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Are the rods used for scoliosis surgery more flexible than the harrington rod?

Are the rods used for scoliosis surgery more flexible than the harrington rod?

Variable: Modern scoliosis rods have different properties based on their thickness (cross sectional area) and their metallurgy (ie titanium is more flexible). Another important bit of knowledge about the implants are whether or not they are MRI safe. ...Read more

Dr. Edward Hellman
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Is what? They use now for scoliosis surgery more flexible then the old harrington rod?

Is what? They use now for scoliosis surgery more flexible then the old harrington rod?

Yes and no: The newer techniques include both anterior and posterior approaches combined to allow something called segmental fixation while placing screws in individual vertebrae and attaching them to a rod. It's not more flexible than harrington rods, it allows more attachment points and multiple more places to correct the curvature and relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. ...Read more

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Can surgery be used to treat congenital scoliosis in children? My child was born with congenital scoliosis. Can she have surgery to correct it, or does she have to wait until she's an adult? .

Can surgery be used to treat congenital scoliosis in children? My child was born with congenital scoliosis. Can she have surgery to correct it, or does she have to wait until she's an adult? .

Talk to MD: You have to find out wether the scoliosis is affecting the child. In severe cases scoliosis can cause pain and interfere with breathing. In minor cases it is detectable on examination, but is not interfering with the patient's lifestyle. If it is the latter case you may not need surgery at all. Talk to your md about options. ...Read more

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I have congenital scoliosis surgery question, any suggestions?

Yes: Yes you could see an orthopedic surgeon with a specialty for the treatment of scoliosis. Also, if you list your specific question on healthtap, I will try to look for it and answer it if I can. Thank you. ...Read more

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How soon after harrington rod removal surgery should someone lift 5lbs or more?

How soon after harrington rod removal surgery should someone lift 5lbs or more?

6weeks: Give the muscle a a chance to heal before using themcheck with your surgeon. ...Read more

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How soon after harrington rod removal surgery can someone start lifting things?

How soon after harrington rod removal surgery can someone start lifting things?

Ask your surgeon: I don't know why you had the rod removed.
If there was no problem with the rod, and you had a successful fusion, I'm not sure why the rod was removed.
Only your spine surgeon can answer this question correctly. Give him a call! ...Read more

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I have recently undergone harrington rod surgery and have found that a month after my rib sticks out on one side and is sore. Will this go away?

I have recently undergone harrington rod surgery and have found that a month after my rib sticks out on one side and is sore. Will this go away?

Probably: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Is scoliosis spinal surgery bad for your flexibility?

Fused not flexible: The reason for scoliosis surgery is to correct the deformity and/or prevent any worsening. To do this, a fusion is done which essentially stops any motion through those fused areas. However, flexibility in terms of bending can be maintained by keeping your leg and hip muscles flexible ...Read more

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Having a colonoscopy. Have veiny, stretchy skin, flexible fingers, had scoliosis surgery, and bad bladder. Should I check for EDS before colonoscopy?

Having a colonoscopy. Have veiny, stretchy skin, flexible fingers, had scoliosis surgery, and bad bladder. Should I check for EDS before colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy in EDS: Colonoscopy does carry a higher risk of perforation in EDS. Whether or not you need to diagnose it ahead of time really depends on why you're having the colonoscopy. If the procedure is urgent, you can proceed with the knowledge that EDS is a possibility, as long as the colonoscopist is aware. If it's an elective procedure, you may be able to delay until you know for sure. Good luck. ...Read more

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What kind of spinal rod is used for spine scoliosis?

What kind of spinal rod is used for spine scoliosis?

Varies: Most of the rods used for surgery in scoliosis are made of either titanium or an alloy such as cobalt-chrome. Typically two rods are used and they can be contoured to reproduce an anatomic sagittal and coronal alignment. As opposed to the older harrington rods that just principally used distraction for correction potentially causing a flat back. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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What kind of spinal rod is used for scoliosis?

Metal alloy: In scoliosis surgery the rod is typically made of a metal alloy. Most commonly used are titanium and stainless steel. More recently cobalt come alloys are becoming popular. ...Read more

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I had scoliosis surgery and have 2 rods in the top of my spine. This was 6 years ago. Could I skydive?

I had scoliosis surgery and have 2 rods in the top of my spine. This was 6 years ago. Could I skydive?

Better not: This is a high impact sport on your spine, as jogging and skiing for example, you may want to ask your spine surgeon, if you are in doubt, I wouldn't go for it if I were you, good luck ...Read more

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What kind of metal rod did doctors use for scoliosis surgery 20 years ago?

What kind of metal rod did doctors use for scoliosis surgery 20 years ago?

Several: There were several commercially avaiable brands mostly made of stainless steel with a beginning influx of other brands and metal choices like titanium. The early brands at the early 1990's were harrington, cd-cotrel dubousset, luque and tsrh or texas scottish right hospital system. ...Read more

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How long do you need to keep rods in your back after scoliosis surgery?

How long do you need to keep rods in your back after scoliosis surgery?

Until fusion1 year: Removal studies have shown no improvement in outcome they are not the cause of usualy removing them just adds to the muscle trauma they need to stay in until a solid fusion appears they can stay in for life for scoliosis removing threm was followed by loss of correction not advised. ...Read more

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Is it normal to still feel the rods in your back several months after scoliosis surgery?

It can be: You had a spine deformity corrected to some degree with a fusion done to hold the correction with the instrumentation holding and creating this correction until the fusion is complete. You are adjusting to this correction and surgery and it is normal to feel that way. Unless your are very skinny, the rods are usually not felt unless one breaks or becomes loose. ...Read more

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I have a back surgery that was done on 2008 due to an scoliosis problem I have rods. Is it ok if I do a sky jump with an instructor???

Better ask the surgn: The specifics of your general health and or how involved your case is is beyond the scope of an internet answer. You should ask your PCP and or the doc who handled the scoliosis surgery if this would be something you are free to do. Since there is a chance of an abrupt stop (crashing into ground at high speed), this may be something you and your rods should not do. ...Read more

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I had scoliosis surgery with a rod implanted in 1988. Is it ok to with infrared sauna therapy?

Yes: Infrared is just a way it generates the heat involved. It is not sending rays through your body, just to the local environment and any exposed skin. ...Read more

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Does having scoliosis surgery disqualify you for the u.S. Military?

Does having scoliosis surgery disqualify you for the u.S. Military?

See:: Http://usmilitary. About. Com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/spine. Htm ** "Any surgical fusion of spinal vertebrae (P81.0) is disqualifying."** disqualifying ...Read more

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Anyone had scoliosis surgery in adulthood?

Not many people have: Scoliosis surgery in adulthood is not common for obvious reason scoliosis is growing skeleton disease, some ignore that so they have problem in adulthood, and another reason some congenital scoliosis also could have surgery in this age. Traumatic scoliosis could happen in adulthood. ...Read more

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How bad is the pain after scoliosis surgery?

Not bad: Alot depend on the surgeopn and the amount of correction he can do as well as the location of the curvature. I have had multiple patient that had this surgey and all do well with less post operative problem than back surgery for other problems. ...Read more

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Is the surgery to correct scoliosis dangerous?

Is the surgery to correct scoliosis dangerous?

Potentially: Any surgery has its inherent risks and potential benefits. Spine surgery can be very beneficial but involves an area that is very delicate and vital to quality of life. Consult a treating surgeon with the expertise and communication skills to provide comprehensive education about all the risks and benefits for one's condition, to allow for an educated, informed decision about scoliosis surgery. ...Read more

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What happens during and after a scoliosis surgery?

What happens during and after a scoliosis surgery?

Improved curve...: Muscles and ligaments are dissected from length of spine; screws are placed into the spinal pedicles, and titanium rods are crosslinked to the screws, thereby straightening the curve. Recovery then takes about 4-5 days in hospital, verying time aft going hoem. ...Read more

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Can I have children if I have had scoliosis surgery?

Can I have children if I have had scoliosis surgery?

Need more info: Records from the primary care doctor, surgeon, any pt and other doctors plus operative notes and imaging reports or films need to be seen by a specialist in pregnancy (perinatologist or maternal-fetal medicine specialist). Input from a new spine surgeon might also be needed. Then a discussion between ob, mfm, spine doctor occurs along with consultation with family. ...Read more

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How are people cured from scoliosis without surgery?

How are people cured from scoliosis without surgery?

Various Ways: Non-surgical scoliosis correction relies upon maximizing spine posture in the upright position. Often, spine assumes a compensatory & non-fixed curve due to unequal leg lengths or pelvic girdle tilting. An heel lift can be used if one leg is shorter. Yoga, back exercises, swimming, and physical therapy are considerations to develop compensatory strength of back. Weight must be reduced if excess. ...Read more

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I have scoliosis and I want surgery please help. What should I do?

I have scoliosis and I want surgery please help. What should I do?

Idiopathic scoliosis: Idiopathic (spontaneous without a cause) scoliosis is not a painful condition. Back pain in scoliosis is similar to that of people with a straight spine unless lumbar curves exceed 30-50 degrees and thoracic curves exceed 50-70 degrees. Curve progression occurs with aging by about. 5 degree per year. It is not likely to "compress organs" or cause breathing, heart or neurologic probs unless severe. ...Read more

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Can the spine curve after having scoliosis surgery?

Yes: It can deform or curve above or below the part of the spine treated (fused, made stiff). Less commonly, if the implants are removed (for some reason) the curve can worsen. ...Read more

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