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Neal Coleman, MD - One of First in U.S. to Treat Painful Spinal Fractures With New Kiva® VCF Treatment System

Dr. Neal Coleman of American Health Network’s spinal therapeutics & diagnostics group today announced that he is one of the first physicians in the United States to treat vertebral compressions fractures (VCFs) with the Kiva VCF Treatment System.  Dr. Coleman began using the system in June of 2014 with great success and has “been thrilled with the system’s ability to improve fracture reduction and relieve pain for my patients.”
Vertebral compressions fractures occur when a vertebra (bone in the spine) cracks, fractures or collapses. VCFs are most often caused by osteoporosis, and there are 750,000 osteoporosis-related vertebral compression fractures annually in the U.S. alone, representing a large patient population that is only expected to continue growing as the population ages. Other causes of VCFs include trauma and bone tumors.
“Because vertebral compression fractures are underdiagnosed and undertreated, it is important that people with sudden, intense, debilitating pack pain speak with their physician about the possibility of a VCF and available treatments,” said Dr. Coleman. “The Kiva System is a new, clinically-proven, minimally invasive treatment alternative that significantly reduces pain and restores function, and that also offers significant benefits for my patients.”  “I have seen the fractured vertebral bodies restored in height much more than with the older technologies.”
Over the last 10 years, the approaches to treating VCFs have included conservative therapies or minimally invasive procedures such as vertebral augmentation, traditionally performed with balloon kyphoplasty.  The minimally invasive Kiva VCF Treatment System, which was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in January, 2014, is the first new, clinically proven approach to treating VCFs in more than a decade.  It uses an implant that is delivered through a single, small-diameter incision. The cylindrical implant is designed to provide a predictable structural support to the vertebral body and a reservoir to direct and contain the bone cement that is used to repair VCFs. This new approach allows the treating doctor to deliver a much more consistent result. In balloon kyphoplasty the bone cement is inserted directly into a vertebral cavity without an implant to hold it, making the control of the bone cement less predictable.
A press release issued by the Society for Interventional Radiology on the KAST study results is available in the SIR 2014 Online Newsroom.  KAST was an FDA-approved trial that demonstrated that the Kiva System met the performance of the Medtronic balloon kyphoplasty (BKP) system, the most commonly used treatment for vertebral compression fractures (VCFs).
About American Health Network
American Health Network is Indiana's largest physician-owned group practice with over 70 offices and more than 200 primary care physicians and specialists in Indiana and Ohio. The organization is driven with the visionary purpose of providing high-quality, cost-effective care, supported by a robust electronic infrastructure in our quest to provide exceptional care to our patients. For more information, visit Dr. Neal Coleman has been developing and advancing minimally invasive treatments of spinal pain for the people of Central Indiana for over 20 years. He practices in the Muncie and Indianapolis areas and is using the Kiva System at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital and St. Vincent Fishers.

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