Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty laid the foundation for an incredible market in treating vertebral compression fractures (VCFx) in spine. The key to Kyphon's revenue was the cost of the balloon to expand or reduce a collapsed fracture so that PMMA could be injected into the space restoring the integrity of the affected vertebra. The average cost for "da balloon" has been reported at $4,000-$5,000 per case. Even though there had been some challenges regarding adjacent vertebral fractures associated with using PMMA, CORTOSS is on the verge of setting a new standard.
So where are the advantages? Cortoss' non-toxic chemical make-up reduces the exothermic quality of this material in comparison to PMMA. In addition, with an excellent modulus of elasticity, it should minimize adjacent vertebral compression fractures. When PMMA is injected into a VCFx the axial loading affect on the adjacent bodies is like bouncing off of concrete, and we all remember those articles in the NY Times regarding the efficacy of Kypo/Vertebroplasty a few years ago. This material will provide the surgeon with a product that has versatility, exceptional viscosity and handling characteristics.
So if you're ready to get "amped" because a "tube" is in site and you want a "bitchin" investment that can turn "epic" now is the time to catch the wave.