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Posted on Oct 04, 2017

WASHINGTONOct. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — National Spine & Pain Centers (NSPC) ( is pleased to announce one of its physicians, Dr. Dan Kendall, recently treated a vertebral compression fracture (VCF) using the AVAflex Balloon System from Stryker. This technology is less invasive than traditional VCF treatments, with potential for less risk and patient trauma. National Spine & Pain Centers is committed to pioneering solutions to chronic pain, and this first application of the AVAflex Balloon System in the D.C. Metro area is only the latest example.

“In using Stryker’s AVAflex technology during a balloon kyphoplasty procedure,” says Dr. Kendall, “I was able to treat the patient using only one trocar while still achieving the results I look for with using two trocars. Using one trocar provides less patient trauma and further minimizes risk for infection.”

Balloon kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive treatment for vertebral compression fractures. In a standard balloon kyphoplasty, two trocars are inserted into the fractured vertebrae.  Balloon catheters are then inserted through the trocar needles and inflated to create a void.  The hardened bone cement creates an internal cast in the fractured vertebrae stabilizing the fracture and alleviating pain. Stryker’s AVAflex Balloon System represents a crucial step forward for balloon kyphoplasty, offering a less invasive approach.

Dr. Kendall performs balloon kyphoplasty’s in his office in McLean, Virginia.  With the advancement of technology in treating VCF’s, patients no longer have to go to the hospital and can receive the treatment without receiving general anesthesia.  Dr. Kendall now is able to treat his patients with painful compression fractures with a short 20-minute procedure and mild sedation. This allows the patient to be treated as out-patient enabling them to walk out of the office when released.

“I am always looking for the best and most effective way to treat my patients,” adds Dr. Kendall. “Typically, my patients with VCFs are elderly and in severe pain. Stryker’s AVAflex balloon technology allows me to perform a balloon kyphoplasty procedure efficiently while still delivering great results.”

In addition to treatments for VCFs, National Spine & Pain Centers also provides solutions for people experiencing arthritis, migraine headaches, spinal stenosis and diabetic neuropathy, among many other conditions. Innovative treatment modalities include discography, epidural nerve block, platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy, stem cell therapy and spinal cord stimulation.

In view of the opioid crisis, Interventional Pain Management (IPM) groups such as National Spine & Pain Centers are playing a pivotal role in delivering outcome-driven treatment solutions that provide comprehensive, effective care for patients suffering from chronic pain.

Dr. Dan Kendall joined NSPC in 2004 after completing an interventional pain management fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has published numerous articles and lectured nationally on interventional pain topics, and has earned not only the esteem of his peers but also the admiration of his patients.

About National Spine & Pain Centers

National Spine & Pain Centers (NSPC) is the nation’s leading network of pain management practices with over 65 pain physicians on staff at more than 60 locations in ConnecticutMarylandNew JerseyNew YorkNorth CarolinaVirginiaWashington DC and West Virginia. Many NSPC physicians are among the most respected pain practitioners in the world.


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