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What Will My Activity Restrictions Be After Scoliosis Surgery
Post surgery: This should be explained to you in detail by your surgeon and the staff. ...Read more
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 more
Could this surgery cause any restrictions in vigorous physical activities later. How long it will take to rectify it?
After Cataract Surg: After Small Incision Cataract Surgery, most eyeMD still recommend no bending, lifting heavy things, straining for at least 3-5 days with shield on at night time/when sleeping; no swimming with eyes open under water as well. If you had an ECCE, most extend this to 7-10days depending if there is no wound leak at the suture site. Your MD should be able to tell you when you can lift these restrictions ...Read more
16 y/o female. I recently had surgery for scoliosis. For the past few days I have had a pain around my right ribs. Hurts more when I lay down.?
Body is adjusting: How recently was the surgery. If it was in the past several months this may be the muscle structure around the ribs that are adjusting to the new realignment of your spine after surgery. Our bodies are designed to keep our eyes in a horizontal position. Any changes to the curvature of the spine will cause adjustments to be made at multiple levels and may cause compensatory soreness or pain. ...Read more
Varies: There are a number of different types of 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 more
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
Several things...: Surgery for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis usually involves fusion of the curved parts of the spine with screws and rods. You can expect pain for a few days after surgery. You will have improved appearance with a straighter spine and improved posture. Surgery for adult scoliosis will results in less back pain and decreased pain radiating into the lower extremities. ...Read more
Depends: Scoliosis surgery is traditionally performed by orthopedic surgeons. The decision whether or not to pursue surgery for scoliosis is based on multiple factors, including the size of the curve. I would encourage you to make an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon and discuss the options for treating your case. Thank you for the question. ...Read more
Walk for exercise: If you have already had surgery for your scoliosis then you should discuss recovery with your surgeon. Generally, walking is the best exercise immediately after surgery progressing to pt and strengthening. Pain should subside over 3-4 weeks, possibly longer. Wean off your pain meds as soon as you can comfortably. Avoid nsaid's the first 6-12 weeks post-op. ...Read more
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
Surgery for symptoms: Scoliosis is an often benign curvature of the back. However, when the curvature is enough to cause chronic back pain that does not respond to medications or physical therapy, then you are looking at a constant problem that needs a physical (i.e. internal/invasive) solution. ...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 more
Depends: Exercise or activity after surgery is generally recommended to aid healing and speed the return to normalcy. However, specific types of exercise will depend on the type of surgery performed, the technique used, the type of incision, and extensiveness of the surgery, and many other factors. Only your surgeon can make the specific recommendation of the type, duration and intensity of your exercise. ...Read more
Varies: The general indication for scoliosis surgery in the adult patient is having a curvature over the 45-50 degree range. The rationale for surgery for these curves is that they will continue to slowly progress at 1-2degrees per year. Because it is a relatively slow rate, adults do have time to electively schedule their surgery, but should have it done before medical problems prohibit surgery. ...Read more
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
Many factors: Scoliosis surgery depends in part on how severe is progression of curvature. A child who has a severe spinal curve that is likely to progress, severe spinal curve that continues to progress even after bracing; age, skeletal age, and status of puberty. Location of the curve, very young child who has a severe spinal curve are few factors. Orthopedic surgeon has to consider all factors. ...Read more
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
Varies: There are several types of scoliosis surgeries, so I certainly would discuss with your surgeon. That being said, most scoliosis surgeries involve placing some form of instrumentation into the spine which is then used to straighten the spine and hold it in a corrected position until it heals. It is not a small surgery by any means, but in a young, healthy person they can do remarkably well. ...Read more
Scoliosis: Most of the time if curve is severe hardware needed. ...Read more
Not really, there: Are different types of scoliosis, with different ages of onset, different causes, & different progression rates/risks. During time when growth still remains surgical indications are different from surgical indications after bone growth has ceased. The former is mainly depends on curve magnitude, amount growth remaining. The latter is dependent on symptom-type & failure of non-surgical treatment. ...Read more
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
Get 2nd opinion: I'm assuming your talking about yourself (age 45 w/painful, degenerative type scoliosis...?)if so, I would seek a 2nd opinion before contemplating surgery. Yes, scoliosis surgery is a major surgery that has definite and serious risks and possible complications. Find a spine surgeon who is highly reccommended and possibly associated w/ the medical school in your area (on the faculty/ staff).Gl! ...Read more
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