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Doctor insights on: Scarring After Scoliosis Surgery

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Can the spine curve after having scoliosis surgery?

Can the spine curve after having scoliosis surgery?

Yes: It can deform or curve above or below the part of the spine treated (fused, made stiff). Less commonly, if the implants are removed (for some reason) the curve can worsen. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


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What problems can occur after Pyloric Stenosis Surgery 17 years after the surgery?

What problems can occur after Pyloric Stenosis Surgery 17 years after the surgery?

Scar, obstruction: Any surgery can leave scarring at the site : post-surgical narrowing would cause more of the same problem that the original stenosis caused, but would occur within a few weeks to months, very unlikely to cause issues 17 years later ! ...Read more

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How long before a scar heals after scar revision surgery?

How long before a scar heals after scar revision surgery?

Scars heal in a year: The healing process is pretty uniform for the first 6 to 12 weeks. After that there are ways to improve the appearance of a heal;ing scar. Pressue on the scar has been shown to decrease the risk of scars raising up above the normal skin. Medications can be injected into the scar and in severe scars/keloids, radiation is sometimes used. The scar is healed when it is no longer red in color. ...Read more

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How risky is a pregnancy years after scoliosis spinal fusion surgery?

How risky is a pregnancy years after scoliosis spinal fusion surgery?

It's not!: I am not aware of any significant contraindications to pregnancy or elevated risks due to a spinal fusion surgery. ...Read more

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Doctor recommended back exercises after spinal fusion surgery and rod removal?

Doctor recommended back exercises after spinal fusion surgery and rod removal?

Activity after fused: Given that rods were removed, i must assume that the fusion is solid. Therefore, there are really no restrictions for you in a solidly fused lumbar spine. Core exercises like pilates/piyo/yoga are great (your flexibility will be limited, obviously). Aerobic exercises as tolerated and continue to progress as tolerated. ...Read more

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I have a scar from surgery. Will cosmetic surgery improve it?

I have a scar from surgery. Will cosmetic surgery improve it?

Scar revision: Depending on the extent and depth of the scar kenalog (triamcinolone) injections can minimize the appearance of the scars. For more complicated scars, scar revision may be needed by an experienced plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Pain from spine surgery years after 3 failed back surgeries. I also have spinal stenosis, spinal fusions, fibromyalgia, severe scar tissue, bad hip?

Pain from spine surgery years after 3 failed back surgeries. I also have spinal stenosis, spinal fusions, fibromyalgia, severe scar tissue, bad hip?

Stimulator may help: If you're still having pain after your 3 failed spine surgeries you could benefit from a spinal cord stimulator. I have seen many people helped tremendously by this implantable device. Find someone reputable and they may be able to help. ...Read more

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Can I have laser correction after cataract surgery?

Can I have laser correction after cataract surgery?

Yes: With modern cataract surgery and techniques, laser vision correction is usually not necessary after cataract surgery. It is safe and possible to do it, however, and is sometimes necessary for fine tuning the results or treating astigmatism. ...Read more

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Does having laporoscopic cholecystectomy surgery create scars?

Does having laporoscopic cholecystectomy surgery create scars?

Yes: Small ones; all surgical procedures that involve cutting or puncturing of the skin result in scars. The appearance of the scar depends on many factors. Most heal 'well'. ...Read more

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Does excessive internal post-surgery scar tissue/adhesions reflect on surgeon's abilities? After a scalenectomy and rib resection for thoracic outlet.

Does excessive internal post-surgery scar tissue/adhesions reflect on surgeon's abilities? After a scalenectomy and rib resection for thoracic outlet.

Not typically.: Scar tissue/adhesions is a natural process that occurs as a result of any operation, no matter how skilled or novice a surgeon. It is a particular issue following surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome and can sometimes cause issues as bad or worse than the original reasons for having the surgery in the first place. Discuss with your surgeon on what steps can be taken to relieve your symptoms. ...Read more

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Is a pregnancy okay years after scoliosis spinal fusion surgery?

Delivery after scoli: Depends on the levels of your fusion. Presumably you were treated in adolescence. Most adolescent fusions stop around t12 or l1. Lumbar curves may require fusion to L4 or l5. Neither would narrow the birth canal. The lower fusion may predispose to some back pain during pregnancy due to loss of lumbar flexibility and inability to compensate for that baby out front. ...Read more

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Could laser surgery for scoliosis correct the spine curve?

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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How effective is radiation therapy in treating scar tissue after lumbar L5 fusion surgery?

How effective is radiation therapy in treating scar tissue after lumbar L5 fusion surgery?

Not effective: If you possess post-operative scarring with/without full blown arachnoiditis, this is a very challenging process to reverse, and irradiation not only will not help, but potentially could increase scarring. Avoid injections and surgery, contact pain management specialist. Also, you need to know that within a 5 year period of time, fusions may lead to arthritis above and below site. ...Read more

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Having scoliosis surgery and fusion to thoracolumbar spine to pelvis and l5/s1 decompression with multilevel osteotomies. What happens in surgery ?

Having scoliosis surgery and fusion to thoracolumbar spine to pelvis and l5/s1 decompression with multilevel osteotomies.  What happens in surgery ?

Lumbar scoliosis: Simple. Incision made in back to visualize spine to be fused. Length of incision appropriate for fusion. The facet joints are removed and the bone prepared for fusion. At l5-s1, facet and disk removed, and spacer placed into disk along with bone graft. Multiple laminectomy and facet excisions (osteotomy) to make spine more flexible. Rods/screws placed to maintain correction. Bone graft placed. ...Read more

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Can lower lid surgery be done after cataract removal?

Can lower lid surgery be done after cataract removal?

Yes: After you heal completely from your cataract surgery, you can have any other surgery. Be sure to get the clearance from your original cataract surgeon. ...Read more

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Can scar tissue be removed after having knee surgery?

Can scar tissue be removed after having knee surgery?

Yes: Adhesions can develop after a knee surgery which limit motion and can be removed (typically arthroscopically), however the reason for stiffness should be fully evaluated before considering this. Most common causes are malpositioned acl graft or inappropriate size or position of total knee components. If this is the case revision of the primary procedure is required. ...Read more

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Is tendon surgery for footdrop possible after several years (cause hip revision) ?

Is tendon surgery for footdrop possible after several years (cause hip revision) ?

Foot drop: Is a problem with the nerve that innervate a the foot. Treatment is usually a ankle foot brace known as an afo. ...Read more

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What health conditions threaten a successful recovery after scar revision & mole removal?

What health conditions threaten a successful recovery after scar revision & mole removal?

Immunosuppression: In addition to diabetics, patients who are immunocompromised (ie: hiv, organ transplants, chemotherapy for cancer, etc.) also have slower healing and increased risk of infection. ...Read more

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Unfused sternum after bypass surgery resulting in chronic pain two years after surgery...treatment options?

Unfused sternum after bypass surgery resulting in chronic pain two years after surgery...treatment options?

What did surgeon say: This is going to be a problem for you if not addressed, as even simple things like inhaling, sitting, or anything requiring your ribs to expand or contract is destabilized from not having your sternum connected (fused) from the CABG surgery/stenting. Have you spoken to your surgeon? That is a good place to start, so you can discuss options. Hard to replace Mother's Nature's own design. Start there ...Read more

Dr. Edward Hellman
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Abnormal Curvature Of The Spine (Definition)

Scoliosis is the term given for a curvature of the spine in the coronal plane that is ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Scoliosis (Definition)

A condition where patients have an abnormal curvature of ...Read more