Vertebral augmentation with nitinol endoprosthesis: Clinical experience in 40 patients with 1-year follow-up

Giovanni Carlo Anselmetti, Antonio Manca, Stefano Marcia, Gabriele Chiara, Stefano Marini, Gamal Baroud, Daniele Regge, Filippo Montemurro

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Purpose: This study was designed to assess the clinical outcomes of patients treated by vertebral augmentation with nitinol endoprosthesis (VNE) to treat painful vertebral compression fractures. Methods: Forty patients with one or more painful osteoporotic VCF, confirmed by MRI and accompanied by back-pain unresponsive to a minimum 2 months of conservative medical treatment, underwent VNE at 42 levels. Preoperative and postoperative pain measured with Visual Analog Scale (VAS), disability measured by Oswestry Disability Index (ODI), and vertebral height restoration (measured with 2-dimensional reconstruction CT) were compared at last follow-up (average follow-up 15 months). Cement extravasation, subsequent fractures, and implant migration were recorded. Results: Long-term follow-up was obtained in 38 of 40 patients. Both VAS and ODI significantly improved from a median of 8.0 (range 5-10) and 66 % (range 44-88 %) to 0.5 (range 0-8) and 6 % (range 6-66 %), respectively, at 1 year (p <0.0001). Vertebral height measurements comparing time points increased in a statistically significant manner (ANOVA, p <0.001). Overall cement extravasation rate was 9.5 %. Discal and venous leakage rates were 7.1 and 0 % respectively. No symptomatic extravasations occurred. Five of 38 (13.1 %) patients experienced new spontaneous, osteoporotic fractures. No device change or migration was observed. Conclusions: VNE is a safe and effective procedure that is able to provide long-lasting pain relief and durable vertebral height gain with a low rate of new fractures and cement leakages.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-202
Number of pages10
JournalCardioVascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Kyphoplasty
  • Nitinol
  • Osteoporosis
  • Vertebral augmentation
  • Vertebral endoprosthesis
  • Vertebroplasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Medicine(all)

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