Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty for the treatment of vertebral compression fracture

Merlin T, Newton S, Hedayati H, McCaffrey N, Moss J, Hiller JE
Record ID 32006000636
Original Title: Application 27
Authors' results and conclusions: Vertebroplasty - Safety - Vertebroplasty appears to be a largely safe procedure although there is insufficient evidence to determine if it is as safe as, or safer than, medical management. Effectiveness - On the basis of limited evidence, vertebroplasty appears to be more effective than conventional medical management at treating symptomatic vertebral compression fracture in the short term, and as effective in the long term. Kyphoplasty - Safety - The available evidence is not sufficient to make definitive conclusions on the safety of kyphoplasty compared with conventional surgery, as there were no studies available comparing the two techniques. The majority of evidence came from a comparison with conservative treatment or from uncontrolled case series. These types of study designs cannot rule out the possibility of natural history or placebo effects. Tentative conclusions may be made from the available literature that kyphoplasty is a safe procedure, although there is insufficient evidence to determine if it is as safe as, or safer than, conventional surgery. Effectiveness - The literature base was insufficient to allow conclusions to be made regarding whether kyphoplasty is as, or more, effective than conventional surgery at improving health outcomes.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2005
URL for published report: Not Available
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Australia
MeSH Terms
  • Bone Cements
  • Fractures, Compression
  • Kyphosis
  • Spinal Fractures
Organisation Name: Adelaide Health Technology Assessment
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