Unipedicular Baloon Kyphoplasty

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Asian Spine J. 2011;5(4):277-277
Publication date (electronic) : 2011 November 28
doi : https://doi.org/10.4184/asj.2011.5.4.277
Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok, Thailand.
Corresponding author: Viroj Wiwanitkit, MD. Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok 10160, Thailand. Tel: +66-24132436, Fax: +66-24132436, wviroj@yahoo.com
Received 2011 September 07; Accepted 2011 September 22.

Dear Sir,

The recent publication on unipedicular baloon kyphoplasty is very interesting [1]. It demonstrates that high seroprevalence could be seen [1]. La Maida et al. [1] found that "Both vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are effective in treating vertebral compression fracture due to multiple myeloma." This is concordant with the biomechanical properties of the two techniques [2]. Hence, the selection of usage might be based on other factors. The interesting issue is the comparative cost between both techniques. Studying the cost effectiveness of each technique is worthwhile, and could be helpful for the selection of technique for kyphoplasty.


1. La Maida GA, Sala F, Callea G, Capitani D, Singh S. Efficacy of unipedicular baloon kyphoplasty for treatment of multiple myeloma vertebral lesions. Asian Spine J 2011;5:162–168. 21892388.
2. Steinmann J, Tingey CT, Cruz G, Dai Q. Biomechanical comparison of unipedicular versus bipedicular kyphoplasty. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2005;30:201–205. 15644756.

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