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Ryy
06-08-2010, 02:23 PM
Hey guys, haven't been on much lately, been trying things to take my mind off my back but to no avail. For those who don't know, i have kyphosis, 24 yrs of age, in albany ny. I'm sick of being so strong and doing everything there is to do, yet still my back is getting worse without a doubt. i won't go into too much detail right now with it. I have a friend of a friend who had the surgery 3 years ago and was in a similar place i am now, and the surgery went great for him.. Setting a date sometime in the near future. wish me luck guys, i'll keep you all posted. feel free to insert your input
:)

Leanna
06-08-2010, 04:45 PM
Hey guys, haven't been on much lately, been trying things to take my mind off my back but to no avail. For those who don't know, i have kyphosis, 24 yrs of age, seeing Dr. Carl at Albany Med in Albany NY. I'm sick of being so strong and doing everything there is to do, yet still my back is getting worse without a doubt. i won't go into too much detail right now with it. I have a friend of a friend who had the surgery 3 years ago and was in a similar place i am now, and the surgery went great for him.. Setting a date sometime in the near future. wish me luck guys, i'll keep you all posted. feel free to insert your input
:)

Good luck to you. Hang in there! Let us know when the date is!

JenniferG
06-08-2010, 04:46 PM
The very best of luck Ryy! I am sure there are others here who've had similar experiences so hopefully, you'll get some good support before and after your surgery. It's good that you've made the decision.

golfnut
06-08-2010, 07:25 PM
I'm sure it feels encouraging to have made the decision. Let us know when you have your date set.

titaniumed
06-09-2010, 01:25 AM
Ryy

Do you know if they will do a keyhole on you. You know, through the side as a release? (portals)
I believe thatís common with large kyphosis procedures.

Ed

Ryy
06-09-2010, 12:58 PM
thanks for the kind words guys

ed: no keyhole, but posterior and anterior

Ryy
08-01-2010, 03:02 PM
Hi,

I have a surgery date set for late september. Going to have 2 surgeries. The first is removing the discs, then 5 days later, the big one. Is this a common thing?

titaniumed
08-01-2010, 08:35 PM
Ryy

I would say itís the common way they do A/Ps. There are all sorts of ways they do these surgeries, with multiple flips.

Did you ask where the incisions were going to be? and how large? Do you know which levels they will fuse?

The strength of the A/Ps is superior due to fusing the front as well as the back. It does truly balance things out and adds strength.

I still donít know how they come up with the amount of time between flips. Mine was a 2 days stage, some go several weeks. It would be a good question for your surgeon.

Ed

Confusedmom
08-01-2010, 08:50 PM
My scoli surgeon also recommended doing an anterior "release" first followed by posterior fusion. He likes to do it in one day, although he says it will take 12+ hours.:eek: (Probably the reason I haven't bitten the bullet yet.) But, his partner separates the two surgeries by three weeks. He said the spacing between the surgeries is basically the personal preference of the surgeon, usually based on what they think will be least traumatic (physically and emotionally) to the patient.

Evelyn

LindaRacine
08-01-2010, 08:58 PM
Ryy

Do you know if they will do a keyhole on you. You know, through the side as a release? (portals)
I believe thatís common with large kyphosis procedures.

Ed

It is?

--Linda

LindaRacine
08-01-2010, 09:04 PM
My scoli surgeon also recommended doing an anterior "release" first followed by posterior fusion. He likes to do it in one day, although he says it will take 12+ hours.:eek: (Probably the reason I haven't bitten the bullet yet.) But, his partner separates the two surgeries by three weeks. He said the spacing between the surgeries is basically the personal preference of the surgeon, usually based on what they think will be least traumatic (physically and emotionally) to the patient.

Evelyn
Hi Evelyn...

I had both procedures done in one day (11-1/2 hours of surgery) at age 42. To be honest, I wouldn't do it that way again, as my recovery was pretty tough. My anterior surgery, however, was a big open surgery. The surgeons who do a lot of these surgeries are now doing the anterior part with XLIFs or ALIFs, through openings that are usually about 2". The difference between a 2" incision and mine that has to be about 14" have to be pretty significant.

Regards,
Linda

titaniumed
08-02-2010, 12:11 AM
Linda,

Thatís what I'm saying. Thatís why I'm asking. Huge incisions need consideration. Kyphosis is a different animal. I'm sorry, I should have been more specific and mentioned minimally invasive thoracotomy instead of keyhole.

XLIF according to Dr Pashman in this case, mentions that they are not used for kyphosis. I know that XLIFs are being done in the thoracic, but for kyphosis surgery?

http://www.espine.com/Scoliosis-case-review/adult-kyphoscoliosis.pdf
http://journals.lww.com/c-

Thoracotomy is what Dr Bridwell suggests for anterior.
http://www.spineuniverse.com/conditions/kyphosis/scheuermanns-kyphosis-non-operative-surgical

It would be nice to know which method. Will it be open?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thoracotomy

Data on mini open procedures. VATS Video assisted thoracotomy.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16291102
Dr Lonner
http://www.spineuniverse.com/conditions/scoliosis/scoliosis-surgery-treating-kyphosis

This is a demanding very painful procedure. I remember reading this material in the past at some point.
If I were having any of these procedures done, I would like to know.

Ed

gmw
08-02-2010, 05:21 AM
Ryy -- I had A/P surgery in May. The anterior (with about a 5 inch incision in my left lower abdomen and about a 2 inch incision in my right side) was performed on Monday, May 17. The posterior surgery was performed on Thursday, May 20. It's a tough surgery, but in my case has been well worth it. My recovery, after about the first 5 weeks, has gone very well. It seemed at 6 weeks I turned the corner and started to see real progress in how I was feeling.

Glenda

Vali
08-02-2010, 08:04 AM
I had A/P done the same day. I have a small caesarian like cut in my lower abdomen and of course the 'ink line' down my back (i was glued not stitched). My op took 6 hours to complete. I personally would not like to undergo 2 surgeries on different days, but that is just my opinion. Best wishes.

dolores a
08-02-2010, 12:11 PM
Hello Ryy, I wish you luck with your decision to get on with the surgery and to be peacefull up till the day. Also, just wanted to mention what my surgeon told me about not having the surgeries done in one day, besides the stress on the patient, he explained that it also was very stressful on the surgeons. I felt better about having to wait a couple of days to have the posterior portion done knowing the surgeons would be well rested!

Confusedmom
08-02-2010, 10:09 PM
Hi Evelyn...

I had both procedures done in one day (11-1/2 hours of surgery) at age 42. To be honest, I wouldn't do it that way again, as my recovery was pretty tough. My anterior surgery, however, was a big open surgery. The surgeons who do a lot of these surgeries are now doing the anterior part with XLIFs or ALIFs, through openings that are usually about 2". The difference between a 2" incision and mine that has to be about 14" have to be pretty significant.

Regards,
Linda

Good grief, Linda! You had to go through all that and now you are looking at possibly having revision surgery?! Bless your heart for contributing to this forum the way you do. I hope it provides some help to you, as well. Would you remind me what levels you had fused? Thanks for your message!

Ryy--I would find out how long (hours) they think each of your surgeries will be. Seems like that can be the difference in whether they do it in one day or not.

Evelyn

Ryy
08-15-2010, 05:06 PM
Surgery for me is Sept 21 through the front for disk removal, and Sept 28 (tentative) for the fusion. wish me luck all. anyone else with a late sept surgery date??