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M A Y 2 0 2 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 5 3 Medtronic Kyphon Assist Directional Cannula Kyphoplasty as a treatment for pain secondary to vertebral body com- pression fracture has been widely used for only about two decades, so continued refinement of the technique and tools remains a key inter- est for surgeons who perform the procedure. Medtronic's Kyphon Assist Directional Cannula, the latest version of the company's Kyphon system, boasts better control of cavity creation, increased vol- ume capacity and increased safety while retaining the familiar One- Step access system. Because the normal anatomic trajectory of the pedicle is not parallel to the vertebral end plates, the addition of direc- tional control should improve clinical results and minimize complica- tions by matching vertebral morphology to the placement of the bal- loon. As long as the Kyphon Assist's cannula mechanism is reliable both in deployment and retraction, this new capability should be of great value.

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