Treatment options for kyphosis can include:
Spine surgery typically is the best treatment option for severe kyphosis. The expert surgeons at The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy use the Kyphoreduction stress-relaxation methods developed by Dr. Charles Edwards. Our spine surgeons use one midline back incision without the need to open the chest or abdomen. This surgery has been highly successful for patients of all ages suffering from kyphosis.
Vertebroplasty, a cement injection into the back, is available for elderly patients with kyphosis due to osteoporosis. These patients experience the painful collapse of one or two vertebrae. The vertebral collapse due to weakened, osteoporotic vertebrae leads to a painful, hunchback deformity. In many of these patients the spine can be straightened and protected with an “internal brace” using spinal instrumentation with or without fusion.