Spinal Surgery reduces risk of death by 44%

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Michael Kotrba, Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon at Croydon University Hospital, said: “We’ve known for a long time about the benefits of minimally invasive surgical intervention in the reduction of pain, but this is the first time we seem to have robust data showing that it can highly contribute to saving lives. Treating vertebral fractures by balloon kyphoplasty is cost effective and prevents people from lingering in pain. We now have even more compelling reasons to make sure that this procedure becomes the standard of care for spinal fractures and ensure more patients have access to it.”

The procedure, which inserts balloons into the fracture before the cavity is filled with bone cement, had particularly high survival rates. 

As many as 230,000 people in Britain suffer the spinal injury known as a vertical column fracture each year.  It leaves them needing on average 25.8 days in bed as well as suffering long-term pain, decreased lung capacity and physical deformity.  Many are currently only treated with painkillers and bed rest.  This study suggests that surgery is a far better option.

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Claire Howard

Partner - Personal Injury team

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