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How Much Will I Be Able To Grow 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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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