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Is it true that i'll shrink in height as part of my discs will be removed?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Perhaps: If you are having a diskectomy without anything else, you may lose a fraction of an inch, not enough to notice. If a fusion is done or deformity is corrected (as in scoliosis correction), you may actually get a gain in height (which may or may not be noticeable.
Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
No: We all lose 2 iches with age as our disc collapse there is no height loss with disc removal you would notice.

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