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5th December 2008, 10:26 PM
I am a 16 year old junior in high school. I was diagnosed with Scheuermann's Kyphosis earlier this year, but have had symptoms for about 3 years. I was always told I was just slouching, but other people didn't understand the pain and difficulty required to stand upright. After getting a physical earlier this year for sports at school, I was referred to an orthodpedic spinal specialist. He took an X-ray and measured my curvature to be 60 degrees. He referred me to a physical therapist and said to come back in 6 months for another x ray. Well two weeks ago was six months, and I had another x-ray. My curvature now measures 78 degrees and my pain has increased immensly. He said I was at the point when they do operate and said it was entirely up to me if the pain was unbearable. I was told the surgery would be only posterior for me. Has anyone had this surgery? Could you just explain your experience with it and how long it took you to recover? How long do you think I would be out of school? My doctor's have told me many things but I think it is better to hear from the people who have actually had the surgery themselves.
10th December 2008, 04:00 PM
Hi i know i havent had surgery but im thinking of having it the same as you, im 18 and was diagnosed with Kyphosis when i was 14, but the doctor said it wasnt severe enough for medical intervention. Now im 18 its irritating me when i sit down i cant sit on straight backed chairs or bend over in a way which wont show the hump bit so im thinking of having surgery to try and minimise it but i dont know ... :(
19th December 2008, 12:35 AM
I have scoliosis and kyphosis, I had surgery 9 months ago. So, I am still healing, but I may be able to help. Before surgery I wore a body brace for 18 months to try and stop the curve, then after they took me out of it my curve got worse within 4 months. So then surgery was recomended. I had two curves one was a 45 degree and the other was like 35 degree curve. They put in rods to fuse 7 and then decided to only fuse 3 once they were in there. I know it helped me knowing that my appearance was better. I hope this helps!!! :)
27th December 2008, 12:38 PM
He took an X-ray and measured my curvature to be 60 degrees. He referred me to a physical therapist and said to come back in 6 months for another x ray.
This was the best point to take a high corrective brace.
Without brace it was so shure like the "amen in the curch" tah your scheuerman-spine bent more and more.
A realy good brace diminishing your thoracic curve minimum to 50%.
From 60° to 30° Cobb.
Or now from 78° to 39° Cobb.
is your thoracic curve very high ( vert. 1 - 8 thorc.) an Milwaukee is better.
Is the curve in the middle, you can take a brace without neck-ring.
Very importend ist to reduce the hyperlordosis.
With great compliance 23h/7d and intensiv training to self- straigtening with your own autochtone muscels you dont need surgery.
The most surgeon doktors have no experience with efficient conservative Scheuermann-spine-therapy. they can only stregthen a part of spine.
But this is not a comlete salutary by Scheuermann diseas.
It is not to late, but you need first a very good brace!
29th December 2008, 04:43 PM
Hi welcome to sso
Surgical intervention is usually only considered when the curve reaches about 80 degrees patients with a cobb angle above 90 degrees are usually prime candidates for surgical intervention.
Its not a walk in the park so if you are considering surgical intervention then you need to consider all your options
29th December 2008, 06:27 PM
Surgical intervention is usually only considered when the curve reaches about 80 degrees.
There one must ask nevertheless first: Why do they reach at all 80°?
who let come so far?
For me that is bodily injury by omitted assistance.
No reklination-brace with 60° Cobb? When then?
What are for physicians?
Idle ones watch and wait.
The patient becomes ever more bent and ripe.
Then measurers sharpen.
Dr. Cheneau said once: "each operation is a missed or failed corset- therapy."
In his time as a physician in Toulose children hospital patients only 5 had to be operated of more than 1000 Scoliose and Kyphose.
In many countries (also Germany) this relationship turns ever more.
Nothing do, wait .......
then with a very expensive Spondylodese-operation and Titan-instrumentation more conversion make much than with a good corset and physio-therapie.
I do not mean the heavy extreme Kyphosen and Skoliosen.
I mean the Skoliosen under 50° and the Kyphosen under 75° Cobb.
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