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27th January 2007, 09:56 PM
Hell All...I am new to all this and am looking for some advise. I have had a curve since my teens, nothing too bad and it did not cause any discomfort until about 7 months ago. I am 48 and have been diagnosed with a 60 degree kyphosis. I have daily annoying pain, mostly in my trap muscles and upper back. It is probably a 3 out of 10, but all day long. I also have an L5 spondylethosis grade 1, which I am starting to feel some lower back pain lately as well. I have tried exercise, I go to the gym everyday, and I am an extreme kiteboarder, if you know what that is. very extreme water sport. I would gladly do any surgey to fix my discomfort, but am obviously concerened about the outcome. Would I have to stop most things in my life? I have 6 year old twins, pilot for a living, surf, ski, kite, etc. Living with this discomfort for ever would not be good. I have seen a few uniterested doctors in Y.
Does anyone know who the best leading surgeon is on this subject, so I may get a good opinion of my options?
Any commnets would be welcome.
27th January 2007, 10:11 PM
Hi there Malte, welcome! :welcome2:
I have scoliosis rather than kyphosis, so I'll leave it to the kyphosis experts here to give you advice, but I just wanted to welcome you :-)
Whereabouts in the world are you? Let us know, and we'll help you locate a good specialist.
ETA: SORRY, didn't notice that you are from New York! There are some great surgeons there.....look up Dr Boachie, he's one of the best in the world :-)
27th January 2007, 10:12 PM
Hi Malte Wlcome to SSO
Heres a few links to suurgeons in NY
I hope you enjoy the site and find it useful.
Sorry to read your in pain. I know what its like its no fun is it
27th January 2007, 11:42 PM
Thanks for the info on NY doctor. I have heard of him and will give it a try.
27th January 2007, 11:57 PM
When titch reads this post she will be able to give you the name of a very good surgeon in NY
I can't remember his name
Nice picture by the way i guess thats you flying :niceone:
28th January 2007, 08:01 PM
Hi there :welcome2:
Constant milder pain can often be worse than intermittent severe pain so I really feel for you! :squeeze: I have looooads of trouble with my trap muscles, this weekend being pretty much the worst bout I've had...I even started a thread on it.
You've definitely come to the right place for advice and support!
Hope you like it here! :jump:
28th January 2007, 08:17 PM
Hi Malte and :welcome:
I wouldn't worry too much about surgery stopping you doing things, it should only really be a problem until the spine is fused, which takes about a year. Feeling like doing much afterwards might take a while though, as having the surgery as an adult means the healing process is likely to be slower. I had mine last year at 49, so I'm still in the recovery phase, but I was nowhere near as active as you before the surgery - or ever, for that matter :-D
Good luck with finding a surgeon.
29th January 2007, 10:23 AM
Dr Boachie, as mentioned by tonibunny, is the doc I'd have named - he works out of the Hospital for Special Surgery. I really think you cannot do better than to get an opinion from him if that's possible!
9th March 2007, 03:49 AM
Well I finally got in to see Dr. Boachie today. He noted my kyhphosis was 80 not 60 degrees as others had told me. I also have osteopinia, which we are further investigating the cause of, showing a 20% bone density loss. Not sure how that fits in, if at all. He did a hyperextension xray and found I can flex back to 40 degrees, which he felt was good, meaning specifically he would only need to do posterior surgery, not anterior also. He thought that the surgery would help alleviate my trap & neck muscle pain and more importantly prevent further curvature, especially if I have osteopinia. He said it could progress to 90, 100 easily and its best to do the surgery now than 10 years from now. He stated that I should be 80% back to normal in a year. 1 week in hospital, 3 weeks home and then start PT, and 8-12 months before I'm healed.
My concerns are a new pain developing I never had or something bad, like spinal cord injury. I would also like to think I can still do strenous activities a year later. The last 2 doctors said no surgery, Dr Boachie said I am a good candidate for it. I guess if I think long term health, I should do it now before it gets worse. Hey, maybe I will even be pain free after.
Any comments form people that have had this type of surgey and am I crazy to do it?
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