Kyphosis surgery is a procedure focused on rectifying abnormal curvatures of the spine, often from deformities.
What is it?
Kyphosis surgery stabilizes the spine after abnormal curvatures, often from deformities, make the spine compressed and unstable. Through the fusion of the particular area that is affected, the spine can be under less pressure and can be more properly aligned. This procedure is often performed when alternative therapies have not been successful or when the curvature is extreme.
What should I do to prepare?
You should consult with your medical professional about the best-individualized plan to prepare for surgery. This surgery requires the use of general anesthesia, so it is best to follow the general guidelines involving surgery with general anesthesia. This includes refraining from eating or drinking the night before surgery and avoiding certain medications.
What happens during the process?
There are multiple techniques that may be used to correct the abnormal curvature of the spine. This may include cutting the bone to correct angular deformities and realigning the ends of the bone to allow it to heal. This is known as an osteotomy. Another common technique is fusing certain affected parts of the vertebrae together in order to stabilize the spine.
What are the risks and potential complications?
Common complications may include infection, bleeding, inflammation, pain, and allergies to certain medications. More severe and rare complications may include spinal damage and nerve damage.
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