By: 18 January 2015
Medtronic’s next generation Kyphon system

Medtronic Inc. has announced the launch of a new generation of cement delivery systems for the treatment of vertebral compression fractures

The Kyphon Express II Balloon Kyphoplasty Platform features a maximum pressure rating of 700 psi, thus providing the treating physician with a more powerful option for reducing fractures. The new system also gives physicians the option of using the cement resistant technique, which allows one balloon to remain inflated during contralateral cement fill, helping to maintain the goal of fracture reduction. In addition, the system includes a more versatile tools portfolio, allowing for the treatment of a variety of different levels of the spine.

According to Medtronic’s company statement, the system “continues to allow the physician to deliver highly viscous bone cement to the patient from up to 4 feet away from the radiation source while maintaining tactile feel. It also still includes a quick release button that provides the ability to halt the flow of bone cement on demand, giving the physician precise control over the amount of cement flow.”

Source: Orthopedics This Week