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kyphosis after fusion

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi guys,

I have another question for you since you were very helpful last time. My fiance recently had 3 back surgeries (a lamincetomy, discetomy, and fusion) of the thoracic spine.

Now years before when she was younger she used to have kyphosis but was treated for it. I'm wondering, if after these new surgeries like that, can kyphosis return?

Is this something we should be worried about?


  • First of all, if it makes you feel any better, those first two procedures are usually done as a part of the fusion surgery. Did she have three, separate surgeries or was it all a part of the fusion?

    I have no personal experience with kyphosis, but it is a form of scoliosis. If she was treated years ago and has been stable since then, I would think the surgery would have no negative influence on the kyphosis. But I certainly cannot say for sure. Be sure to ask her surgeon or call the office to ask the PA or nurse.
  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 805
    hey nug,
    From what I know from experience I will agree with gwennie. I had kyphosis
    of my cervical spine and since my fusion of 3 levels my c-spine looks like normal lordosis. Now I have a boat load of hardware to keep it stabile and I don't think kyphosis could return to those levels but there would be no guarantee it couldn't show up at another level of the vertabrae.
    Hope I could be of some help, take care.
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