What an orthopaedic surgeon should know about vertebral cement augmentation

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In the past 3 decades percutaneous vertebroplasty and percutaneous kyphoplasty have widely gained acceptance as a line of treatment in symptomatic osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures and osteolytic primary or secondary lesions in the spinal column. With an ever aging world population these minimal invasive techniques are expected to gain more importance in improving the medical care and quality of life. This review deals with the current techniques and advances of vertebral cement augmentation, their complications, cost efficiency, and effect on pain control.

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