May is National Osteoporosis Month, an important time we recognize at Merit Medical. Although honored in the US, osteoporosis is a global issue. Osteoporosis causes bones to weaken, and recent statistics show that worldwide, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 years will experience osteoporotic fractures in their lifetime.
Vertebral compression fractures, or VCFs, are the most common osteoporotic fracture—almost twice as common as other fractures caused by osteoporosis. Osteoporotic fractures can lead to long-term pain and even be life threatening.
1 in 3 Women & 1 in 5 Men Over 50 Years Old
To help care for this patient population, we provide a wide range of innovative tools for vertebral augmentation (kyphoplasty) and vertebroplasty treatments.
Listen in as Mrs. Steiner, a patient who suffered from a painful VCF, explains in her own words how treatment with Merit’s steerable Arcadia™ Balloon-Assisted Vertebral Augmentation System helped her resume an active lifestyle.
Browse helpful osteoporosis month resources:
- American Bone Health
- Bone Talk Podcast
- International Osteoporosis Foundation
- National Osteoporosis Foundation
- NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center
Before using any of the Merit products mentioned above, refer to Instructions for Use for indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and directions for use.