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whitney81180
06-07-2005, 12:29 PM
If you have kyphosis and scoliosis. Do you add those two measurements together to get the real measurement of your curve?

Becky

LindaRacine
06-07-2005, 12:49 PM
No. Each is measured separately.

whitney81180
06-07-2005, 01:23 PM
Is adult kyphosis surgery known for more risks of paralysis? Was wandering is this surgery is possible for adults. Thanks Linda for all your answers. You are a wealth of information.

LindaRacine
06-07-2005, 02:12 PM
Becky...

Surgery is almost always possible. I don't think anyone has reported on the complication rate for adult kyphosis surgery. If it's of interest to you, you should ask your surgeon what his/her complication rate is (which is much more meaningful than someone else's complication rate).

What are your curve measurements?

--Linda

whitney81180
06-07-2005, 02:33 PM
Dr. Keith Bridwell said 50t/40l scoliosis with kyphosis increased to 75 degrees. He said surgery was likely but possibly now or three years. Respiratory minimal problems. I wonder if it might be to late for me.

LindaRacine
06-07-2005, 02:52 PM
Becky...

I'm not a medical professional, but know that your curves are relatively moderate and I can't imagine why anyone would think it's anywhere near "too late" for you.

--Linda

Mary Lou
06-07-2005, 03:09 PM
Becky,

I know you are an adult and my daughter is just a teen, though she is skeletally mature, but your curves are very close to what her's were pre-surgery. Her Kyphosis was about 72* and corrected to about 33*; her Scoliosis (main curve) was about 46* and corrected to about 14*. She is six months post-op today and is doing very well.

Is this the only opinion you've gotten? It never hurts to get a second opinion. Good luck.

Mary Lou

Theresa
06-07-2005, 10:01 PM
Becky, If what you wrote is what the doctor wrote, I don't read that as surgery not being possible. I read it as you will likely need surgery but you can maybe wait for up to three years to have it done plus you have very small respiratory issues.

LindaRacine
06-08-2005, 12:19 AM
Hi Theresa...

It never even dawned on me that Becky was interpreting Dr. Bridwell's comments like that. Thanks.

Becky, I believe that Dr. Bridwell is telling you that there's no rush. If you're ready now, fine. Otherwise, it won't be much different if you way 3 years.

Regards,
Linda