Thursday, November 29, 2012

15 yo young lady with 46 degree progressive painful thoracolumbar adolescent idiopathic scoliosis straightened up this morning

Olivia's surgery went very well this morning.  Estimated blood loss 350 cc, 115 cc returned with cell saver.  Correction really nice in both sagittal and coronal plane, with her preop "hump" now gone.

Surgical time was 3 hours and 10 minutes.
Evoked potential monitoring normal.

We have several postop scoliosis and other postop spine patients upstairs at Duke Raleigh Hospital, none currently at WakeMed Raleigh.  Olivia will go to a private orthpaedic room upstairs where there is a separate bed for mom or dad.  No ICU or PICU needed.

This afternoon we are helping a man who is losing the use of his arms and legs with severe cervical spinal stenosis.

Time to go talk to Olivia's parents and show them this X-Ray!  I think they will be happy.  Olivia told me she wanted to be "as straight as possible"!

Dr. Lloyd Hey
Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery
"Experience, Service, Compassion and Results".  --

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