Last night I received the life story below from one of my patients, Laurie, a 57 yo scoliosis patient of mine, that she wished to share with you. While her postoperative course was much rougher than the large majority of my patients (Less than 5% ICU stay, < 5% blood transfusion, Length of stay usually under 5 days, < 5% "feel hardware"), it is good to hear her story and how she eventually was able to return go a good quality of life, with good posture, pain relief, and also knowing that her curves are corrected and stabilized to support her for the rest of her life. Laurie specifically wrote this to share with all of you, and I hope it helps parents of children or adolescents / young adults with scoliosis to better understand why scoliosis evaluation, life-long follow-up, and treatment is so important for their child, but also for adult scoliosis patients to know that there is still hope for relief, though the surgeries are bigger, and recovery tougher than it is for our younger patients. Laurie's perseverance to continue to seek out second and third opinions for her scoliosis when she was initially told it was not fixable, or it was "too hard" is also a good lesson -- the Scoliosis Research Society website (http://www.srs.org) is a very good resource for finding good scoliosis surgeons in your region who may be able to help.
Enjoy her story, and thank you Laurie for sharing.
Lloyd A. Hey, MD MS - http://www.heyclinic.com Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery