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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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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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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 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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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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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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Could laser surgery for scoliosis correct the spine curve?

No: Laser surgery has some great benefits for specific populations, but it will not change scoliosis. It might be able to ease some pain if you are having it, but will not correct the curvature. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for a severe case of scoliosis, besides surgery?

Is there a cure for a severe case of scoliosis, besides surgery?

Probably not: If you truly have a structural scoliosis and it is greater than 45 degrees, only surgery can correct it. All that being said, I have seen patients who have been told they have severe scoliosis and do not, or they may have a non structural cause that is inherits fly treatable. For example, a person with a leg length discrepancy can have a non structural curve treated by a shoe lift. Thank you. ...Read more

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Is there an alternate way to correct scoliosis without surgery like yoga?

Is there an alternate way to correct scoliosis without surgery like yoga?

Symptoms: There are many causes of scoliosis based on the age at presentation. The curvature magnitude can only be corrected by bracing or surgery. However, in adults, physicians mainly focus on controlling symptoms from pain or nerve root irritation. ...Read more

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