View Full Version : Anyone here had surgery for post traumatic kyphosi

27th March 2008, 07:31 PM
Hi all,

We are due to see the surgeon tomorrow about my husbands post traumatic kyphosis (gibbus). Surgery would be anterior fusion and posterior at T11 and 12. The pain has been bad since the accident. The doctors misdiagnosed it as a sprain :nut: and after 4 months of unrelenting pain started him on Oxycontin to relieve it and sent him to pain management who then told him he was using the oxy to reduce his arousal and thinking too much about his insurance claim. Finally found out about the cause a year later and after 1.5 yrs was offered surgery but the doctor changed and the new one withdrew the offer without ever seeing him. We asked for another referral and now 2.5 years post RTA he gets to see a second spinal surgeon.

Just wanted to know if anyone had been through this surgery and if it helped.


27th March 2008, 10:38 PM
I guess I'd want to be certain that the gibbus was the only thing going on - have they done MRI and CT? I'm just thinking that they need to be sure that there isn't impingement for any reason other than the fracture. The other thing I'd perhaps suggest would be a second opinion with an adult spinal deformity specialist if the current doctor is a more general spine doc - simply because the deformity specialist will have had more experience of dealing with the overall effect of it, even if no more in dealing with fractures of this kind.

I don't think anyone else here has been through kyphosis surgery for this reason, but I would expect it to be tremendously helpful. The stabilisation that surgery will offer should help a great deal and the correction of his posture should also help significantly.

I'm really sorry to hear of all that your husband went through, it sounds absolutely dreadful :(

28th March 2008, 07:20 PM
Hi matab.

I would second what Titch said and really make sure that you have the right diagnosis. I was mis-diagnosed as having a gibbus before I was refered to another specialist who then told me that it was congenital kyphoscoliosis. Apparently it can be an easy mistake.

I dont have any experience of post-traumatic kyphosis but just wanted to say hi and welcome to SSO.