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A total of 47 percutaneous vertebroplasties (PVs) were performed for osteoporotic vertebral fractures in 31 patients, 25 PVs were performed using the frontal-opening cannula (FOC) and 22 using the new side-opening cannula (SOC), randomly distributed. The incidence of cement extrusion was 27% with the SOC, and 68% with the FOC, all asymptomatic (p<0.01). The pain control was similar for both groups, with good improvement of pain in most of the patients, and there were no clinical relevantdoi:10.1590/s0004-282x2009000300001 pmid:19623429 fatcat:guui7feyc5d6baw5bjffgqhlom