Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty for vertebral compression fractures #202

Marcin Chwistek, Rohtesh S. Mehta

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VP and BKP are effective analgesic interventions for painful VCFs in many patients, including cancer patients, and can be particularly helpful for patients who poorly tolerate opioids and other analgesics. Although understanding of the precise mechanism of action and precise indications are still evolving, these minimally invasive procedures should be considered as a part of a multidisciplinary approach to patients with painful VCFs. The choice of the vertebral augmentation procedure for a patient with either benign or malignant VCF is still largely guided by the experience of the practitioner performing the procedure. Patients taking opioids should be evaluated carefully after VP or BKP, as they may need dose reductions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1151-1152
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Palliative Medicine
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012


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