Mortality Outcomes of Vertebral Augmentation (Vertebroplasty and/or Balloon Kyphoplasty) for Osteoporotic Vertebral Compression Fractures: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Radiology. 2020 Apr;295(1):96-103. doi: 10.1148/radiol.2020191294. Epub 2020 Feb 18.


Background Osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures (OVCFs) are prevalent, with associated morbidity and mortality. Vertebral augmentation (VA), defined as either vertebroplasty and/or balloon kyphoplasty (BKP), is a minimally invasive surgical treatment to reduce pain and further collapse and/or renew vertebral body height by introducing bone cement into fractured vertebrae. Nonsurgical management (NSM) for OVCF carries inherent risks. Purpose To summarize the literature and perform a meta-analysis on the mortality outcomes of patients with OVCF treated with VA compared with those in patients treated with NSM. Materials and Methods A single researcher performed a systematic literature review using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses, or PRISMA, guidelines. Online scientific databases were searched in April 2018 for English-language publications. Included studies investigated mortality in patients with OVCF with VA as the primary intervention and NSM as the comparator. A meta-analysis was performed for studies that reported hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs). HR was used as a summary statistic and was random-effect-models tested. The χ2 test was used to study heterogeneity between trials, and the I2 statistic was calculated to estimate variation across studies. Results Of the 16 included studies, eight reported mortality benefits in VA, seven reported no mortality difference, and one reported mixed results. Seven studies were included in a meta-analysis examining findings in more than 2 million patients with OVCF (VA = 382 070, NSM = 1 707 874). The pooled HR comparing VA to NSM was 0.78 (95% CI: 0.66, 0.92; P = .003), with mortality benefits across 2- and 5-year periods (HR = 0.70, 95% CI: 0.69, 0.71, P < .001; and HR = 0.79, 95% CI: 0.62, 0.9999, P = .05; respectively). Balloon kyphoplasty provided mortality benefits over vertebroplasty, with HRs of 0.77 (95% CI: 0.77, 0.78; P < .001) and 0.87 (95% CI: 0.87, 0.88; P < .001), respectively. Conclusion In a meta-analysis of more than 2 million patients, those with osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures who underwent vertebral augmentation were 22% less likely to die at up to 10 years after treatment than those who received nonsurgical treatment. © RSNA, 2020 See also the editorial by Jennings in this issue.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Fractures, Compression / mortality*
  • Fractures, Compression / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Osteoporotic Fractures / mortality*
  • Osteoporotic Fractures / surgery*
  • Spinal Fractures / mortality*
  • Spinal Fractures / surgery*
  • Vertebroplasty*