Thursday, July 30, 2009

Degenerative scoliosis and severe stenosis in gentleman sp 3 previous laminectomies years ago now unable to walk or lie down fixed tonight

L3-iliac iliac wing instrumentation and fusion with complex 3 level revision laminectomy.
Surgical time: 3 hrs 10 min.
EBL: 1200 cc.
Cell saver return:  370 cc.

I was able to jack open nerve holes that were being crushed from the spin collapse.

Many thanks to Jenny my PA who stayed overtime t help this man who was really suffering. Many thanks to the Hey Clinic staff and hospital staff as well as Dr. Hardison who sent him to us.

Dr. Lloyd Hey
Hey Clinic

Junctional kyphosis and stenosis above previous fusion fixed today

Was very unstable at thae thoracolumbar junction when I examined spine during surgery. That hurts!
Surgery went well, w osteotomy, and extension instrumentation and fusion. Should walk and stand much better now.

Dr. Lloyd Hey
Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery

Picture of me doing scoliosis surgery using new curve correction technique with the team.

I just can't stop learning and developing better solutions for spine surgery and information systems. It's my hobby and passion.

Here is picture of me using a new scoliosis correction technique this morning. The results were excellent.

Dr. Lloyd Hey

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

This morning's surgery.

Did 2 surgeries yesterday including 2 level ACDF and lumbar scoliosis and spinal stenosis repair.

This morning we fixed this severe lumbar spinal stenosis w flat back, spondylolisthesis. He could barely walk w severe pain and spinal claudication.
Surgery: L1-iliac wing instrumentation and fusion w L1-5 laminectomy.
Surgical time: 3 hour 2 min.
Complications: small dural tear, repaired. EBL: 1500 cc
Cell saver returned: 840 cc

Other notes:
I sent off email invitation to President Obama to have breakfast tomorrow or thursday here at hospital and to come to our weekly quality and care conference.
Have not heard back yet. He will be here in Raleigh wednesday discussing heralthcare reform.

Dr. Lloyd Hey
Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery

Friday, July 24, 2009

some pictures for you!

 We give you permission to use these pictures...she is laughing really hard and all smiles, eating pizza and just back to her little fun self...We are post op 4. God is so good:) PS we talked to Jasmin and she talked to Madison for a while and it is neat to hear them relate to each other and what they are going through...

Subject: X-Ray for Grandma to see scoliosis fixed today
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2009 11:04:38 -0400

Hey mom this is Maddie's back

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10 yo girl w 45 degree doube curve scoliosis (AIS) fixed today.

T5-L3 instrumentation and fusion.
Surgical time: 2 hour 30 min
EBL: 600 cc
Blood transfused: none.
Complications:  none.

K's family wanted to thank Hey Clinic staff for making special arrangements to squeeze in her surgery this day.

Dr. Lloyd Hey
Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Kyphosis hump reduced down to normal kyphosis at end of surgery in 15 yo adolescent young lady w 67 degree preop kyphosis

Surgical time: 3 hour 08 min.
Complications: none.
EBL 600 cc.
Blood transfused:  none

Dr. Lloyd Hey
Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery

Kyphosis hump in 15 yo visible even under general anesthesia in prone position

Dr. Lloyd Hey
Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine surgery

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

"MC" 12 yo young lady about 48 hours after adolescent scoliosis (AIS) surgery walking the halls and now taller than mom!

On my evening rounds, I umped into MC outside Pat's room. MC had severe back pain w progressive scoliosis and had surgery Monday. Her rib hump is gone, shoulders level  and her back feels better already.
MC and her family have befriended our scoliosis family who just had surgery, encouraging them!  We have 5 scoliosis guests up on the Duke Raleigh Orthopedic floor right now, w 2 more coming in tomorrow and Friday. These families hang out in large private rooms, and often get to meet and support each other.
MC will be heading home tomorrow morning after 3 nights in hospital. 

Take care MC!  Get well soon!

Dr. Lloyd Hey
Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery

Pat from South Florida w her mom and Dr. Hey standing up straight and tall a few days after major scoliosis surgery.

Pat looked great this evening and actually climbed stairs and walked up and down the hall w minimal assistance after lajor T5-iliac wing scoliosis reconstruction surgery. .
She will be flying home on her friend's private jet back to Miami area.   It is always good to have friends w private jets!  Many thanks for giving her a lift. :)
You look great Pat!!

Dr. Lloyd Hey
Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery

L45 spondylolisthesis w severe spinal stenosis fixed this afternoon

L45 decompression laminectomy and instrumentation w fusion.
No complications.
EBL 100 cc.

Dr. Lloyd Hey
Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery

11 yo from Jacksonville, FL w 65/54 deg double curve scoliosis fixed this morning

T4-L3 instrumentation and fusion. Surgical time: 3 hour 58 minutes.
Complications: none.
Blood transfused: none.
Postop planned location: orthopedic private room w family (no ICU).
Correction: excellent.

Our 12 yo scoliosis guest from Monday is doing well this morning, but I got in trouble w our Blogger and Facebook fans for not doing my own story to go w the photo from surgery. I had mom do quick note to guest's grandmother on my blackberry!  More Blog to follow.

Dr. Lloyd Hey
Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

55 yo w severe double curve scoliosis fixed today

Surgical time: 4 hour 49 min.
EBL: 1100 cc
Blood transfused: one unit packed red blood cells.
Complications: none.
Correction: excellent.

Dr. Lloyd Hey
Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery

Monday, July 20, 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Where do Hey Clinic Guests Come From? Filling in the "Hole" for Arkansas!

Over the past 4 and a half years at Hey Clinic, we have had the privilege of caring for guests from all over, 70% of which travel from beyond the Triangle area where we work and live here in North Carolina. Recently Emily in my office updated our website, including our USA Map which shows where people have traveled from to be cared for at Hey Clinic (

Emily showed us the new web site this morning at our weekly Hey Clinic “Learning, Quality and Care Conference”, and was concerned that we had a “hole” in the middle of our USA map for Arkansas --- the only State in the middle and eastern USA where we have NOT had a guest!
So, if you are in Arkansas, and have scoliosis or kyphosis, we wanted to offer you a special welcome to Hey Clinic. We are only 18 minutes from RDU airport, and would be happy to get you a ride to and from the airport, so you can help fill in the “hole” in our map, while we also offer you service which is worth the trip!
I think we may start a new Hey Clinic tradition: have a special luncheon celebration at Hey Clinic whenever we have a guest from a new State or country. Of course we would offer up our traditional North Carolina Barbeque (or healthier salad if you prefer!) for you with our staff.

There are several other holes on the map further east as you can see, although Hawaii, as our furthest west State is covered.
Last month, we took care of JohnPaul and his family from the Philippines which is even further west! Alaska and Rhode Island I think is also still open.

Whether you are from Arkansas, or Alaska, or right next door here in Raleigh, NC, our whole team works very hard to serve all of our precious guests and their families with great care in the same way we would hope to be treated.

Many thanks to Emily who is doing a great job updating our website. We look forward to see how your creativity will be put to great use!!

Dr. Lloyd Hey
Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Vacation is definitely over: 5th scoliosis surgery this week, and it's wednesday morning!

This morning we just finished straghtening up this 17 yo young lady.
Yesterday did 2 big scoliosis surgeries: one thoracic double curve in adolescent, then a big double curve from south Florida in her mid 50's. That was a long day!

Also saw 1 yo boy yesterday w congenital scoliosis and kyphosis. Fortunately he should be ok, but you need to really keep an eye on congenital kyphosis, since it can lead to spinal cord problems w trouble walking,etc. Also saw 11 yo girl who had scoliosis actually improved 5 degrees since last xray a few months ago. Sometimes curves can actually improve, especially in the younger groups. I have actually seen kids "grow out" of their scoliosis! 

Dr. Lloyd Hey
Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Woman in severe pain w Degen scoliosis and lumbar stenosis after collapse w/ laminectomy years ago fixed today.

Surgical time: 3 hrs.
L1-iliac wing instrum and fusion. Revision L3-5 laminectomy.
EBL: 500 cc
Blood transfused none.

This woman has been in agony for over a year. Had laminectomy done yrs ago followed by years of ongoing arthritis and collapse.

Should do well now.
It's good to be back from vacation!

Dr. Lloyd Hey
Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Email I received today from mom of adolescent who had scoliosis surgery 3 weeks ago doing well with excellent new posture.

Dr. Hey,

I don't know if you're back from Italy yet, but I just wanted to give 
you an update on Abby.  Three weeks after surgery she is doing great!  
She is swimming and riding her bike and hanging out with friends just 
like she used to.  We really feel like God has granted her a 
miraculous recovery and we want to thank you for your hand in that!

I've posted some amazing before and after pictures on my blog.  Check 
them out--I can't quit staring at the difference!