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A 38-year-old male asked:

can 11 mnths of untreated, undiagnosed, healing of multiple thoracic fractures w/ lig. dmg to ant, post, l. flavum, w/ kyphosis be corrected surgically?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
If indicated: Most fractures even with deformities present do not need surgical intervention. As these were undiagnosed , i assume there was no neurologic issues as this went undiagnosed. At this stage , the fractures are healed. The question arises to the degree of deformity and kyphosis in this region of the spine is usually well tolerated. See a spine surgeon for an evaluation and opinion.
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
No: By this time the fractures are healed. Therefore no indication for surgical correction unless there is another reason like spinal stenosis or disc herniation with radicular symptoms.

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Last updated Jan 4, 2015

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