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How serious or dangerous is the surgery to correct scoliosis?

How serious or dangerous is the surgery to correct scoliosis?

Major surgery: Scoliosis is major surgery. In experienced hands it is safe, but all surgery has risks. Depending on your age, health, curve location and severity, the risks can include bleeding that requires transfusion, infection, nerve damage (weakness, numbness), residual or new deformity, implant failure, medical problems, even death. Talk to your doctor about your situation. Consider a second opinion. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Hellman
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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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How dangerous to an 18-month-old is the surgery to fix the arnold-chiari malformation?

How dangerous to an 18-month-old is the surgery to fix the arnold-chiari malformation?

Safe if experienced: As a general rule, such surgeries should be done in major medical centers or in designated childrens hospitals by neurosurgeons who specialize in pediatric neurosurgery. Under those circumstances, the surgeries are as safe as they can be made and almost always better than not repairing the malformation. ...Read more

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Is it possible to cure a severe case of scoliosis without surgery?

Is it possible to cure a severe case of scoliosis without surgery?

Only if: Only if the scoliosis is still flexible and due to another reason that is forcing the spine to bend, ie muscular spasm being generated by another issue like a kidney stone. If it is a type of scoliosis known as congenital or idiopathic, the answer is no. ...Read more

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Can glaucoma be cured via surgery. How much does it cost? What is the best hospital to get this surgery done?

Can glaucoma be cured via surgery. How much does it cost? What is the best hospital to get this surgery done?

Yes: There are many different surgical treatments for glaucoma: SLT laser, trabeculectomy, shunt, MIGS, endocyclophotocoagulation, trabeculotomy, and others. Each has its own price range. There are many good general ophthalmologists and glaucoma supspecialists available. You need to make an appointment with one to discuss your options to determine what is best for you. ...Read more

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If scoliosis is not that serious, what is the treatment needed to be back from normal?

Therapy helps.: For patients with mild scoliosis, physical therapy or chiropractic care can be very beneficial by improving core strength. ...Read more

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How dangerous is the surgery for achalasia?

How dangerous is the surgery for achalasia?

Quite safe: Provided you seek an experienced surgeon. There are always risks with any surgery, but a laparoscopic myotomy is quite safe. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is possible to correct congenital scoliosis thru minimally invasive method?

Please explain if it is possible to correct congenital scoliosis thru minimally invasive method?

This depends how: Severe the scoliosis is. If it is mild, postural and bracing can help correct it slightly. However, if it is advanced, there is not much that can be done with minimally invasive procedures. ...Read more

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How dangerous is it to remove a congenital cataract?

How dangerous is it to remove a congenital cataract?

Depends : It depends on the age of the patient. If its a child then it needs pediatric ophthalmologist who does cataract surgery. If its adult an experience cataract surgeon should be able to take care of it safely. Sometime depends on the kind of cataract, the surgery can be challenging but it could be done. ...Read more

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70 degrees kyphosis What's the risk and complications of correct surgery? And if the kyphosis don't get worsen is it need surgery?

70 degrees kyphosis
What's the risk and complications of correct surgery?
And if the kyphosis don't get worsen is it need surgery?

Recommendation : If you really have 70 degree of kyphosis at age of 19 years you better go to surgery. It can prevent lung and heart problems in your future. Risk of complications still less significant than risk of development other problems : lung , heart, vascular. ...Read more

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Can you correct scoliosis that is from an injury?

Can you correct scoliosis that is from an injury?

Possibly.: This is dependent on the injury. You should see a good spinal surgeon for an opinion. ...Read more

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What is the latest way to correct or treat severe mvr without surgery

What is the latest way to correct or treat severe mvr without surgery

Less invasive way: Mitral valve replacement is being done through small groin incisions (percutaneously) in specialized centers around the country. This is not suitable for everyone, but it is something to discuss with your cardiologist. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me if scoliosis surgery is worth the risks?

Can someone tell me if scoliosis surgery is worth the risks?

No: A surgeon can tell you the risks and benefits of a certain procedure, but only you can then decide whether you feel it is "worth it" to proceed. That is the whole idea behind an informed consent discussion, which empowers the patient to decide if they would like to proceed with the surgical procedure. ...Read more

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How can you cure a severe case of scoliosis without surgery?

You don't: Severe scoliosis, more than 40 degrees, is best treated surgically, and that's coming from a non-surgeon. However, there is the schroth method which is a form of spinal stabilization and postural restraining. Some of my patients have benefitted from it, but their scoliosis was less than 35 degrees. There haven't been any good studies showing benefit of chiropractic treatmer. ...Read more

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How common or rare is it to do a hypospadias repair surgery in an adult?

How common or rare is it to do a hypospadias repair surgery in an adult?

Not very common: Some parents, in my opinion incorrectly, decide to postpone repair until boy is a young adult. These boys are usually full of anger and wish they had been repaired as babies. Some adults have come from countries without hypospadias surgeons. Parents of some children are advised against any surgery because defect thought to be too minor, may request repair as adults. 5% of my patients are adults. ...Read more

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What does " there is some minimal cystic change in the lunate" mean as stated by an mri. How serious is it and what can be done ? From weightlifting.

What does  " there is some minimal cystic change in the lunate" mean as stated by an mri. How serious is it and what can be done ? From weightlifting.

Mild arthritis: Cystic changes can be incidental, or the beginning of the develpoment of a ganglion cyst. Unless there is severe pain, this is usually nothing to be worried about. ...Read more

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Is surgery the only way to treat a malignant thyroid nodule? Also how long would this operation take?

Is surgery the only way to treat a malignant thyroid nodule? Also how long would this operation take?

yes: Surgery is the treatment for thyroid cancer. How long the surgery take depends on the experience of the sugeon and the extent of the disease. ...Read more

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I have a significant scoliosis. What is the best breast radiation treatment to avoid damaging the lungs?

Does not apply: This question deals with radiation oncology as far as i can tell based on the term 'radiation treatment'. This is best asked to a radiation oncologist. If you are asking for how to assess scoliosis and minimize radiation to the lungs then a radiographic (x-ray) scoliosis series is best. ...Read more

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How safe is the surgery to fix a chiari malformation?

How safe is the surgery to fix a chiari malformation?

Moderately risky: Chiari decompression surgery is considered moderate risk surgery. In other words, its not like having your appendix or hernia repaired but its also not like having a complex brain tumor or aneurysm worked on either. The major risks of this surgery are severe (sometime chronic) neck pain, bleeding, infection, and a small risk of spinal fluid leak. The more scary risks (stroke) are very rare. ...Read more

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