January 30, 2015
Compared with non-navigational kyphoplasty procedures, intraoperative 3-D image-based navigation kyphoplasty outcomes were not significantly improved, according to data from a recently published study.
Researchers retrospectively reviewed navigated and non-navigated needle placement in 30 balloon kyphoplasty procedures performed by three fellowship-trained spinal surgeons between February 2007 and April 2009. Intraoperative 3-D image-based navigation was used for needle placement in 21 cases (36 levels), whereas traditional 2-D fluoroscopy was used in nine cases (11 levels). Needle malposition, cement leakage and radiation exposure were compared between the two groups.