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Is There An Alternate Way To Correct Scoliosis Without Surgery Like Yoga
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am a 22 year old healthy women. I had back surgery dons to correct scoliosis in 2011. There has been constant pain every since. What to do?
Hard to answer: The pain after surgery varies significantly among people. Factors include age at surgery, magnitude of surgery, pre-op pain status, co-morbidiites, etc. Some patients go home without taking any pain medication at all although that is not the norm. Most people need some narcotic pain meds for a few weeks post-op. ...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
It depends: It depends. Small curvatures do not need surgery, or even any treatment at all. Curvatures over 45-50 degrees will usually tend to relentlessly progress, potentially leading to even heart and lung problems. Surgery is the only way to really change this natural history in traditional medicine. Thank you for the question. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a scoliosis at 45 degrees to the right and i need to ask : can I get healed like a normal person without a surgery? Im afraid i cant
What to do if i had to have a spinal fusion surgery for scoliosis and i think it has failed any way to tell?
Yes: If rods have broken, screws broken, and your are having pain. Also, progressive loss of correction are signs that the bone has not healed. I reiterate, pain would be my indication of failure or progressive recurrence of deformity. So are you leaning more, stooping forward? These are signs of failure of the fusion. ...Read more
Possibly: Justlike the rib hump on the back this can be part of the rotational deformity in scoliosis we are better at treating other parts of the deformity than rotation but getting better so just like the rib hump some improvement can be expected but usually incomplete resolution as the rule surgery is done to prevent progressive deformity not done for pain or cosmetics as primary goal generally. ...Read more
Yoga is helpful: Anyone who has a spinal problem with benefit from exercise, especially exercises that strengthen your core muscles. Yoga is one example of an exercise that builds core strength. It will not correct or alter your scoliosis in any way, but is very helpful for reduction in back pain that may accompany scoliosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not in this space : Not in this space limited area. However, there are several great websites such as spineuniverse.Com or spinehealth.Com or medical society websites like the north american spine society or the scoliosis research society that will have multiple resources that you can review. I'm sure you can even find a video online of a typical surgery but there are several different types that may be done. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It varies: It varies in part on the nature of the curve and the type of surgery being done. Traditional scoliosis surgeries done for structural purposes alone are not traditionally done unless curves are over 45-50 degrees because curves less than that are not thought to progress or cause an increased risk of problems. Thank you for your question. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: Curves less than 45 degrees in a 21 year old do not necessarily need any treatment at all as they tend to not progress once someone finishes their growth. If any treatment done at all, it usually centers on treating symptoms that can stem from scoliosis. Curves greater than 45 degrees do tend to continually progress, even in the adult patient; although the speed of progression varies. ...Read more
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