How can we care for scoliosis and kyphosis and spondylolisthesis better with conservative care like physical therapy, high-tech scoliosis braces, exercise and other techniques? What can be done to improve surgical care, and understand choices for surgery, learning from those around the world? How can we learn from aviation and from Deming's principles of "Standard Work" to constantly improve spine and all healthcare?
Monday, July 27, 2015
24 yo Stephanie tells her story: pain-free and enjoying new posture and life after revision adolescent idiopathic scoliosis surgery
After, and before revision scoliosis surgery with Dr. Lloyd Hey
I was originally diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 13. I
was never braced--just given all forms of physical therapy, pain meds, etc.
Finally by the time I was 18--my curve had gotten much worse and I was in
terrible pain. I was playing golf in college--but was in so much pain I
had to drop out of a tournament in the middle of a round. I knew then I could
not live like this anymore. After my first surgery--my back was considerably
straighter--but I still had a hump (from the kyphosis I was yet to be diagnosed
with). The pain was much better--but I still had some rough days.
Less than five years after my first surgery--I was walking
around the bank (where I work) and all of the sudden I felt this awful pain in
my back and heard a sound that sounded like a gun shot. It was terrifying. I
immediately was in tears---I was in unbearable pain. I called my doctor and
drove there immediately. They did X-rays and discovered that two of my rods had
I really never thought the day would come when I would be
totally pain free with a straight, flat back. I couldn't even imagine this ever
happening--all I wanted was for the broken rods to be fixed. Every day was a
struggle since I had both of my rods break. I couldn't sit, stand, or even lay
down comfortably. I became dependent on pain meds to help me sleep and get
comfortable--but those barely even touched the pain. I could feel my lower rod
protruding through my skin--and each day it seemed to be sticking out more. The
surgeon who did my original surgery gave me lots of pain meds and shots.
He didn't seem to think the rod needed to be surgically fixed. I was beginning
to lose all hope.
After a few months of suffering with the broken rod--I
decided to start looking for other scoliosis specialists within the state for a second opinion. On a
Sunday afternoon I just happened to come across Dr. Hey's website. I could not
believe all of the success stories and before and after pictures. My
"after picture" looked NOTHING like the ones he had on his website. I
decided to put in a request asking for someone to contact me. I knew this would
probably take a while. Later that afternoon--my phone rang and Dr. Hey himself
contacted me about my request! I could not even believe it! He scheduled me an
appointment the very next morning (which happened to be Columbus Day--so I was
off work). This all seemed too good to be true. When I arrived at his
office--the girl told me he didn't have any available appointments for months.
It was amazing to me that he would fit me in his busy schedule like he did. He
took X-rays and diagnosed me with Kyphosis--which is probably what led to
my original rods breaking. He confidently told me he could fix my scoliosis and
kyphosis and give me a stronger construct which would lead to a flatter,
Forward to after my surgery---I had an amazing experience at
the Duke Raleigh Hospital with Dr. Hey's Team--everyone was so amazing! As soon
as I woke up from my surgery-Dr. Hey handed me a picture of my X-rays--I could
not even believe it--my back was completely straight!
Me, last weekend with my new posture.
Six months later and I am completely PAIN FREE. It is
amazing. I am 2 inches taller, my back is straight and flat. I feel like a
whole new person! I can do everything I ever wanted to do without pain! It is
absolutely unbelievable. Dr. Hey and the Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery was a true answer to prayer. I cannot even
express how blessed I am to be able to live my life pain free! I just hope
other people are able to find Dr. Hey who have had failed surgeries who believe
that there is really no hope to being fixed and pain free---when there
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