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If you are a person dealing with kyphosis, you may be struggling as you consider your treatment options. Management tactics like physical therapy and wearing a brace can work in some cases but not in all cases. If you've tried these treatments but are still struggling, then your doctor may recommend that you consider surgery. Here are the basics you'll want to know as you start deciding whether spinal deformity surgery is right for you.
What does the procedure actually involve?
Generally, when you undergo surgery for kyphosis, the goal of the surgery is not to correct the curvature in your spine. Rather, it is to prevent the curvature from getting worse and also to ease some of the symptoms you may currently be dealing with. For instance, if you have nerve pain because your spine is pinching a nerve, your doctor will aim to alleviate that pressure and prevent it from reoccurring.
Usually, in kyphosis surgery, your surgeon will fuse the spine together, using rods and screws. Once these vertebrae are fused together, they won't be able to shift, move, and create more curvature. This will restrict movement in your back, of course, but by the time you need surgery, you typically can't move well, anyways.
What is the recovery process like?
Actually, the recovery process from spinal deformity surgery tends to be less challenging than patients expect it to be. This is aided by the fact that in recent years, most doctors perform spinal surgery in a minimally invasive way. In other words, they make a few small incisions and perform the surgery using small tools and a camera that can be inserted through those incisions. These incisions heal faster than a big incision, and there's also less muscle damage to heal.
You can expect to have to lie down for a few days to a week after surgery. After that, you can slowly start getting up and moving around. You'll work with a physical therapist to increase your mobility and strengthen the proper muscles. Most people need to be off from work for two or three weeks — maybe more if your job involves physical labor.
Undergoing surgery for kyphosis is sometimes the best way to prevent your deformity from worsening. If your doctor has recommended this procedure for you, hopefully, you now have a basic idea of what to expect. Talk to a local doctor to learn more about the specific risks and challenges that may apply to spine deformity surgery in your situation.Share
23 July 2021