There has been much ado about Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty in recent months beginning with the study published by the New England Journal of Medicine. Normally a well respected publication, it has been taking a lot of heat for publishing this report. It appears as though the studies were cut short from the projected number of patients because of a variety of reasons; however, the published findings were that Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty offer no benefit over a placebo.
Since then, docs that use these devices and see tremendous improvement in their patients lives as well as the the companies that have developed, tested and now manufacture these devices have published multiple contradicting reports and data.
There have been several articles written and press releases sent out with evidence that these procedures are not only effective but superior in some aspects. The question as we see it is: What do you all think? Is there a continuing place for Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty in the spine world? Also, a lot of companies are playing in this Vertebral Compression Fracture space, which technologies do you think have the best chance of cutting a slice out of Medtronic’s pie?
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