Dr. Finkenberg recalls how long surgeons have been performing the kyphoplasty procedure.
Putting cement in bone has been around for many, many years. It’s been known as a stabilizer to the bone, and orthopedics has used it for years. In Europe, back in the late 1980s and early 1990s they began to try to use the cement in vertebrae hoping that this would give some stability to the bone.
They found out that people did have significant pain relief, and from that spawned the various other techniques to try to create voids, increase heights to the compression fracture, which is something that the kyphoplasty is possibly able to do, and from there we have determined that this procedure is a worthwhile one.
About Dr. Finkenberg, M.D.
Dr. John Finkenberg has been in practice at Alvarado Hospital for 16 years. He completed his undergraduate and medical degree at UCLA. Following his orthopedic residency at Harbor/UCLA, he received fellowship training in Advanced Spinal Reconstruction Surgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Maryland.
Dr. Finkenberg’s great interest in the advancement of spinal surgery developed from 15 years as a spine consultant assisting with the creation of new technology and procedures. He is a primary investigator for multi-center national research studies and lectures around the world on current research projects.