This is where Dr. Hey shares his thoughts regarding recent patients he has cared for, scoliosis and kyphosis research and literature, and shares photos and case summaries to benefit patients, their families/ friends, and folks in healthcare. Dr. Hey was hit by a car at age 16, and spent 3 months in the hospital, with 11 surgeries. This experience changed his life, as he experienced God's compassion and healing through others, now encouraging others to "go and do likewise."
Monday, October 7, 2013
Can I get a good correction of my scoliosis in my 50's? When does pain develop after adolescent scoliosis? Can I prevent bigger future surgeries fixing scoliosis surgery in younger years? Scoliosis Surgery Recovery
Pam shares on video at Hey Clinic this Friday her scoliosis journey since adolescence through adulthood as she developed progressive pain, and then shares her story of her decision for and recovery from scoliosis surgery.
This past week I have been interacting with several families with an adolescent with a thoracolumbar curve, and wondering about long-term consequences. I saw a very nice family from Charlotte, NC in particular who had a lot of excellent questions about potential surgery for their daughter, and have been in ongoing email communication with this girl's dad as they seek to do what is best for their daughter in the long run. Pam's story is one potential track that could hold for patients with adolescent scoliosis, especially with the lower thoracolumbar curve, which have a bigger effect on the lumbar spine with potential collapse and progressive degeneration and pain.
Over the weekend, I've been in email contact with a 33 yo woman from Houston Texas who shared her story of curve progression from the 30's now into the 40's with her thoracolumbar curve now after pregnancy, where surgery has been recommended. In her case, she could get her scoliosis repaired with possible fusion down to L3, sparing the lower lumbar area, realigning the loads on the low back before the bottom discs are badly damaged. As you can see in Pam's X-Ray above, I had to fuse across those levels, down to the iliac wing -- not the end of the world, but a bigger surgery, and possibly preventable if realigned earlier in life.
Enjoy Pam's video, and other video's on the TheHeyClinic YouTube Channel!
Dr. Lloyd Hey
Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery --- Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery