I fractured my vertebrae in April 2008 and had the Kyphoplasty in June 2008. I must tell you that the surgery was very effective. I'm 40 years old and my surgeon told me that I was definitely on the younger side of the regular person who has had this surgery. I don't regret it for a moment. I was in a brace for 6 weeks before the surgery and was in constant pain but the pain was significantly diminished after the surgery. I did a few months of physical therapy and as long as I do my home exercises, I don't have too much pain. Unfortunately, I also ruptured three discs at the same time and they are excruciating. I am on daily pain melds for that and have had numerous spinal injections..as at matter of fact, I just had a bilateral SI joint injection yesterday for it.
At any rate, I do not know the time frame of when Kypho surgery is recommended but, if you haven't already, I would suggest getting a second opinion or doing some research yourself. Also, have you tried bracing? MY surgeon told me that this is also helpful although the recovery time is much longer. But the bracing helps to keep the vertebrae together so they can heal.
I sincerely wish you the best, as I know how much pain I was in before the surgery. It would be wonderful for you if you found out that you were a candidate for it. I am not familiar with the healthcare you are dealing with but hopefully you can be seen be a spine specialist and get some feedback.
All the best and please contact me if you would like more information.