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    Default Should I have surgery

    I have recently been diagnosed with hyperkyphosis with a 72 degree curve. The doctor told me I can either start doing exercises which will help with the pain but will not decrease the curve and as I get older the curve will get worse. or he said that I could do the surgery now while im young. also my kyphosis is causing pectus carinatum. i just want to know if anyone else thinks i should have the surgery.

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    Default Re: Should I have surgery

    hello-I am not familiar with hyperkyphosis but if it is true what you say about it continuing to get worse then I would maybe at least keep the option of surgery open. Maybe ask questions. I do know that the younger a person is, the faster the recovery. Surgery is a big thing in my opinion because it takes awhile to recover and there are risks and it depends on how your life might be affected by your kyphosis right now and if the benefits of surgery outweigh the risks and time it takes to recover. Or if you can get by with excercises for now to decrease the pain? Mine was 80 degrees I believe and I was in a lot of pain and I could not work because of it and physio wasn't really doing alot for me. Also I was at risk of having problems with discs slipping and stuff so surgery was about the only option so my decision was fairly easy. I am not sure what your circumstances are and how it is affecting your daily life so i dont want to give you too much advice to go one way or the other. Do you have a good doctor that you trust his/her advice? If so I would talk more with your doctor also maybe and consider your doctor's advice. Sorry this is probably not alot of help. I hope it helps somewaht though.
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    oh sorry I almost forgot-Welcome!
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    Default Re: Should I have surgery

    Hi there,


    Cool name! Whether you have surgery or not depends on your situation I guess. How old are you? Have you been seeing a scoliosis/kyphosis specialist?

    I'm glad you found us here

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    Default Re: Should I have surgery

    I think that surgery is a smart choice but you need to look at all of the options and decide if the surgery is what you want to do. I was only 14 and the decision was made for me. Sometimes I regret it because it can effect many aspects of your health for the rest of your life as well as the actual cost and recovery time it takes to get your life back to normal. I hope you can be comfortable with you choice.
    good luck

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    Nikeles: "Sometimes I regret it because it can effect many aspects of your health for the rest of your life as well"
    What kinds of 'aspects of health' do you mean? Does a surgery inflict your mobility and such a LOT? Do you get pains?
    Grateful for everything you can tell me about it, as I would consider one if there's a possibility for me to do one..

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    Default Re: Should I have surgery

    My son has a kyphosis of 90 degrees, it has been progressing quite quickly and as he is so much pain from it we have decided he will have surgery as the consultant said if he doesn't then the curve will get worse.
    It is a lot to think about, talk to as many people as you can.
    Best of luck.

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    Question Re: Should I have surgery

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Nikeles: "Sometimes I regret it because it can effect many aspects of your health for the rest of your life as well"
    What kinds of 'aspects of health' do you mean? Does a surgery inflict your mobility and such a LOT? Do you get pains?
    Grateful for everything you can tell me about it, as I would consider one if there's a possibility for me to do one..
    Yeah I want to know this too!

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