-called "Lazarus effect," providing a patient with the ability to walk for several hours. "I cannot emphasize enough how important it...

2009-03-09 08:00:00

"Miraculous" Effects, Pain Relief of Osteoplasty -- an Interventional Radiology Treatment -- Detailed for Those Suffering From Cancer Spread SAN DIEGO, March 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Osteoplasty -- a highly effective minimally invasive procedure to treat the painful effects of metastatic bone disease by injecting bone cement to support weakened bones -- provides immediate and substantial pain relief, often presenting individuals who are suffering terribly with the miraculous so-called...

2009-02-25 22:49:25

Patients with balloon kyphoplasty showed more improvement in back function and back pain compared with those with non-surgical care, Scottish researchers say. Balloon kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive treatment used worldwide to treat vertebral compression fractures caused by osteoporosis and certain types of cancer. Dr. Douglas Wardlaw, the spine surgeon who was the lead author, said the study of 300 patients at 21 centers in eight countries also determined that the benefits of balloon...


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