Free information about vertebral compression fractures from Medtronic, including a description of balloon kyphoplasty and the Medtronic VCF product line.
The app provides general information and images about vertebral compression fractures while simultaneously promoting Medtronic’s line of VCF products. The app runs well, and is divided into various sections, such as VCF, Product Info, Literature, Requests, and Dr. Look-up. The general VCF information is basic level information appropriate for patients and includes drawings and videos, as well as “risks of VCF.” In addition, there is an expended information module about balloon kyphoplasty. The product information section includes the ability to request waiting room brochures and study abtracts. The literature section is actually quite useful, and has 5 selected studies (obviously supporting balloon kyphoplasty) with summaries of the findings and results. Overall, the app provides some information for patients and may help surgeons reference a small subset of the available literature and request patient information material.