Vertebroplasty involves injection of bone cement into a partially collapsed vertebral body, while Kyphoplasty involves expansion of the partially collapsed vertebral body with an inflatable bone tamp, in an effort to relieve pain and provide stability. Sacroplasty involves surgical treatment that attempts to repair sacral insufficiency fractures using bone cement.
Issues: These surgical procedures are less invasive than other spinal surgical procedures, but more invasive than conservative medical therapy. Significant questions remain about the safety, efficacy and effectiveness (particularly long term and appropriate selection and therapy phase), and the cost effectiveness of vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty and sacroplasty.
- Draft Report Published: October 7, 2010
- Public Comment Period: October 7 - October 22, 2010
- Final Report Published: November 5, 2010
- HTCC Public Meeting: December 10, 2010
Primary Criteria Ranking
Safety = Med
Efficacy = Med
Cost = Med
Final Key Questions (70.3 KB)
Final Evidence Report (849.1 KB)
Appendices (518.4 KB)
Peer Review and Public Comments & Responses (845.4 KB)
Findings and Decision (377.1 KB)
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