Sunday, January 27, 2008

Hey Clinic Jan 22 Surgery: 17 yo Jillian with double curve scoliosis has corrective surgery with excellent correction

Jillian is a delightful, small-framed 17 yo girl with a severe double-curve scoliosis.
On Tuesday, I performed a T5-L4 spinal reconstruction for her.
Unlike 22 yo Ashley Monday, Jillian’s upper and lower curve were still nice and flexible.  Her ribs were also fairly flexible.
As a result, I was able to get a near 100% correction.
She has done very well postoperatively.
Her younger sister is very interested in medical things, and I think Jillian is a bit too, so I recorded portions of her surgery in High Definition (HD), with our new improved camera and sound system.
We also showed the HD video real-time on the big screen monitor in the operating room so the whole OR team could keep an eye on the surgical field.
As time permits, I will try to post some portions of that surgery video to the Blog, and YouTube.
Jillian did very well in the hospital, and went home Friday after 3 nights at Duke Raleigh Hospital with her family in a large private room.
She is at least an inch taller now that her scoliosis is corrected, and her posture looks just great.

Lookin’ good Jillian!

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

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