Upstate News

August 28, 2000
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

University Hospital offers new surgery for vertebral fractures

University Hospital is one of the first sites across the country currently performing a new surgical procedure designed to dramatically reduce the pain and serious medical repercussions of the most common type of bone fractures-vertebral compression fractures, or VCFs.

The surgery, called Kyphoplasty, is a minimally invasive procedure that takes less than an hour to perform and immediately reduces pain and restores height to vertebrae that have collapsed due to VCFs. The surgery is being performed as part of a clinical trial comparing quality-of-life outcomes with patients who receive more traditional treatments for VCFs.

“Our Central New York patients have had excellent relief of pain and much improved quality of life,” reports orthopedic surgeon Hansen A. Yuan, who is performing the surgery at University Hospital along with neurosurgeon Kenneth Yonemura, both on the faculty at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

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