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Nervous about parial fusion surgery

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I'm 20 years old and I've had scoliosis since I was 10. I wore a backbrace for 5 years from middle school into high school. Now, as i go into my junior year of college my curve continues to get worse little by little. Currently it is 50 degrees. I was just wondering if anyone could offer any insight about the surgery and what to expect. Thank you :)


  • PS ( i'm due to have a partial spinal fusion december 14th)
  • My advice would be to find a surgeon whose specific interest is in scoliosis, and to go to the best spinal specialist you can find. Sometimes this will mean going to the teaching hospital of a large university.

    Almost equally important will be finding a physical therapist that devotes his or her practice to orthopedic cases.

    Don't be shy about asking questions pertaining to their experience, how many surgeries they have done, the outcome, etc. You can also ask for the names of former patients who would agree to talk with you about their experiences.

    Do your research beforehand. Be very picky about who you choose to operate on you.

    Good luck to you. Facing surgery is not a pleasant task, but it sounds like it is necessary for you to live the life you want.
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