I've done a lot of searching but I finally broke down to registering and posting.
In Aug 2008 I was in a car accident and I fractured C5, C6, T8, T9, and T10. Most were minor fractures except T9 was a burst fracture. I was also 5 weeks pregnant so surgery was not done. I spent 14 weeks in a hard brace at all times unless I was laying flat. That Dec an MRI showed that T9 was collapsing in the front into a wedge shape. The following year (Nov 09) another MRI showed an increase in the kyphosis. My neurosurgeon at the time said surgery was not an option as it was 'experimental' and my insurance probably wouldn't cover it. I am in pain most of the time, though not crippling pain.
This past summer we moved and the pain suddenly increased. My daughter is now 1.5 and about 30 pounds. Picking her up hurts and I have never been able to sit on the floor and play with her. I'm 29 and I feel like I'm trapped in the body of an old woman. They kyphosis gives me a visible hump in my back. The increase in pain sent me to a new neurosurgeon (actually 3 of them until I finally found the right one). We had a new CT done and he suggested 2 surgical options. One, an anterior approach where T9 and T10 would be replaced with titanium cylinders and then a posterior fusion. The doc says this will straighten my spine and should git rid of most of my pain. The second option is just a posterior approach for a fusion. The doc can't get my spine completely straight but he thinks it will still fix most of my pain issues.
So now I have a decision to make, surgery or not? And which surgery? My husband and I want to have more kids so we're leaning towards surgery so I can be more active in their lives. The doc said it would be a 6 level fusion (T7-T12). He said I should expect to do nothing for about a month, but he seemed fairly optomistic about recovery. Has anyone had this type of surgery? We're currently leaning towards the 2nd option, as the thoracotomy required for an anterior approach scares me.
I apologize for the ridiculously long post.