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I had surgery 4 weeks ago and today found out that the "cement" leaked out. Has anyone had this happen? Did it required extensive surgery? I thought PMMA hardened quickly, it was two weeks after surgery that I woke up in severe pain. Thanks


  • Yes. I have done vertebroplasties and, anecdotally, I had significantly more leakage, particularly into the canal, than I have ever noted with kyphoplasty. Therefore, I stopped performing them. More scientifically, there have been three meta-analyses comparing balloon kyphoplasty (BK) to vertebroplasty (VP). They have all shown less leakage, more radiographic height gain, and less subsequent fractures with kyphoplasty.
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