Tuesday, May 12, 2015

How quickly can my teenager get back to sports and even the prom after adolescent scoliosis surgery

Natalie, a 15 yo 6 weeks s/p T5-L2 instrumentation and fusion doing great, who wrote this in email on 5/4/15: 

"Turns out I danced the night away at prom and 5 weeks after my surgery I was able to get back on the field and pitch a whole game , hit, run , slide and do everything everyone else on the team could! Everyone was so shocked including myself , this would have never been able to happen without you! I've been back to playing softball and Thursday was my last game but I went out with a bang! I pitched the whole game, slid into the base, dove back to the base and even hit a home run!"

Natalie:  you go girl!!!    Lloyd A. Hey, MD MS  Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Robert in his 30's shares difference scoliosis surgery has had on quality of life and improved posture.

I saw Robert back at Hey Clinic this week for his one year postop visit after his scoliosis surgery with us.  He had scoliosis as a teenager, and was left with a residual deformity that actually progressed during his early adulthood. He did a lot of research over the years, and eventually decided to get it fixed now in his 30's.  He shares his story here in this YouTube, including his path through recovery, getting back to the gym with weight lifting,  and back to family life including carrying heavy car seats, and enjoying a better posture.

Lloyd A. Hey, MD MS -- http://www.heyclinic.com

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Playing Sports and Long-term outcome from Shilla Procedure and Definitive Instrumentation and Fusion for Janelle, Early Onset Scoliosis

Got this email from Janelle's dad earlier today.  6 yo Janelle had 120 degree early onset scoliosis we treated Dec 2010 with Shilla Technique  combined with anterior fusion (similar to growing rod), followed by postop followup, and 3 years later definitive instrumentation and fusion at age 9

Looking great Janelle!  
Dr. Lloyd Hey, 
Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery.  http://www.heyclinic.com.

Dr. Hey,
Good morning. Janelle just came home from her third soccer game this spring. She is doing great and having lots of fun. Her coach's daughter is another patient of yours-- Rachel.
Blessings to you and your family today.
Cort, Katrina, Janelle, Ethan, and Isaac
Picture is attached. :-)

(shared with family permission)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Adjacent Level Failure / Stenosis below Harrington Rod fusion. Finding patients who have had found hope and success and relief on Hey Clinic YouTube and Blog

I saw this this woman in her mid-50's from Virginia with her husband on Friday, who had a Harrington Rod fusion as a teenager, and now has progressive back and radiating thigh pain.  It even is painful to turn over when sleeping.  You can see from her CT myelogram that there is an extremely tight "pinch" or stenosis just below her Harrington rod, and that she also has flat back syndrome.

She is anxious about considering surgery, since she had a horrible experience as a teenager with surgery and a body cast for 9 months -- almost like a PTSD problem for her.

We are going to try some conservative treatments, but epidural injection already did not help, since stenosis is just so tight.  If the conservative treatment fails, there is hope for her with surgery, and we could even do it in a less invasive / minimally invasive way without having to go in through her abdomen either anteriorly or laterally.

She asked if she could talk to some of my previous Harrington rod extension fusion patients, and I seemed to remember we had several patients on our YouTube channel as a good next step.  As you can see from the long list, we have had a lot of experience helping not just children and adolescents, but many adults with scoliosis and kyphosis, including those needing revision extension work.  We also do have previous patients, who in certain cases we connect with our patients considering surgery, which is our "Surgery Buddy System."  But, our Blog, searching on keywords, as well as the YouTube channel is a great place to start.

Maybe some of these patient stories will help some of you as well?

Lloyd A. Hey, MD MS
Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery

Here are a few YouTube links for you:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1_TIjrnMeo    Crystal J, had Harrington Rod extension fusion.  Could be good buddy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RcIX7j8mXw  Cheryl R, in mid 40-'s.  Had Harrington Rod as teen, and then extension fusion.  Good possible buddy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcpM1oA3RQ8  Elizabeth was 55, had Harrington rod fusion as teen, then had extension fusion 5 weeks before video.  Good possible buddy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTXZxKRLkJc  Charlene J - had previous Harrington Rod surgery.  Might be a good "buddy"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWwv779T8zQ  -- Lisa  may be a good one for you to talk to.  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prOd5Ko6oaw   55 yo woman 6 weeks postop from thoracolumbar iliac wing fusion for severe scoliosis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZA9Py_pB5J0    Had flatback syndrome, fixed.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqZFkS3_FH8  Had severe flatback syndrome with old Harrington rod fusion, treated anterior/posterior
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLT2CPN2rZo  -- Patricia E -- also had severe scoliosis, but no Harrington rod.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9n2WPpaALU  -- Jeannette - from Wilmington, NC - also might be a good buddy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8O6pV8DmdVg  -- Connie a year postop -- doing well, training for half marathon.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqicY09vv5w   Pam - 60 yo- severe scoliosis, progressive.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsPEWJC4COg   Jeri from Franklin, NC 6 hours away, had a very severe scoliosis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhf5idBbvKQ  Elizabeth 1 year postop from severe scoliosis correction
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89DY8J_jMVE  One year postop, 47 yo with severe scoliosis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOPtR5VQAhY  John from Florida, 51, had severe kyphoscoliosis and obesity.  Now doing very well.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7P6J5t6Bmc    60 yo Andrea had severe scoliosis and very poor quality of life.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNESt4QCIk8   Elva had anterior/posterior extension fusion, and tells about her recovery
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR1iIthdUrI    Debbie had horrible preop pain, with severe scoliosis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Had-sWriicM  Andrea, 60yo had severe scoliosis, very poor quality of life

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuKdsL3fqSh-BWSGZS3NPEK07NpfmdxLY  Collection of adult surgeries at Hey Clinic

Here are some Blog posts about Harrington Rod extension fusions, just searching my blog for word "harrington"

Hope these resources help!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Should I consider having revision scoliosis / kyphosis surgery? 24 yo Stephanie shares her experience

I would like to first start off by saying Dr. and his team are absolutely amazing. I am 6 weeks post op from my spinal revision surgery. I had scoliosis correction surgery 6 years ago by a different surgeon. Both of my rods had broken and I was in intense pain. One of my rods was even poking through and you could see and feel it. It was horrible. My deformity was continually worsening as was my posture. The Scoliosis Specialist who had done my first surgery just loaded me up with muscle relaxers and pain meds and acted like I could just live with my broken rods. I knew I had to get a second opinion.
One Sunday afternoon I was researching scoliosis surgeons within North Carolina when I came across Dr. Hey's website. I read several reviews that told stories about how Dr. Hey had changed many of his patient's lives. I submitted a patient inquiry form on his website hoping to hear back soon. A couple hours later, Dr. Hey himself called me! I was absolutely shocked to say the least--a doctor called me on a Sunday afternoon?!?! He set up an appointment for me the very next morning (which happened to be Columbus Day--and I was off work).
When I met Dr. Hey I just knew I wanted him to do my surgery. He was so confident that not only could he take out my broken rods--but replace them with stronger rods that would give me a straight back and much better posture. I knew that Dr. Hey was an answer to prayer!
Once I was admitted for surgery Dr. Hey prayed with me and my family and continued to do so during my entire hospital stay. He made me and my family feel comfortable and confident that I was in good hands. The Duke Raleigh hospital staff was absolutely fantastic! I cannot even explain how attentive and sweet they were to me and my family. The care I received made me feel like I was the only patient in the whole hospital!
My experience with the Hey Clinic Team and the Duke Raleigh Hospital staff was incredible. I am now 2 inches taller, and I have a straight back. It is the most amazing feeling ever. I feel so much better than I did before my surgery! I would recommend Dr. Hey to anyone who needs spinal surgery. He is the best! - Steph D on Google.

Dr. Hey