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Vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty and sacroplasty

Vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty and sacroplasty, (VKS) was first reviewed by the HTA program in 2011. 

  • In 2016, an update literature review of  VKS research was conducted to determine if newly available evidence published since 2011 was likely to change the original coverage determination. The technology was not selected for re-review.
  • In 2017, a supplement to the 2016 literature review was published. The technology was not selected for re-review.

Status: Decision completed.

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Policy context

Vertebroplasty involves injection of bone cement into a partially collapsed vertebral body, while kyphoplasty involves expansion of the partially collapsed vertebral body with an inflatable bone tamp, in an effort to relieve pain and provide stability. Sacroplasty involves surgical treatment that attempts to repair sacral insufficiency fractures using bone cement.

These surgical procedures are less invasive than other spinal surgical procedures, but more invasive than conservative medical therapy. Significant questions remain about the safety, efficacy and effectiveness (particularly long term and appropriate selection and therapy phase), and the cost effectiveness of vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty and sacroplasty.

Primary criteria ranking

  • Safety = Medium
  • Efficacy = Medium
  • Cost = Medium

Assessment timeline (2010)

Draft report published: October 7, 2010

Public comment period: October 7 to October 22, 2010

Final report published: November 5, 2010

HTCC public meeting: December 10, 2010