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A 48-year-old member asked:

They did an x-ray of my left shoulder and he said my spine looks like an s. now i need surgery. what can i expect from the surgery?

2 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joshua Rovner
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 20 years experience
S- spine: This is a complicated question and depends on many factors. Most importantly is how severe the s-curve (scoliosis) is. You should definitely see a spine surgeon to measure your curvature and tell you if surgery is necessary.
Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Sports Medicine 40 years experience
don't know your age or if youre symptomatic see an ortho who treats this problem don't rush and do surgery - its major surgery
Nov 26, 2014
Dr. Irving Harper
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Age counts: At 48, your scoliosis has probably been there for a while and you need to get multiple opinions on the best way to approach tx. Need to ask success rate and experience of individual doing the procedure. May want to consider going to a spine center for another opinion

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me if on my left shoulder then did an X-ray and he said my spine looks like an s and now I need surgery?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Scoliosis: you certainly would want to discuss this directly with your physician, but one possible explanation was that you were noted to have one shoulder higher than the other prompting an X-ray of the spine in which you were then found to have scoliosis. In general, if the scoliosis is larger than 45-50 degrees, they will tend to relentlessly progress and surgery is recommended.
Last updated Apr 22, 2016

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