This is where Dr. Hey shares his thoughts regarding recent patients he has cared for, scoliosis and kyphosis research and literature, and shares photos and case summaries to benefit patients, their families/ friends, and folks in healthcare. Dr. Hey was hit by a car at age 16, and spent 3 months in the hospital, with 11 surgeries. This experience changed his life, as he experienced God's compassion and healing through others, now encouraging others to "go and do likewise."
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Does Kyphosis Surgery Really Help Decrease Pain, Improve Posture and Improve Self-Esteem in Teenagers?
Ashley is a 17 yo young lady who had Scheuermann's kyphosis surgery with me back in May 2012, which was covered by a surgery blog post, and a follow-up note from Ashley's mom. Ashley's mom just emailed me a letter summarizing the difference the surgery has made in Ashley's life these past 9 months, and expresses her thanksgiving to the team at Hey Clinic and Duke Raleigh Hospital next door. Thank you Crystal for sharing your family's journey with all of us.
Dr. Lloyd Hey -- Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery http://www.heyclinic.com
February 17, 2013 Re: Ashley T________ Date of Surgery:
Scheuermann's kyphosis Surgery: T3-L3
instrumentation and fusion
Dear Dr. Hey,
Just wanted to drop you a note with an update on Ashley's
recovery. She's now almost 9
months post surgery and nearing the end of her senior year and very busy. Most amazingly, she's not had to take
even a Tylenol or ibuprofen for back pain this year. No more low back pain or neck pain at the end of a school
day as before.
She is so relieved to have this surgery behind her, and she
is really enjoying her new posture.
She comments from time to time that she can hardly believe it's
corrected. We are amazed at the
difference in the way clothing fits her.
Sitting on bleachers for sporting events used to really aggravate
her back as well as make her very self conscious about her hump-backed
appearance. She now does this with
no problems, and her posture is near perfect. Ashley's primary consideration for surgery, was increasing
discomfort, but as her parents, Johnny and I now know that it was affecting her
emotionally more than she was admitting.
We had all become quite used to Ashley's posture before surgery, and it
was only after surgery and witnessing the improvement that we realized just how
much of a deformity she had prior.
Since surgery, I have caught her in a full-length mirror just staring at
her back and posture and remarking that she can't believe it has been
Well, enough about us.
Let's turn the spotlight. Our
thankfulness to you, in addition to Leslie, the entire OR staff, your office
staff, and Duke Raleigh Hospital cannot be adequately put into words. Thank you, Dr. Hey, for allowing God to
use you in such a special way. He
has truly granted you great knowledge along with extraordinary skill as a
surgeon. From our first visit in
your office in 2008, we knew we had found the right physician for Ashley, and
we are forever grateful to you for your care and compassion. You always took
the time to answer our questions in great detail and we never felt rushed. Further, we were relieved to find that
you were not just surgery happy. From
our first call to your office back in 2008 to the calls after surgery, each
were handled professionally and timely.
I cannot close without commenting on Duke Raleigh
Hospital. Ashley's entire care
team was amazing. Their knowledge,
medical care, and compassion was unsurpassable. It was truly a humbling
experience. We can honestly say
that we did not have even the slightest issue with any part of her care. We never encountered a moody
personality, a lazy spirit, a rushed demeanor, or a pass the buck to the next
shift attitude. The staff was both
professional and personable.
Please accept our apologies for this long overdue note. The link to my blog for Ashley's
surgery is http://www.ashleyskyphosisjourney.blogspot.com. I really did intend to document more, but days pass so
fast. Still, I think it will
provide future patients some good insight.
One last note…I noticed the post you wrote about holding clinic out in the garden at Duke Raleigh.
That garden holds a very special place in our hearts, too. On May 31st during Ashley's surgery,
Nurse Kelly had just telephoned with an update that the osteotomies were
beginning. The updates were so
appreciated. An hour can literally seem like a day when you are waiting for
news of your child's progress while undergoing surgery. There is a very odd (for lack of a
better word) feeling that comes upon a parent when they are told, "About
half the screws are in place," or "the osteotomies are
beginning." Perhaps we had
done too much research and knew too much detail about what all this meant and
what actually was taking place in our daughter's body. When Johnny received the call about the
osteotomies, I could sense his heart was weeping on the inside. He asked to be excused from family and
took my hand and we walked out to the Duke Raleigh garden and there under the
arbor, Johnny and I emptied our hearts out to God. We were emotionally deplete. There was absolutely nothing we could do for our baby girl
but pray, and pray we did. God met
us there in that garden in the darkest hours of our lives. So, when you talk about the garden
being a special place, we too can attest to that. I couldn't help but think about Jesus' prayer in the garden
before His betrayal. After Ashley's six week followup appointment, we revisited
the garden, only this time Ashley walked with us as vibrant as ever before, and
there in the same spot, we as a family prayed and thanked God for his
extravagant mercy and grace upon our lives.
Dr. Hey, our prayer is that God will continue to strengthen
you and use your talents to impact the lives of others. May you and your family be blessed for
the sacrifices we know both you and they must make for this to be
possible. We thank you from the
bottom of our hearts!