Every year in in the United States, more than 700,000 people seek treatment for broken bones in their spines. Older women are especially at risk as their bones get thinner. Studies show that 25% of postmenopausal women and 40% of women over age 80 suffer the excruciating fractures. Most such breaks are in the lower back. They're not only painful, but also disabling. They can leave a sufferer deformed with the characteristic widow's hump. Not surprisingly, they often bring psychological side effects. Cancer and traumatic injury are two other causes of these fractures. Kyphon has a Band-Aid solution. Its surgical procedure to repair such back injuries is so noninvasive that doctors can close the tiny incisions with Band-Aids.
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