Thursday, June 25, 2009

18 yo lady w right adolescent idiopathic scoliosis fixed this morning

T5-T12 instrumentation and fusion
Surgical time 2 h 20 min
EBL: 450
Complications: none.
Correction: excellent
Blood transfused: none.

The lower curve, which was fairlly large preop corrected and derotated very well on bending films, allowing me to do shorter fusion.

Morning rounds this morning:
I asked young lady who had her surgery yesterday how bad her postop pain was compared to what she expected?  Her anwer: "Much less than expected. It feels like a muscle pull".
Our 11 yo scoli from Momday is doing great. He was playing his Game Boy resting comfortably on morning after his surgery. Today he was telling me what he plans to do when he grows up: "Help all the poor people in the world ant not be selfish". wow. And he means it.

Yesterday had intresting talk w one of my recent scoliosis surgery patients who is in her 20's and was braced for many years while she was growing. Her mom actually tried to put wedges and pads under her clothes to help make the scoliosis less noticable, but this attention. Ma have actually made the patient more self aware of her deformity. She's just so glad now to have her posture back to normal after surgery, especially after just recently getting married! 

Dr. Lloyd Hey
Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and spine Surgery

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