Kyphoplasty for Vertebral Compression Fractures

The Center for Advanced Skills Training offers a two week long program for practicing spinal surgeons to train in treatment of vertebral compression fractures using the Kyphoplasty technique. The course is offered through the Cleveland Clinic Spine Institute under the direction of Dr. Isador Lieberman and Dr Richard Schlenk.

Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive treatment for osteoporotic or osteolytic vertebral fractures. By achieving fracture stabilization and correction of spinal deformity, patients experience significant reduction in pain, improvement in mobility, and reduced risk of subsequent fractures, thus increasing their overall quality of life.

This advanced training program is offered over a two week period. The curriculum will include a cadaver training session, patient evaluation during in-patient consults and out-patient clinics, and hands-on surgical training under the direct supervision of the preceptors.

The objectives of the program include:

  • gaining an understanding of the indications for kyphoplasty
  • learning the techniques required to evaluate patients with osteoporotic compression fractures
  • gaining expertise in the technical skills associated with Kyphoplasty
To be accepted into the program, participants should be board certified surgeons (orthopedics or neurosurgery) whose practices have a focus on spinal surgery. They must either be licensed in the state of Ohio or eligible to apply for a Special Activities Permit from the Ohio State Medical Board. The program has a registration fee of $5,000.

Please review the Participation Agreement (pdf) for other related details.

Application and Instructions (pdf)