Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2015 Aug;40(15):1228-41
*Medtronic, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA †Exponent, Inc., Philadelphia, PA; and ‡Exponent, Inc., Menlo Park, CA. Dr. Edidin is a former employee of Medtronic.
Study Design: Vertebral compression fracture (VCF) patients in the 100% US Medicare data set (2005-2009).
Objective: To compare the mortality and morbidity risks for VCF patients undergoing conservative treatment (nonoperated), balloon kyphoplasty (BKP), and vertebroplasty (VP).
Summary Of Background Data: Studies have reported lower mortality risk for BKP or VP cohorts than nonoperated cohorts, but it is uncertain whether there are any differences in morbidity risks. Read More