Date: Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 4:56 PM
Subject: Lacrosse Pictures
To: Dr. Hey
Here is a link to an older blog I wrote that included Justin's scoliosis surgery description and recovery: http://drlloydhey.blogspot.com/2013/01/hey-clinic-week-in-review-we-eat-sleep.html
Here is content from that January 2013 blog:
"This week I also saw Justin, and his mom. Justin is a teenage lacrosse player, who had a very severe upper thoracic congenital scoliosis with growing severe shoulder asymmetry. His preop X-Ray reminded me of a patient I got to help treat as Dr. John Hall's Chief Resident at Boston Children's years ago. I actually brought Justin's X-Rays to a Boston Children's Hospital Grice Lecture Conference, where I presented his case to Boston Children's Orthopaedics alumni --- many of which are leaders in the field now and/or Chairmen around the country and around the world. I got lots of different opinions on how to best help Justin, but everyone thought it would be hard....
Well, it was pretty hard, doing a upper thoracic osteotomy with congenital vertebral body hemivertebra excision, and complex instrumentation due to his quite mis-shapen vertebrae. He had one of the worst thoracic hypokyphosis deformities I had ever seen, requiring special instrumentation techniques to pull his chest wall "out" where it was sunken in toward the heart and lungs. He has done great postop, and is very pleased with his new posture and chest shape.
Justin is also an avid lacrosse player, and by doing a very strong construct, we were able to allow him to go back and play lacrosse starting back within a couple of months of his surgery, similar to Lexi who we treated from Baltimore. Justin's mom and dad were very concerned that Justin's Lacrosse would be OVER if he had his scoliosis fixed, and even considered waiting until he was in college to have his scoliosis fixed. They are not glad they had it done when he was still growing, and get it fixed when curve was smaller. "
Lloyd A. Hey, MD MS
Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery