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What is the recovery length after having surgery to straighten a curved spine (kyphosis)?

What is the recovery length after having surgery to straighten a curved spine (kyphosis)?

It varies: It depends on the cause of the kyphosis. For example, kyphosis from an osteoporosis fracture is treated with a minimally invasive kyphoplasty, which has almost no recovery time. A kyphosis from a structural, non fracture deformity is similar to a scoliosis type surgery and has an approximate 12 week recovery until return to full activity. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

Dr. Douglas Linville II
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Kyphosis (Definition)

When viewing the human spine from the side, there are usually three natural curvatures. The neck and low back have a curvature with the con cavity backward, this is known as lordosis; and the mid back has a curve with the concavity anteriorly, this is known as s kyphosis. When an elderly lady has an increase "hump" in this curvature in the mid back we call ...Read more


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70 degrees kyphosis Age 20 What's the normal angle? And can it be corrected without surgery?

70 degrees kyphosis Age 20 What's the normal angle? And can it be corrected without surgery?

Kyphosis: An orthopedic specialist in spinal abnormalities is best qualified to evaluate and treat your kyphosis which sounds significant. He/she will advise you about braces and other treatment modalities. ...Read more

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Hey! I've recently been diagnosed with Kyphosis and I was wondering how bad it has to be for them to do surgery? I'm only 18

Hey! I've recently been diagnosed with Kyphosis and I was wondering how bad it has to be for them to do surgery? I'm only 18

70 degrees minimum: Typically surgeons will send patients for postural training prior to any contemplation of surgical intervention. The indications for surgery are a curve of 70 degrees or greater that is painful and unresponsive to conservative care. The surgery will straighten the kyphosis but does not guarantee pain reduction. ...Read more

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70 degrees kyphosis What's the risk and complications of correct surgery? And if the kyphosis don't get worsen is it need surgery?

70 degrees kyphosis What's the risk and complications of correct surgery? And if the kyphosis don't get worsen is it need surgery?

Recommendation: If you really have 70 degree of kyphosis at age of 19 years you better go to surgery. It can prevent lung and heart problems in your future. Risk of complications still less significant than risk of development other problems : lung, heart, vascular. ...Read more

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Kyphosis 70 degrees Why all doctors said surgery is not necessary? Age 20

Kyphosis 70 degrees Why all doctors said surgery is not necessary? Age 20

In general: "severe kyphosis" = 70 degrees or over...Perhaps doctors are hoping that with physical therapy and certain EXERCISES you can prevent further curvature or IMPROVE that aspect of your kyphosis which is POSTURAL>
Hope this information is helpful!
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If I have kyphosis and scoliosis, should I have corrective surgery?

If I have kyphosis and scoliosis, should I have corrective surgery?

Size counts: Usually surgery is for curves over 50 degrees in people who are of the appropriate health to undergo such a surgery. A spine surgeon can assess the need for any corrective surgery. ...Read more

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How long is surgery to straighten a curved spine (kyphosis)?

Surgery: Depends on extent of curve, any complications, general health, etc. Consult your orthopedic surgeon for more info. ...Read more

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Why nobody invented a better surgery to straighten up the spine for those who suffer with kyphosis after the age of 20? Nobody wants titaniums in!

Why nobody invented a better surgery to straighten up the spine for those who suffer with kyphosis after the age of 20? Nobody wants titaniums in!

Good point: Hopefully someday they will. Maybe one day you will contribute to that development. All that being said, surgery for kyphosis has come a long way with many patients who undergo surgery getting remarkable correction and improvement in their quality of life. Thank you. ...Read more

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Have scheurmanns kyphosis & options are to live with it or have it corrected via surgery, what would be the complications with getting surgery on it?

Have scheurmanns kyphosis & options are to live with it or have it corrected via surgery, what would be the complications with getting surgery on it?

Multiple: The decision whether or not you are a candidate would be in part based upon an exam and appropriate imaging studies. It is a pretty large surgery, but reasonably safe In an otherwise healthy patient. Highest risk would be infection in about 1percent, pain despite surgery would also be risk and so it would be important to fully determine source of pain. Further discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Kyphosis 70degrees All doctors said I don't need surgery because it will not get worsen but they advice me to swim Can that make my back look better?

Kyphosis 70degrees All doctors said I don't need surgery because it will not get worsen but they advice me to swim Can that make my back look better?

NO: It won't change the shape of your back, which has a bony abnormality. What swimming will do is keep your muscles strong so that you will have less pain from the bony abnormality. That's important because you can then smile and let your personality make up for any anxiety about how you look. ...Read more

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How long should it take to walk again after surgery to straighten a curved spine (kyphosis)?

How long should it take to walk again after surgery to straighten a curved spine (kyphosis)?

The next day: Barring complication, we strongly encourage patients to be up walking and working with physical therapy as soon as possible, usually the day after surgery. This reduces the likelihood of periopertive complications such as pressure sores, blood clots, and pneumonia. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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How long will it take to be up and walking again after surgery to straighten a curved spine (kyphosis)?

How long will it take to be up and walking again after surgery to straighten a curved spine (kyphosis)?

It's fast: Depending on patient's age & health status as well as whether it is single or 2 stage procedure, usually by the next day after surgery one will try at least to dangle the patient's legs off the bed or even sit in chair. From that point, walking begins as soon as tolerated to minimize risk of blood clots in legs & lungs as well as any other lung issues. If a 2 stage procedure it may be after 2nd. ...Read more

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Kyphosis 70degrees All doctors said that I don't need surgery but I'm shy of my back appearance Can I make my back look better?

Kyphosis 70degrees All doctors said that I don't need surgery but I'm shy of my back appearance Can I make my back look better?

Surgery is only --: -indicated if there is significant respiratory compromise. It is a serious procedure & no one in their right mind would do any such procedure 4 cosmetic reasons, plus U could not afford 2 pay 4 it if anyone did it. U have 2 live with what U have. The sooner U realize this & accept it U will not B so self conscious. ...Read more

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Are the titanium instruments going to remain on my spine the rest of my life if I do a kyphosis surgery?!

Are the titanium instruments going to remain on my spine the rest of my life if I do a kyphosis surgery?!

Most likely: Usually do remain in spine when for correction of curvature of spine. They help to maintain the correction. Complications such as infection, broken rods and screws may require removal of part or whole device. Most spinal fusions usually are intended to last forever. ...Read more

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Should your spine be straight directly after surgery for sheurmans kyphosis or would it still be curved from swelling?

Should your spine be straight directly after surgery for sheurmans kyphosis or would it still be curved from swelling?

Juvenile Epiphysitis: IF THE PROBLEM WAS BAD ENOUGH TO OPERATE ON, IT MUST HAVE BEEN SEVERE. IF THE DOCTOR STRAIGHTENED IT, YOUR THORACIC SPINE IS NOW AS STRAIGHT AS IT WILL EVER BE WITHOUT FURTHER (ILL ADVISED) SURGERY. WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU'VE GOT. I NO LONGER DO SPINAL SURGERY AND WOULD NEVER HAVE ATTEMPTED THIS. THE SWELLING WOULD NOT INTERFERE WITH THE APPEARANCE OF YOUR ALIGNMENT. SORRY TO DISAPPOINT YOU. ...Read more

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Is there an option to straighten up my postural kyphosis instead of just doing a risky surgery? I don't want no instruments on my body!

Is there an option to straighten up my postural kyphosis instead of just doing a risky surgery? I don't want no instruments on my body!

Your righNo surgery: For postural kyphosis indication forfusion forckyphosis is rigid (not postural) progressive structural curve greater than 60 degrees of positive saggital rotation huge severe curve postural kyphosis is treated with therapy and corrects lying supine can't be confused for a structural deformity by the learned an instrumented fusion for postural kyphosis is madness the cureis worse than the disease. ...Read more

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Kyphosis 70 degrees age 20 I saw 5 orthopedic surgeons and all of them refused the surgery Why did they refuse it?

Surgery 2 correct-: -kyphosis is not 4 cosmetic purposes, it is only done if there is significant pulmonary compromise. That could B the reason. U need 2 have severely abnormal PFT's B4 it's considered. ...Read more

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Hello thank you for this service my question is can I practice sports like football and running after performing a 48 degree kyphosis curve surgery?

Hello thank you for this service my question is can I practice sports like football and running after performing a 48 degree kyphosis curve surgery?

In general, once: Your surgeon has assessed that you are fully healed and a year out from your surgery of this type, exercise is important and sports participation also plays a role except usually for contact sports. You should discuss this with your surgeon as to the appropriate activities as related to your specific condition. ...Read more

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My brother had kyphosis surgery 6 days ago and is still unable to urinate. He's going home with a catheter. What can be the cause?

My brother had kyphosis surgery 6 days ago and is still unable to urinate. He's going home with a catheter. What can be the cause?

Here are some. ..: It's not uncommon to develop temporary/permanent bladder dysfunction after spinal surgery of this nature. Either one, the care for such postop conditions remains the same, that is, to avoid any further bladder damage by bladder over-distention with indwelling catheter or clean intermittent self-catheterization (CISC). Medically, CISC does better for convenience & infection. For now, indweling is o ...Read more

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What's the word on lordosis/kyphosis? What's treatment with no surgery at age of 30yrs? Is it going to be in my way if I want to become a bodybuilder

to spine curves: Both terms refer to curves in spine. Most people have a normal amt of each of these, curves and in those cases no treatment needed. If you suspect an abnormal degree of curve than an xray can confirm. Very few people need surgery. ...Read more

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I'm 20 When kyphosis (70degrees)surgery is needed? And can kyphosis affect the lung and nerves in the future (no symptoms now) if it's not get worsen?

I'm 20 When kyphosis (70degrees)surgery is needed? And can kyphosis affect the lung and nerves in the future (no symptoms now) if it's not get worsen?

Mgt: I would advise that you have a pulmonary function test and discuss possible optimal treatment and repair with an Orthopedic surgeon.
Chest wall restriction can affect lung function and lead to restrictive disease. Symptoms often appear later in the course. ...Read more

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Can a chiropractor help my brother's kyphosis? It's currently at 84 degrees and spine surgeon says he'll need surgery if it reaches 90.

Can a chiropractor help my brother's kyphosis? It's currently at 84 degrees and spine surgeon says he'll need surgery if it reaches 90.

No: While I am a proponent of spinal manipulation, it will not be able to correct a severe kyphosis like that. In fact, there must be pathology to have kyphosis to that degree, and spinal manipulation may be dangerous, not definitely, but may be depending on your brothers health. Physical therapy may be able to slow increase of kyphosis, but should be done only at recommendation of spine doc. ...Read more

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Osteophytes, Kyphosis, Stenosis@C5-7. Surgeon said necessity for me to have corpectomy/ACDF, but not urgent. Better to have a surgery sooner than later?

Osteophytes, Kyphosis, Stenosis@C5-7. Surgeon said necessity for me to have corpectomy/ACDF, but not urgent. Better to have a surgery sooner than later?

Yes younger better: You will never be as healthy as you are today. Therefore, if a surgery is needed then the younger you are, the more likely you will not have complications from simply your older age. But this does not mean you cannot have a good outcome from surgery at an older age. And your symptoms always have to justify surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Zachariah George
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Curved Spine (Definition)

Curved spine = The human spine is normally curved. However excessive or abnormal curvatures can be seen with conditions like ...Read more