from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A medical procedure that restores the original height and angle of kyphosis of a fractured vertebra and then stabilizes it with the injection of bone filler material.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Medtronic has stepped up the pace of acquisitions in recent years, incorporating promising technologies such as heart valves but also some underperforming products such as a treatment for fractures of the vertebrae known as kyphoplasty.

    Reuters: Press Release

  • The number of referrals Dr. Angelo Malamis has received for an osteoporosis treatment called kyphoplasty has dropped sharply since publcation of two controversial studies.

    Newswise: Latest News

  • While there, he discovered patients who went to hospitals for what was considered outpatient, minimally invasive back surgery called kyphoplasty were being kept overnight, then classified as in-patient cases, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Local News

  • But in the last year, serious doubts have been raised about Kyphon's main business, a surgery called kyphoplasty.

    Making Back Surgery Obsolete

  • A Medtronic-sponsored study based on Medicare claims data recently found that patients who had kyphoplasty lived longer than those who had either vertebroplasty or nonoperative care; one possible explanation is that kyphoplasty restores lung function by making the back straighter.

    Making Back Surgery Obsolete

  • The results implied that vertebroplasty may be nothing more than an expensive placebo -- and cast doubt over whether kyphoplasty is any better.

    Making Back Surgery Obsolete

  • TRICARE beneficiaries who have been diagnosed with fractured vertebrae qualify for percutaneous vertebroplsy and kyphoplasty.

    National Military Family Assn. - Government and You E-News - SpouseBUZZ

  • The 2005 whistleblower suit alleged Kyphon Inc., which has operated as Medtronic Spine LLC since it was acquired it in November, improperly advised customers to bill its kyphoplasty procedure -- a minimally invasive surgery used to treat spine fractures -- as an inpatient procedure.

    Newly Acquired Medtronic Unit

  • In 2008, Medtronic Spine LLC, based in Minneapolis, acquired Kyphon, the company that pioneered kyphoplasty in 2007. Top Stories

  • All the hospitals involved were accused of performing kyphoplasty, a minimally invasive procedure to treat osteoporotic and other spinal fractures, on an in-patient rather than outpatient basis. Top Stories


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.