M96.3: Postlaminectomy kyphosis

Your spine has curved too much since you were operated on.

The spine consists of several sections. The cervical spine begins below the head. The cervical spine is very mobile. Below that is the thoracic spine. The ribs are attached to the thoracic spine. Below the thoracic spine is the lumbar spine. The lumbar spine is also very mobile and it bears a large part of the body’s weight. After the lumbar spine, the sacrum and coccyx join.

If you look at your spine from the side, you can see that your spine is not quite straight. Your spine is alternately curving inwards and outwards. Your cervical spine and lumbar spine curve inwards. Your thoracic spine and sacrum curve outwards.

Your spine is curved too far outwards.

One or more of your vertebral arches were removed in the course of an operation. To put it simply, each vertebra consists of a body and an arch. The vertebral body bears the weight of the body. All the vertebral arches of the vertebrae make up the vertebral canal. The spinal cord lies in the vertebral canal. After this type of operation the spine is sometimes less stable. So your spine is curving outwards too much.

If the spine is too curved, there may sometimes be no problems. But one may have back pain, for example.

Additional indicator

On medical documents, the ICD code is often appended by letters that indicate the diagnostic certainty or the affected side of the body.

  • G: Confirmed diagnosis
  • V: Tentative diagnosis
  • Z: Condition after
  • A: Excluded diagnosis
  • L: Left
  • R: Right
  • B: Both sides

Further information


This information is not intended for self-diagnosis and does not replace professional medical advice from a doctor. If you find an ICD code on a personal medical document, please also note the additional indicator used for diagnostic confidence.
Your doctor will assist you with any health-related questions and explain the ICD diagnosis code to you in a direct consultation if necessary.


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