Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Interventional Radiology


Nancy E. Reid, MHA, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA


The purpose of this article is to compare the two most popular minimally invasive surgical treatment options for vertebral compression fracture, vertebroplasty (VP) and balloon kyphoplasty (BKP). VP has been put to use since 1980’s, almost a decade earlier than BKP. Both VP and BKP are done percutaneously, and research projects have shown that the two variants have similar surgical outcomes. Their risks, effectiveness, and costs are compared in this article. Findings are presented to readers to make better informed decision if this type of surgery is ever needed.


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