Monday, February 2, 2009

47 yo w collapsing lumbar scoliosis fixed this morning.

This morning we helped a 47 yo young lady w collapsing scoliosis. She probably had asymptomatic curve as adolescence, but then in past 5 to 10 yrs, degeneration led to curve progression, obvious visible posture problems, and pain.
Her surgery went very well today.
Levels fused: T11-Iliac wing (9 levels)
Osteotomies: 3.
Surgical time: 4 hours
Est Blood Loss: (EBL): 850 cc.
Cell saver 375 cc.
Blood transfused: none.
Complications: none.
Correction: 35.6 to close to zero (95 per cent).
Lordosis: Excellent
Postop location: PACU --- to private ortho room.
It was a blessing that she got this fixed while she was younger and her curve was more flexible. Some people are naturally more flexible than others.

I think she will really enjoy her new shape!

I'm the patient's husband and have just finished meeting with Dr. Hey. We've reviewed the films and the "before-and-after" comparison of the correction is just amazing! The result is a straight in one plane and naturally curved in the other. It is wonderful and we'll be so happy with the result! Thanks to Dr. Hey and the Hey Clinic.

Dr. Lloyd Hey
Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery
Raleigh, NC. USA

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