"Patients who experience sacral insufficiency fractures often suffer a substantial degree of pain and disability," said Dr. Thomas Andreshak, orthopedic surgeon, Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center and St. Luke's Hospital, Maumee, Ohio. "This new indication for Kyphon HV-R cement, along with Kyphon Xpede Bone Cement will provide another excellent option to help these patients."
Sacral insufficiency fractures (SIFs) are a common cause of debilitating back pain. SIFs mimic the symptoms of lumbar spine pathology.1 Studies show more than two-thirds of patients diagnosed with SIFs aren't able to associate their pain with a traumatic event.2 As a result, physicians often prescribe conservative treatment, including physical therapy and prolonged bed rest. These patients report 20-45-day inpatient stays1 at the hospital, and prescription narcotic use associated with pain from untreated sacral insufficiency fractures, which are significant expenses to the healthcare system and result in lost productivity. Patients treated with bed rest are at increased risk of pulmonary embolism and DVT, as well as further muscle atrophy and bone loss.3
"In my practice, patients with sacral insufficiency fractures treated with sacroplasty experience immediate pain relief that allows them to resume daily activity and/or physical therapy without suffering from pain and physical limitations," said Dr. Labib F. Haddad, interventional radiologist, West County Radiological Group, St. Louis, Mo. "The procedure of sacroplasty with HV-R cement is a minimally-invasive procedure usually performed in an outpatient setting."
"Early intervention is an important consideration for both hospital costs and patient outcomes," said Jeff Cambra, vice president and general manager of the Interventional Pain Therapies business, which is part of the Restorative Therapies Group at Medtronic. "Combined with our 20 years of experience in vertebral compression fractures, this new indication for our bone cement solution allows us to continue to make an impact on vertebral compression fracture and sacral insufficiency diagnosis treatment in the U.S. by giving physicians options to deliver the best clinical solutions to their patients."
1 Ortiz AO, et al. Sacroplasty. Tech Vasc Interv Radiol. 2009: 12(1); 51-63. doi: 10.1053.
2 Wagner D, Ossendorf C, Gruszka D, Hofmann A, Rommens PM. Fragility fractures of the sacrum: how to identify and when to treat surgicall? Eur J Trauma Emerg. Surg. 2015; 41(4): 349-362. doi: 10.1007/s00068-015-0530-z.
3 Dittmer et al. Complications of immobilization and bed rest. Part 1: Musculoskeletal and cardiovascular complications. Can Fam Physician. 1993 Jun; 39: 1428-32, 1435-7.