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Tom Callaghan’s Balloon Kyphoplasty Story

Attorney. Age: 58
Diagnosis: Cancer-Related Spinal Fractures

Tom Callaghan’s Balloon Kyphoplasty Story

Most golfers would say that hitting a hole-in-one is cause for celebration. For Tom Callaghan, the enjoyment he felt after making a hole-in-one on the fourth tee was short-lived. One hour later, he collapsed on the ninth tee in excruciating pain. The diagnosis Tom would later receive was dire—his pain was due to a spinal fracture caused by multiple myeloma. “The pain was constant,” he states. “I couldn’t stand for more than a couple of minutes without severe pain.” His mobility improved after balloon kyphoplasty. “It was truly remarkable,” he says. “I was able to play golf the following summer. I could stand up straight and walk pain free.”

Important Safety Information

The complication rate with KYPHON® Balloon Kyphoplasty has been demonstrated to be low.  There are risks associated with the procedure (for example, cement leakage), including serious complications, and though rare, some of which may be fatal.  This procedure is not for everyone.  A prescription is required. Please consult your physician for a complete list of indications, contraindications, benefits, and risks. Only you and your physician can determine whether this procedure is right for you.

References

  • Black DM, Arden NK, Palermo L, Pearson J and Cummings SR., (1999) Prevalent vertebral deformities predict hip fractures and new vertebral deformities but not wrist fractures. Study of Osteoporotic Fractures Research Group. J Bone Miner Res 14: 821-828.