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2022 Dec

Pain Physician



A Single-Center Retrospective Analysis Investigating the Effect of Timing of Vertebral Augmentation on Pain Outcomes.


Ehsanian R, To J, Koshkin E, Petersen TR, Berti A, Rivers EW, Sorte D
Pain Physician. 2022 Dec; 25(9):E1423-E1431.
PMID: 36608014.


Approximately 700,000 individuals experience osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures (OVCF) every year in the United States. Chronic complications from patients and increasing economic burdens continue to be major problems with OVCFs. Multiple treatment options for OVCF are available, including conservative management, surgical intervention, and minimally invasive vertebral augmentation. Prior studies have investigated the utility of vertebral augmentation techniques such as percutaneous vertebroplasty (PVP), balloon vertebroplasty (BVP), and vertebral augmentation with the KivaTM implant on patient mortality with favorable results. The optimal time from OVCF occurrence to vertebral augmentation continues to be a topic of investigation.