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Drees P et al.
Radiofrequency Kyphoplasty - An Innovative Method of Treating Osteoporotic Vertebral Body Compression Fractures

Journal für Mineralstoffwechsel & Muskuloskelettale Erkrankungen 2011; 18 (Supplementum 1): 13-17

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The new StabiliT® radiofrequency kyphoplasty system in combination with the MidLine Osteotome permits targeted and controlled application of ultra-high viscosity cement with uniform properties over a processing period of up to 35 minutes. In addition to the primary goal of fracture stabilization, radiofrequency kyphoplasty offers the possibility of straightening and consequent restoration of the original profile of the vertebral body [32]. These two factors in unison cause significant pain relief – as in conventional balloon kyphoplasty – and a concomitant enhancement of quality of life while the duration of the intervention is reduced nearly by a half. Further investigations on radiofrequency kyphoplasty are needed to confirm the experience described above. However, it now appears possible to preserve the existing microarchitecture by controlled cement application, and simultaneously straighten the vertebral body. Biocompatible absorbable bone cements are currently being developed and will be available in the future for specific indications.
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