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How much will I be able to grow after scoliosis surgery?

How much will I be able to grow after scoliosis surgery?

Depends: It really depends on your age and the number of segments that are fused. If you are nearly skeletally mature you may actually be taller after the spine is straightened. ...Read more

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I have congenital scoliosis surgery question, any suggestions?

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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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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How much taller will scoliosis surgery make me?

Depends....: Surgery for scoliosis will indeed make you taller. Your expected increase in height will depend on the severity of the scoliosis. Your surgeon may be able to give you an estimate based on your available imaging studies. ...Read more

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How much would a scoliosis correction surgery cost?

Wide variations: The details of the extent of necessary correction and possible organ involvement and other issues would make big differences. Also, the area of the country and specifics about the hospital and surgeon's policies and any coverage you might be entitled to. In my opinion, it's too wide a range to even guess. Ask local providers and hospitals. Best! ...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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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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How much does it cost for surgery of the spine(scoliosis)?

It varies: It varies quite a bit depending on the approach, the number of bones being fused, the amount of implants needed, the length of the procedure, the need for intensive care, the length of hospitalization and rehabilitation. Your spine specialist should be able to give you an estimate, taking into account your specific curve and proposed options. ...Read more

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What happens in scoliosis surgery?

What happens in scoliosis surgery?

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 more

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Who qualifies for scoliosis surgery?

Who qualifies for scoliosis surgery?

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

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What to do if I have scoliosis surgery?

Be compliant: There are a variety of surgical procedures we do on patients with scoliosis and so what to do after scoliosis surgery varies tremendously. You would certainly want to discuss this with your surgeon and be compliant with his postoperative protocol. Thank you. ...Read more

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What can I expect from scoliosis surgery?

What can I expect from scoliosis surgery?

Varies: It varies based upon the surgical technique used. You would definitely want to make sure you have your questions answered by your surgeon before you have your surgery. Thank you for your question. ...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 often does scoliosis surgery go wrong?

How often does scoliosis surgery go wrong?

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

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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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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 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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What can you tell me about scoliosis surgery?

What can you tell me about scoliosis surgery?

Varies: You definitely would want to have this conversation with your surgeon as surgery for scoliosis varies quite a bit based upon several factors. But in general in the properly selected patient, surgery can be highly successful and well tolerated. ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a scoliosis surgery like?

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

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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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