Monday, September 1, 2014

Another interesting and busy week caring for kids, adolescents and adults with spinal deformity, spondylolysis, and spondlylolisthesis

All of us at Hey Clinic are catching our breath this holiday weekend after a good, but very busy weeek in the clinic and at the hospital caring for children as young as 4 years old, up through tons of teens with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, and adults with old adolescent scoliosis deformity now concerned about increasing curves and/or quality of life issues.  Many folks got good news that their curves were small and / or have not progressed, while others learned that their curve had become quite large due to growth or degenerative collapse.  We heard from many of ALL ages worried about long-term consequences of their deformity on their posture, pain, quality of life, future pregnancies, need for future back surgery, and its affect on sports and exercise.

Mom of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis teenage girl shares before and after pictures from her surgery with us at Hey Clinic

16 yo young man 6 weeks postop from Scheuermmann's kyphosis surgery and his mom share their story on improved posture, quality of life and 2-3 inches of new height!!

Here's a sample of some of the folks we saw in last week or so back for follow-up telling their stories, which can be also found on our YouTube Hey Clinic channel, with their permission to share these stories with all of you!  

Our annual SRS meeeting ( is coming up this coming month, and as Chairman of the Adult Deformity Committee, there is a bunch still to be done, working on some presentations, publications and reports.  I always enjoy this meeting though -- always plenty to learn and share with scoliosis colleagues from literally around the world!

14 yo returns to soccer during first few weeks and months after scoliosis surgery.  Patient and family share their thanksgivings, appreciating care at Hey Clinic and Duke Raleigh Hospital

We made some improvements to our website and Hey Clinic information systems this week, including a new "Rapid Appointment Request" button at top of the home page, which is really helping patients, families and referring doctors to connect with us.

Matthew, postop from severe Scheuermann's kyphosis correction shares about going back to school, including some college classes after his surgery with us at Hey Clinic

Have a good weekend.  Dr. Lloyd Hey, Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery

47 yo shares about her adolescent scoliosis which then collapsed as adult, which we fixed for her, and how Hey Clinic helped her to quit smoking, which was key to her successful surgery.

John had a severe kyphoscoliosis due to an old spinal fracture, which collapsed.  He was also grossly overweight, but with some Hey Clinic coaching on proper diet and preop exercise, he lost over 80 lbs, which made him a much better surgical candidate, but also made his recovery much easier.  His life is completely changed now, and he is starting as a French teacher this fall -- a long-term dream.

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