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JRPMS Vol 2, No 3, September 2018, p.85-88

doi: 10.22540/JRPMS-02-085


Review Article

Radiofrequency kyphoplasty for the treatment of osteoporotic vertebral fractures: A review of the literature

Stylianos S. Pernientakis1, Panagiotis T. Masouros2, Christos P. Margiannis1, Aristomenis Vasilopoulos1

  1. Orthopaedic Department, Korgialeneio Mpenakeio Hellenic Red Cross Hospital of Athens, Greece
  2. Orthopaedic Department, Evangelismos general hospital of Athens, Greece

Keywords: RF Kyphoplasty, Radiofrequency kyphoplasty, Osteoportic vertebral fractures, Balloon kyphoplasty


Vertebral fractures are a leading cause of disability among the elderly people. While conservative treatment remains the mainstay of treatment, other techniques such as kyphoplasty are reserved for cases of lasting pain. However, cement extravasation has traditionally been a relatively common complication of all vertebra augmentation procedures. Radiofrequency kyphoplasty (RF-VTA) is a relatively new method, which relies on the targeted creation of minimally destructive paths, thus preserving the microarchitecture of the trabeculae. In addition, it yields comparable or superior outcomes than compatible techniques. The aim of this project is to review all the studies concerning this novel technique and provide the reader with its results and potential adverse effects.