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Kyphoplasty for younger people???

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
hi, i am 22yrs old and have comp fractures from T5 to T9 vertebre that has been causing quite abit of pain and deformity in my spine since my injury on april 1 2008. the doctor says i am too young for this opperation, but its not healing and the pain isnt leaving. i cant sleep, i cant work, and its been 6 months now. ive went through physical thearopy. is there anybody out there that has had Kyphoplasty at my age? or knows how the cement will hold up for the rest of my life? thanks


  • Hello,

    I have been told by several doctors that kyphoplasty has to be done within a few weeks of the compression. They only use it in older people whose compression fracture resulted from loss of bone stength and not from a severe shock to the bone. Many of these elderly fractures occur from something as slight as a sneeze.

    BUT, if I were you I would not give up looking into this. There may be someone out there somewhere who has gone outside the norm and been successful. From what I have read it works very well in patients that have received it.

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