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    Default Schuermanns kyphosis surgery help.

    I am a 16 year old male who has a 70 degree curve, along with a small scoliosis curve and hyperlordosis. (I am told this is common along with kyphosis) I am in shape from football, i run and lift weights on a regular basis. I am currently under the care of a orthopedic spinal specialist who tells me that he doesn't operate until the curve reaches 90 degrees. This is contrary to what I see online. I respect a conservative approach, but if surgery is needed then i need to look into it.

    My parents will not be willing to seek another opinion on this, i dont know what to do.
    I have tried physical therapy, anti inflammatory drugs, and chiropractic care.
    I have already had to give up football because of this.

    I really need some help.

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    Welcome to the site Texan,

    You don't say directly, but I understand from what you write that your back is causing you pain and it is the pain that discourages you from playing football? This pain has recently developed so that you had to give up football?

    I cannot understand why your parents won't allow you to seek a second opinion on this? I don't have kids myself but I cringe by the thought that one of mine would be suffering from pain at the age of 16. Try to explain them a bit better about your back problem and the stories at this site with surgeries? I think some parents aren't even aware of their kids problems and the possibilities that are out there for treatment. This is a complex subject though, there is rarely a "black/white" answer, so you need to get this investigated by experts. And by the sound of it, a second opinion is the first next step.

    On the bright side, as long as you treat your back nicely I don't think a 70 degree curve is going to create excessive wear on your back so I would recommend that you try to be as active as you can while you "work" on your parents.

    Let us know how you get on! Best of of luck!

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    Save up some cash and go see a scoliosis specialist. 90 is too far to wait. 70 is almost shocking in the sense that a doctor said not to do something now. Good Luck and keep us posted.
    I am 61 years old and the resident SSO fossil. I live in Oklahoma,USA with my husband Allen. We have one daughter Jae and she has three kids.Our grandkids are: Aidan is8. He's the one pictured in my current avatar. Jenna Jean is 7 and Ryan Allen is just 4 It's full time chaos here! I was diagnosed in 1965 at 14 years with Kyphoscoliosis and 2 curves measuring 68 and 63 degrees. My last measurements were in 2004 at 155, 88 and 55+ degrees. I have never had surgery or bracing so I now am on full time oxygen and use a Non Invasive Ventilator at night. at night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amazed Jean View Post
    Save up some cash and go see a scoliosis specialist. 90 is too far to wait. 70 is almost shocking in the sense that a doctor said not to do something now. Good Luck and keep us posted.
    There are alot of doctors with kyphosis cases who don't operate at 70. Scoliosis because the normal is 0 70 is alot more severe. With kyphosis though I would say 70-80 would actually be a good range with the recommended 50 percent correction a 35-40 degree kyphosis correction is normal range and saves the health issues over 90-100degrees.

    Would be advisable too see a specialist with kyphosis experience.

    Ange

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angeceilien View Post
    There are alot of doctors with kyphosis cases who don't operate at 70. Scoliosis because the normal is 0 70 is alot more severe. With kyphosis though I would say 70-80 would actually be a good range with the recommended 50 percent correction a 35-40 degree kyphosis correction is normal range and saves the health issues over 90-100degrees.

    Would be advisable too see a specialist with kyphosis experience.

    Ange
    I agree.....Average kyphosis curves range in the 30-35 degree range....so operating on a kypho at 90 sounds correct. If scoliosis is defined at 10 degrees, abnormal kyphosis would start at around 45 degrees. At 70, that would be equivalent to a scoli with a 35 degree curve which usually isn’t in surgical range.

    Insurance companies also want to know this information since they have to pay the big bill. They also like to see all non-surgical efforts of pain control exhausted before the green light.

    As a minor, you “could” visit a Shriners hospital....but chances are once you see a specialist, he is going to say the same thing......Shriners hospitals operate on kids for free. I believe 18 is the cutoff.

    I was a surgical candidate in 1974 and waited 34 years before submitting to surgery. It was a long painful road.....I paid a price due to my skiing, and of course waiting for technology.

    Surgery is usually thought of as a last ditch effort. There are reasons for this....

    Ed

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    I can feel you man. Same age at you with 60 degrees and un supportive parents. I dont know what to do with my life already.

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