Latest Vertebroplasty Stories

2008-10-28 12:00:38

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- DFine, Inc., a developer of minimally invasive solutions for treating vertebral compression fractures (VCFs), has secured a $30 million round of investment in its Series D funding led by BBT Fund LP and Highland Capital Management. Other investors include Prospect Venture Partners and Vanguard Ventures. DFine is dedicated to developing treatments for VCFs that relieve pain and improve quality of life for patients. More than 700,000 new VCFs occur...

2008-09-30 18:01:16

DURHAM, N.C., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- For patients who suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee, total knee replacement is a cost-effective procedure that leads to greater mobility and independent living -- even for those in their 80s or 90s -- according to research from Duke University Medical Center published in the October issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism. Researchers found that older patients who received the procedure were twice as likely to show improved physical mobility as those...

2008-07-08 12:01:16

By Andrew Smith, The Brunswick News, Ga. Jul. 8--With an increasing elderly population in America, osteoporosis poses a major threat for an estimated 44 million people. The National Osteoporosis Foundation estimated 10 million individuals in the United States have the disease, almost 34 million more may have low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis. Not only does osteoporosis cause back pain and stooped posture, it also causes more then 700,000 spinal...

2008-06-02 15:01:11

Dr. Robert Waldrip, orthopedic spine surgeon, today announced the grand opening of the Desert Mirage Medical Plaza and the Desert Mirage Surgery Center in Surprise, Arizona. The new facility offers minimally invasive procedures including vertebroplasty, a treatment for those who suffer from vertebral compression fractures due to osteoporosis, trauma or metastatic disease. Dr. Waldrip, whose practice is focused on the spine, has been located in the Phoenix area for more than 23 years and...

2006-01-24 14:24:44

By Will Boggs, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients who undergo vertebroplasty, a procedure in which the spine is injected with a sealant to stabilize a fractured vertebra, one of the bones that make up the spinal column, is associated with an accelerated rate of fractures in adjacent vertebrae, according to new report. "There may be an increased risk for developing new vertebral fractures following the vertebroplasty procedure and patients should be warned of this risk," Dr....

2005-06-30 14:45:00

A primary care practitioner can help improve quality of life and mobility for those who suffer from pain resulting from osteoporosis-related fractures by referring a patient for two relatively new non-invasive procedures. An article published recently in the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners reviews the pathophysiology of osteoporosis and describes how these new treatments - vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty - are being used to treat the pain associated with vertebral...

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  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
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