Sunday, December 9, 2007

Hey Clinic Surgery Nov 29 2007: 14 yo young man with R thoracic idiopathic scoliosis 56 degrees

A couple weeks ago we helped a nice young man who had a 55 degree scoliosis when initially diagnosed with scoliosis.  He is a very muscular, athletic young man, which in part hid some of his curve, but does emphasize again the importance of scoliosis screenings.  Parents and children/adolescents are often a bit upset when they are surprised with a big curve on initial evaluation that needs surgery.
This young gentleman did just great.
His surgical time was 3 hrs 15 minutes.
No blood transfusions, cell saver only.
Was able to stay on regular scoliosis/orthopedic floor with his parents the first and second night without ICU stay.
Went home after 2 nights in the hospital.
His curve was stiff, but we were still able to get good correction.
He will be going back to school soon.
He showered when he got home from hospital.

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

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