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New Treatment Option for VCFs

Published on Tuesday, May 26, 2015
A new approach to treatment of vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) became available this spring at McLaren Flint. The medical center is the first area hospital to provide the Kiva VCF Treatment System, the first new approach to the treatment of VCFs in more than a decade.  In clinical trials, this minimally invasive system was shown to meet or exceed the performance of balloon kyphoplasty, the current standard of care for the treatment of VCFs.

VCFs occur when a vertebra (bone in the spine) cracks, fractures or collapses.  This is a serious condition which frequently goes undiagnosed. VCFs are most often caused by osteoporosis but can also be caused by trauma and bone tumors.

“The Kiva System is a new minimally invasive alternative that significantly reduces pain and restores function, and it offers important advantages for patients over balloon kyphoplasty,” states Avery Jackson, MD, Board Certified Neurosurgeon and Fracture Liaison Service Specialist certified by the National Osteoporosis Foundation. “I have already used the system on multiple patients and am very pleased with their recoveries, and so are they.”  

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The minimally invasive Kiva VCF Treatment System, which was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in January, is the first new approach to treating VCFs in more than a decade. It uses an implant that is delivered through a single, small-diameter incision. The cylindrical implant is designed to provide a predictable structural support to the vertebral body, and to direct and contain the bone cement that is used to repair VCFs. This new approach allows the surgeon to deliver a much more consistent result compared with balloon kyphoplasty, in which the bone cement is inserted directly into a vertebral cavity without an implant to hold it.

For more information, you can contact Dr. Jackson’s office at 810-606-7200.