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How long does it take to recover from scoliosis surgery?

How long does it take to recover from scoliosis surgery?

3 months to 1 year: There are multiple types of scoliosis. Recovery depends on your age, the location of the surgery, the number of levels fused, your bone quality, and the type of surgery. This question should be discussed with your surgeon as the answer varies quite a bit depending on the exact cause of the scoliosis, many patient factors, and the type of surgery performed. ...Read more

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Abnormal Curvature Of The Spine (Definition)

Abnormal curvature of the spine is a symptom in which a person's spine has sideways curvature (either to the left or to the right), or has too little or too much curvature in the front-back direction. Normal front-back spine curvatures exist in the neck, the chest, the lower back, ...Read more


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For how long does it take to recover from scoliosis surgery?

For how long does it take to recover from scoliosis surgery?

Depends on surgery..: Discuss with your orthopedic surgeon this question. The answer will vary depending on exactly what needs to be done in your case and if there are any complications that may extend the recovery time. Also your general health can influence recovery time for many surgical procedures. Not all cases of scoliosis require surgery. If concerned, a 2nd opinion re: treatment is never a bad idea. Good luck. ...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?

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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 much time does it take to recover from scoliosis surgery?

How much time does it take to recover from scoliosis surgery?

Varies with surgery: Recovery time required after scoliosis surgery will vary from patient to patient and type of operation conducted.Multi-level spinal fusion is most common type of surgery used to correct the severe curvature associated with scoliosis. In some cases, however, adults with idiopathic or degenerative scoliosis might be able to have their condition altered with less invasive surgery.Have to ask surgeon ...Read more

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How long to recover from scoliosis surgery?

Generally months: Since this involves a fusion, it takes months to up to one year for a fusion to fully heal. Your activity level will increase over this time as guided by your surgeon. ...Read more

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How long does it take to have scoliosis back surgery?

Depends on severity: The procedure can take anywhere from 3 or 4 hours, to much longer. It depends on the severity of the curve, how many segments need to be fused, and if there are any congenital anomalies that need to be addressed (ie. Hemivertebrae). ...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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What type of surgery is involved for a person with severe scoliosis and how long is the recovery.

What type of surgery is involved for a person with severe scoliosis and how long is the recovery.

Neurosurg/ortho: The answer depends a lot on whether nerves/spinal cord are affected or not and how you mean "severe" (major deformity versus major pain). Talk to a neurosurgeon or/and ortho spine specialist to get the names of potential surgical procedures for your situation and then study them on the net. ...Read more

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