Radiofrequency-Targeted Vertebral Augmentation™ (RF-TVA™).

Get rapid and lasting back pain relief with the most advanced targeted therapy available for spine fractures.1-6

RF-TVA, formerly referred to as a RF kyphoplasty procedure, is typically an outpatient procedure that usually requires only local anesthesia and a small incision to access the vertebra. The entire procedure takes just 30 to 40 minutes to complete.1-6

rf_tva_step_1-(2).jpgStep 1

A specially designed component of the StabiliT System is used to enter the fractured vertebra.


Step 2

A small space is created within the vertebra. A bone stabilizing material commonly known as bone cement is then injected into the space.


Step 3

Unlike during a vertebroplasty procedure or balloon kyphoplasty procedure, the bone cement is delivered slowly, allowing it to penetrate into the vertebra to fill the small space, avoiding complications. The bone cement hardens within minutes, thereby stabilizing the fracture.

A small band-aid is placed over the incision following your treatment. You’ll then spend several hours in the recovery room, after which time you will be able to return home. As you begin your recovery, you can expect to feel rapid and lasting back pain relief. Soon you’ll be able to return to your normal daily activities and experience a renewed and improved quality of life.

Risks associated with RF-TVA.
As with most surgical procedures, serious adverse events can occur, some of which can be fatal. RF-TVA, formerly referred to as a RF Kyphoplasty procedure, is designed to minimize these risks as much as possible, and avoid vertebroplasty or balloon kyphoplasty complications. However, potential serious adverse events that can occur include:

  • Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
  • Pulmonary embolism (cement leakage that migrates to the lungs)
  • Cerebrovascular accident (stroke)
  • Cardiac arrest (heart stops beating)
  • Paralysis or muscle weakness
  • Death
A prescription is required. Consult your physician to learn if this procedure is right for you and to discuss these and other risks.


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  2. Elgeti F and Gebauer B. Radiofrequency Kyphoplasty for the Treatment of Osteoporotic and Neoplastic Vertebral Body Fractures: Preliminary Experience and Clinical Results after 6 Months. J Mimer Stoffwechs. 2011;18 Suppl 1:S5-9.
  3. Licht AW and Kramer W. Radiofrequency kyphoplasty: a new method for the treatment of osteoporotic vertebral body compression fractures ¬– a case report. J Miner Stoffwechs. 2011;18 Suppl 1:S26-28.
  4. Licht, AW and Kramer W. One-year observation study upon a new augmentation procedure (Radiofrequency-Kyphoplasty) in the treatment of vertebral body compression fractures. Eurospine 2011.
  5. Erdem E, Akdol S, Amole A, Fryar K, and Eberle R. Initial Clinical Experience with Radio-Frequency Based Vertebral Augmentation in Treatment of Vertebral Compression Fractures As a Result of Multiple Myeloma. ASSR 2011.
  6. Pflugmacher, R, Bornemann, R, Randau, T, and Wirtz, DC. Comparison of clinical and radiological data in treatment of patients with osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures with radiofrequency kyphoplasty or balloon kyphoplasty. GRIBOI 2011 – The 21st Interdisciplinary Research Conference On Injectable Osteoarticular Biomaterials and Bone Augmentation Procedures.
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