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Multi Level Smith-Petersen Osteotomy

dana0710ddana0710 Posts: 3
edited 10/24/2014 - 4:35 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I'm new to the forum. My husband was hurt at work in 2008. A 200+ lb flue pipe fell from a chimney striking him in the head, bounding off and landing on the back of his neck. He was originally diagnosed with a C6 spinous process fracture and T4-T8 compression fractures. Nothing was done and he was given pain meds.

Fast forward to today. 1.5 months ago he had a C5-C6 ACDF surgery to remove a herniated disk in his neck. He has had huge paraspinal muscle spasm all through his thoracic area since this happened. They never go away. He also has a small herniated disk in his lumbar area causing pain. His main complaint since this happened has been pain in his mid back. Work comp refuses to do anything to treat it or his lumbar spine. They only accepted a strain/sprain of his lumbar area. He has now developed a fairly significant thoracic kyphosis of about 75 degrees so his upper back is hunched over.

He has an awesome surgeon. At this point he is suggesting a smith-peterseon osteotomy of approximately 9 levels to treat the kyphosis and try to relieve some of his pain. Has anyone had this surgery? We are going back and forth about trying to decide what to do. I would love to hear personal experiences. Thank you!


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