Wednesday, November 7, 2012

11 yo young lady we straightened up today

This morning we straightened up this 11 yo girl, who just turned 11 within the past week!  Her double curve has been rapidly progressing, and she is in the midst of a very big growth spurt.  Fortunately she has gained enough trunk length that we were able to fix her with a definitive instrumentation and fusion, rather than having to use the growing rods or Shilla technique.   We did a special technique that allows us to get a really nice correction gently and safely.

Her surgery took about 3.5 hours, with a 300 cc blood loss, no blood transfused.  Her two "humps" are gone, and her X-Ray shows a very nice correction.  When I showed mom and dad the X-Ray after surgery, mom gave me a big hug, and dad a nice handshake.  A nice end to a great morning.  Patient was able to go to a regular pediatric bed tonight with her parents in the room with her.  No PICU needed!

In the afternoon, I did a revision scoliosis surgery on a 43 yo woman, who did very well.  Whew, now I am tired and ready for bed.  Two big surgeries for tomorrow including a cervical-thoracic kyphosis surgery.

Dr. Lloyd Hey
Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery

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