A 48-year-old male asked:
I have a rupture burst fracture at the t-12 2 0f 3 layers of bone are gone and bone fragments are all over do you suggest surgery fearing piercing?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 16 years experience
See a Spine Surgeon: Surgery indications include progressive neurologic deficit, spinal instability, progressive spinal deformity, significant canal compromise could also be a consideration especially 80% compromise or more. You have to be followed closely by a spine surgeon even if you do not meet surgical indications to ensure proper healing of your fracture. Surgery when not indicated will likely not change outcome.
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Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Not enough info: This sounds very worrisome, but i don't have enough information to answer your question. Burst fractures can lead to spinal cord injury. If you have normal nerve function, you may have time for a second opinion to help you figure this out; however, if you are experiencing worsening neurological symptoms, then surgery will almost certainly be your best course.
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Last updated May 6, 2016
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