Innovative Spinal Solutions
AGF Enterprise is a privately-held US medical device distribution company offering a wide range of products for addressing spine deformities & complex spine problems, minimally invasive spine surgery, cervical & thoracolumbar degenerative conditions, non-fusion applications and orthobiologics & bone substitutes. Surgeon input remains central to the way the company approaches working on new innovations and improving existing products. We hear and see, first hand, the concerns and obstacles surgeons encounter which allows us to create intelligent implant & instrument solutions. This surgeon-centric approach results in more practical devices that provide intraoperative efficiency for surgeons, cost-effectiveness for hospitals & healthcare systems, and superior outcomes for patients.
We distribute spine surgery implants & instruments systems and surgical tools that provide a wide range of surgical solutions that benefit, improve and enhance the quality of life for patients with back pain, neck pain, degenerative disc conditions, spine deformities and injuries due to trauma.
In-Office Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery - Kyphoplasty & Vertebroplasty
Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of vertebral compression fractures. These wedge-shaped fractures are painful and can be caused by osteoporosis and/or truama or injury. A humped spine, or kyphosis, can result from a lack of treatment. By injecting cement into the fractured bone to restore height, patients can minimize the potential for further fractures in the future. In addition, recovery times for this type of spinal procedure are relatively quick.
Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty – are special spinal treatment techniques that have been designed with one goal: the restoration of stabilization to the spine following a fracture-based injury.
By restoring stabilization to the fractured area with a special spinal cement, both kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty serve to provide relief to symptomatic pains patients may be experiencing while also supporting the recovery process of the fracture through solidifying the spine.
What do Kyphoplasty or Vertebroplasty treat?
Each of these techniques uses a different approach to providing stabilization to a fracture, with the procedures focusing primarily on patients who are currently recovering from one or more spinal fractures that are producing symptomatic pains.
The injury most treated through kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty is a vertebral fracture produced through significant osteoporosis. A compression fracture can occur when one or more of a patient's vertebrae are compressed with force that exceeds what the bone can withstand, causing the bone to fracture. This may be so severe as to occur with a sneeze.
How are Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty performed?
Both kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty are performed to achieve the same purpose: to create stabilization of the spine to reduce the symptomatic pains caused by fracture, and to supplement the recovery process. While sharing the same goal, the two procedures differ from one another in their application and methodology.
To begin a kyphoplasty, a small incision will be made into the skin located over the fracture to allow for a catheter to be guided in.
Fluoroscopic imaging will be used to ensure that the catheter is placed correctly. After the catheter is seated, a balloon filled with a saline solution will be carefully expanded into the fracture.
Expansion of a balloon here is used to clear remaining pieces of spinal debris and bone to create an empty cavity in preparation for the injection of the special spinal cement. The saline filled balloon is then deflated and removed.
A vertebroplasty begins much the same as a kyphoplasty, with the same incision made over the area of the fracture to allow for the insertion of a catheter. Fluoroscopic imaging will be used here as well to ensure proper placement.
After the catheter is inserted into the fracture, spinal cement will be directly injected into the fracture. In both procedures, cement is used to solidify the area to provide substantial spinal support to reduce pain and accelerate the healing process.
The main difference between a kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty lies within the injection procedure, with each technique offering a very successful method of symptomatic relief. Approximately 90% of those who receive a kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty are able to obtain relief for pain.