Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up
Includes Expert Content
Kyphoplasty Questions for Spine Specialists
avatar
KristinHN posted:
Hello,
I am doing a report about Kyphoplasty and am searching for experts who can answer a few questions or just give me some general comments on the subject.

I have learned quite a bit about the indications and procedure but now need to learn about the balloon systems themselves.

Here are my questions. I would really appreciate any information you can provide. I would be happy to do this by email or phone as well.

Thanks!!
Kristin

Who needs kyphoplasty/how big is the need?
How many surgeries do you or your clinic perform in a given month or year?
Which type (brand) of kyphoplasty balloon do you use?
What qualities do you look for in a kyphoplasty balloon?
What problems you experienced?
How did you choose the type of balloon you use?
How are they supplied to you? Local rep? Large distributor? Direct sales or online ordering?
How are the balloons packaged and what are the key components?
What is the cost per balloon system?
What roughly is the CMS reimbursement rate?
What other practical issues surround kyphoplasty?

Thanks again!!
Kristin
Reply
 
avatar
Ari Ben-Yishay, MD responded:
Kristin,
Dr Levin is our kyphoplasty expert but I wopuld suggest you narrow down your questions. It would take "forever to answer all this. Most of these questions are addressed at other websites as well including Spine-health.com.
Dr Ben Yishay
 
avatar
KristinHN replied to Ari Ben-Yishay, MD's response:
Thanks Dr. Yishay,

Thanks for your reply.

I guess what I am trying to learn now is which brand of kyphoplasty balloon Dr. Levin uses and why. What makes it good? And how much is cost a factor?

Thanks again!
Kristin
 
avatar
bj1208 replied to KristinHN's response:
Kristin - you may want to start a new discussion and put your heading directly to Dr. Levin - this way he will see it and respond - take care - good luck - Joy


Helpful Tips

I have resolved my tailbone / coccyx pain (coccydynia)
About two years ago I started experiencing pain in my tailbone while sitting. If I sat for more than a couple minutes, the pain would start ... More
Was this Helpful?
1 of 3 found this helpful

Helpful Resources

Be the first to post a Resource!

Related Drug Reviews

  • Drug Name User Reviews

Report Problems to the
Food and Drug Administration

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For more information, visit the Duke Health Spine Center