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How Long Rods Remain After Scoliosis Surgery
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
depends: It depends in part on what you mean by active. We encourage our surgical patients to be as active as they can within certain activity restrictions as soon as possible after surgery. So, for example, a person can walk and do light activities as soon as they feel comfortable after surgery. However, for 8-12 weeks, they are restricted from doing any bending, heavy lifting, or twisting. Thank you. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Postop activity: That is a very personal decision you need to discuss with your surgeon. It also depends on type of surgery, number of levels fused, anterior or posterior, risk factors for osteoporosis or failed fusion. Generally, you're looking at 6 months for posterior surgeries. 3 months for anterior fusion. ...Read more
6 weeks: First and foremost you should talk to your surgeon regarding this matter. At the 2006 scoliosis reseach society per-meeting course, dr. John sarwark presented a chart for resuming activities following surgery and the recommendation for adults resuming sex was at 6 weeks. Again though you should check with your surgeon regarding his guidelines. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had lumbar fusion&scoliosis surgery on l3l4 and had to have another one , 1screw was hitting the nerve . How long will it take for my nerve to heal?
Dear Doctor. I have my scoliosis surgery late 2009. There is a long scar on my back. It was nothing and fine. However, it grew up the tissue.
Keloid???: are you forming a keloid? if you are a trip to a plastic surgeon will help you. there is different ways to minimize the scar. see a plastic surgeon ...Read more
Foot drop after successful scoliosis correction surgery. Still feels her feet. 16 year old. What is it? How long till it goes away and how?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had scoliosis surgery and have 2 rods in the top of my spine. This was 6 years ago. Could I skydive?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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