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Gatsman
15th October 2006, 03:17 PM
Hi, my name is Chris and im 17... found out I have kyphosis about a year or two ago, been wearing the brace at night since then... it's gone from 67 degrees to 56ish... but I am starting to consider getting the surgery. I really dont want to live with a hump my entire life, and I'm going to college next year which will make wearing the brace a little weird... if anyone has had the surgery or knows about it please tell me if it is worth it, or would I be better off not having it. Thanks.

titch
15th October 2006, 04:58 PM
Hi Chris,

:welcome2: We've got a few members here now who've had surgery for kyphosis, and also Jonny had surgery mostly for scoliosis, but had a significant kyphosis along with it. I'm sure that some of them will be along soon to give you their thoughts on it.

Although braces aren't exactly pleasant to wear, it's actually quite cool that you have a doctor who was willing to prescribe one for kyphosis - it seems a lot of docs are reluctant, even though they do seem to help in a lot of cases.

Do you have any idea how close you are to finishing growing yet? It could be worth talking it over with your doc, and finding out how long he has in mind for you to continue to wear the brace, as in most cases people are weaned out of their braces when they've finished growing, so it may be that you wouldn't be looking at wearing it at college anyway. In that case, I guess you'd need to think more in terms of whether you wanted the surgery then, or to take some time to see whether anything changed, and perhaps wait while it remains stable.

Just some thoughts, and as said some of the guys here will be able to give you more specific information regarding how they've felt about surgery, or not having it :-)

mark
15th October 2006, 09:51 PM
Hi Chris

:welcome: to SSO

John (zerodegrees), Phil and Andy d have all had surgery for kyphosis

Any questions you ask away

Mark

sally333
16th October 2006, 10:28 AM
Originally posted by Gatsman@Oct 15 2006, 02:17 PM
Hi, my name is Chris and im 17... found out I have kyphosis about a year or two ago, been wearing the brace at night since then... it's gone from 67 degrees to 56ish... but I am starting to consider getting the surgery. I really dont want to live with a hump my entire life, and I'm going to college next year which will make wearing the brace a little weird... if anyone has had the surgery or knows about it please tell me if it is worth it, or would I be better off not having it. Thanks.
Hi, Chris-
I would find out what kind of kyphosis you have. If it is a progressive type then surgery might be ok in your case if it is not then I would not do so it if it were me. A brace would not correct my kyphosis as it was very progressive. It sounds as your brace as helped the degree of your curve so I'm not sure if your's would be progressive or not. I have scheuramann's kyphoss. I had surgery last November. My curve before surgery was 110 after surgery it is still at 53. Kyphosis surgery is much worce as I have been told by the surgeon to correct and more painfull then scholisis as the way they have to ream on your spine it is at a different angle. First I had a thoractomy then they went threw the back. It was very painfull. I am still having pain and trying to recover from it. If yours is progressive it might not be as bad or painfull as mine as I had surgery at the age of 36. Your still young and the surgeon also told me it is much harder on older people then it is on teens. It was a ten hour surgery for me. Ten days in hosiptal and four in the neuro intensive care unit. I also ended back up in the hospital three weeks after with complacations from the surgery. As of now you only talk of your apperence with it. I had to have surgery because I no longer could walk the pain was so bad. Well find out if it is progressive and if so consider surgery when your still young and it wont be so bad. Don't wait untill your my age.

sins
16th October 2006, 12:30 PM
Hi Chris and welcome.
There's no doubt that kyphosis surgery is a challenging procedure.If you can at all avoid it I would, I suggest you speak to your specialist, ask if he would consider you a suitable candidate for surgery.Being so young, I'd expect you to make a faster and easier recovery that some of the adults on sso.You need to be well informed of all the facts before deciding on an operation.
Will it progress over time?
Will there be much more improvement from the bracing therapy?
Can you live with the current cosmetic appearance of your back?
What are the risks of the surgery for you and most importantly, does your specialist regularly do kyphosis surgery?
As Sally has said, many adults are driven to seek the surgery due to intolerable pain levels and feel they have little to lose by giving surgery a shot.
Good luck with your decision making and we'll do our utmost to support you.
Sins

chris_notts
16th October 2006, 05:35 PM
Hi chris,

I whent through kyphosis surgery and did not turn out good at all due to infections but looking back not i wish i never botherd with surgery, if at the moment you have no problems getting about, lifting, standing etc i would not have the surgery becauase looking back i felt i was alot better off then i am now but im speaking from someone whos surgery did not go well at all.

andy_d
16th October 2006, 07:15 PM
Hi

I had my surgery in January this year, and quite simply it's the best thing that's ever happened for me.

Before surgery I used to suffer really bad back aches and shooting pains.

Since my surgery however, I have had no aches or pains at all, it's completely changed my life for the better :-)

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The things you need to consider when deciding about surgery are:

Do you suffer back aches and pain, or is it just the cosmetic point of view that bothers you?

You also need to think about the future, how are things going to be in 10 years time if you don't have surgery.

You really need to discuss things with a consultant who can discuss your specific case with you.

Any other questions or things you'd like to discuss, then feel free to ask.
Or if you have MSN Messenger then you can add me if you like, my address is : andrewdickson@hotmail.co.uk

Gatsman
16th October 2006, 11:41 PM
its both pain and cosmetics-- the pain isnt too bad but carrying anything such as drums (im on the drumline) makes it hurt like hell after like 10 minutes... I'll find out if it's progressive though.

zerodegrees
20th October 2006, 06:21 PM
Hi & welcome!

Glad you've found us. I had surgery a year ago & I'll second andy by saying its one of the best (& most difficult) things I've ever done. I got a fantastic result and I am very happy with the results though it was an incredibly tough journey to go on!

If you need any info we're here for you.

cheers john

Little Ali
20th October 2006, 09:30 PM
Hi there :welcome2:

I have kyphosciliosis so I know where you're coming from. I'm booked in for surgery to help ease the pain. I can't advise you as I haven't had the surgery yet, but all I'd say is make sure that you're clear what you're surgeon is going to do and hopes to achieve so you can get the best results.

Good luck!

:squeeze:

crkcallie
2nd December 2006, 02:02 AM
Hello and welcome to SSO. :)

alyssa
3rd December 2006, 12:02 PM
I had kyphoscoliosis, I strongly recoment the surgery. It turns your life around!