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Can Scoliosis Surgery Stop You From Growing
Yes: Surgical treatment of scoliosis usually involves correction and fusion of the curvature which would halt growth in these segments of the spine. However, in a growing adolescent or child, a large portion of overall growth occurs at the growth zones in the legs and arms, which remain unaffected. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ask your surgeon: At the age of 40 you are dealing with an adult deformity, not adolescent scoliosis. You have to discuss with your surgeon what the aim of the proposed deformity surgery is. If you are concerned about the appearance of your pelican region discuss it and make the decision with your surgeon about what the surgery is designed to accomplish. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had scoliosis surgery 10 months and my body is still leaning and my left shoulder is sometimes lower than my right. When will this stop or go away?
Depending on how-: -severe the curve was, it is not always completely corrected. There R limits as 2 how much a fusion can correct. Also it sounds like U had surgery done past Ur growth ceasing. But talk 2 Ur surgeon about this. The image is of a young girl still growing,but hard 2 C on this image. ...Read more
Yes: It varies somewhat, but the general idea with scoliosis surgery is as follows. A form of instrumentation is implanted into the spine, the spine is then straightened out using the instrumentation, the instrumentation is then locked in this straightened position, and the spine is fused in this corrected position. Thank you for the question. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Curve size : There are multiple considerations and I would not hesitate to be seen. That being said, and purely from a structural perspective, curves less than 45 degrees do not progress in adulthood and in general do not cause problems; where as curves over 45 degrees continue to progress and surgery is recommended. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: There are a number of different types is scoliosis surgeries and so you would want to ask your doctor. But in general, the complication rate in an otherwise healthy patient is about 1-2 percent, and the likelihood of neurological injury less than one in a thousand. Again, more specific information would be based on the specific surgery planned and the specific patient. ...Read more
Major Surgery: It is an involved surgery that invasiveness and specific surgery performed depends on the magnitude of the scoliosis curvature(s), flexibility of the curve(s), location of the curve on the spine. Your surgeon will discuss the specific planned procedure for your scoliosis and inform you of the risks/benefits of the procedure recommended. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Several things...: Surgery for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis usually involves fusion of the curved parts of the spine with screws and rods. You can expect pain for a few days after surgery. You will have improved appearance with a straighter spine and improved posture. Surgery for adult scoliosis will results in less back pain and decreased pain radiating into the lower extremities. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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