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28th April 2007, 10:53 AM
Hi, im 22 years old and have had problems with my back sine i was 13years only just diagonised with kyposis at the age of 14 when my doctor keep telling me it was a posture issue. had xrays last year and my curve was at 71' hand xrays on thursday and its now 75' been told i have to have surgery and just got told to think about it, wasnt told any thing. I need some advice and some info on the surgery itself. Im a traniee vet nurse so it makes it worse for me coz i know all the technical jargon doctors give you! so its worried me even more!!! plus i dont want to have to give up my job!! I have been doing it for 2yrs now and have my exams in july!

28th April 2007, 11:27 AM
Hi Karlene, welcome to SSO :welcome2:

I'm sorry to hear that you're so worried at the moment. I had scoliosis surgery rather than surgery for kyphosis so I'll leave the "medical" stuff to the others (they'll be along soon), but I just wanted to say hi and welcome you :-)

Toni xx

28th April 2007, 03:30 PM
Hi Karlene

Welcome to SSO :welcome: what have you been told by the surgeons. It is true that surgery for kyphosis is a little more difficult than that for scoliosis. However having said that if the surgeons have recommended surgery then you have a greater chance of a successful surgery due to the difficulty of the procedure. There are lots of surgery stories in this forum and all have been successful.

If you have any questions then do not hesitate to ask and we will try to answer them. In the meantime i will dig out the links to those stories for you

Sorry for the circumstances that have brought you to this site. We are a really friendly bunch who just want to support one another through the good and bad times. I hope you find it as useful and supportive as i do.

28th April 2007, 03:32 PM
Here are the links

http://www.scoliosis-support.org/modules/i...&showtopic=2489 (http://www.scoliosis-support.org/modules/ipboard/index.php?s=&showtopic=2489)

http://www.scoliosis-support.org/modules/i...&showtopic=2579 (http://www.scoliosis-support.org/modules/ipboard/index.php?s=&showtopic=2579)

http://www.scoliosis-support.org/modules/i...&showtopic=2665 (http://www.scoliosis-support.org/modules/ipboard/index.php?s=&showtopic=2665)

http://www.scoliosis-support.org/modules/i...&showtopic=2681 (http://www.scoliosis-support.org/modules/ipboard/index.php?s=&showtopic=2681)

http://www.scoliosis-support.org/modules/i...&showtopic=2714 (http://www.scoliosis-support.org/modules/ipboard/index.php?s=&showtopic=2714)

http://www.scoliosis-support.org/modules/i...&showtopic=3111 (http://www.scoliosis-support.org/modules/ipboard/index.php?s=&showtopic=3111)

I hope they are of some help


Amazed Jean
28th April 2007, 08:21 PM
Welcome to the site.

29th April 2007, 11:22 AM
Thank you for posting those links there very helpful. esp the one with the man (sorry cant remember his name) that had it done at hinchingbrooke thats where im having mine done when i make my decison.

Little Ali
29th April 2007, 03:39 PM
Hi Karlene :welcome2:

Sorry to hear that you've been told you have to have surgery. It's never nice but as you can see, they can produce great results these days and you'll be in good hands.

We're all here for you.


29th April 2007, 08:53 PM
thank you all for your advice and help! my family and boyfriend are being great at the momnet. havent told any friends yet!!
have you all gone back to work as normal afterwardss? really dont wanna give up my job as a vet nurse i love it too much! Dont know what else i would do!

29th April 2007, 09:25 PM
everyone who has had surgery for kyphosis on this site has now gone back to work. Some have longer off than others i think if i remember rightly most are of for 6 months plus. It sounds like a long time but that seems to be about the quickest anyone has returned.

I think you should be able to return to job you do. We have had an air host, prison warden and nurse return to work that i can think of off the top of my head

Hope that helps a little

29th April 2007, 09:40 PM
Thanks Mark that does help! I have my 1st year exams in July so dont really want my years of study and stress wasted!! Work have been really good, my boss said when im ready to come back and just to 1hr on reception or just observe in theatre until i feel ready to do more!!
Does any one know if the waiting lists are long for surgery?
odd queston i know!!

29th April 2007, 10:31 PM
depends upon the hospital and surgeon

usually about 6 months ish i think

15th May 2007, 09:03 PM
I have made my decision!! Im going ahead with the surgery. Really scary thought!
Karlene :monkey:

15th May 2007, 10:36 PM
Good luck Karlene, I'm sure you won't regret it. Remember we're all here to support you in any way we can :D

Gilly xx

16th May 2007, 02:08 PM
Hi Karelene & welcome to the site! Glad you've made your decision. I had my surgery in Oct 2005 and went back to work in Jun 2006. I am pleased to say I am completely back to normal (well as much as I'll ever be!) If there are any questions we can answer - just let us know!