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Vertebral Compression Fractures
Contributing factors for VCFs
Vertebral compression fractures are most often caused by osteoporosis, and there are 750,000 osteoporosis-related vertebral compression fractures annually in the U.S. alone,1 representing a large patient population which is only expected to continue growing as the population ages. Other causes of VCFs include trauma and malignant bone tumors that cause the spine to collapse. VCFs are painful and debilitating.
What is a vertebral compression fracture?
A vertebral compression fracture (VCF) occurs when a vertebra—a bone in the spinal column—cracks, fractures, or collapses. These fractures are unique because they frequently occur without apparent trauma and may cause no symptoms, often going undiagnosed until other complications arise.2 It is estimated that two-thirds of VCFs are never diagnosed because many patients dismiss their back pain as a sign of aging and/or arthritis.3
Indications for Use and Risk Information
The Kiva VCF Treatment System is indicated for use in the reduction and treatment of spinal fractures in the thoracic and/or lumbar spine from T6-L5. It is intended to be used in combination with the Benvenue Vertebral Augmentation Cement Kit.
As with other vertebral augmentation devices and procedures, there are risks and considerations for use of the Kiva VCF Treatment System. The risks include serious complications up to and including death. Patients should discuss the risks of treatment in detail with their physician.