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Scoliosis Surgery

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:20 AM in Scoliosis
My Brother (DOB – 13th September,1991) has been suffering from Scoliosis with the convexity to right side.
This has been detected in the year 2006 when he was diagnosed at India and degree of the bend was 33. and was prescribed for ‘Yoga’
He was later checked this year when the angle of convexity found 77 and the Doctor opined surgery

Like to know the following:

1. Magnitude of risk factor on surgery
2. Success rate of the operation
3. Management of the case
4. Time and Cost factor
5. Where to operate and who is the expert Doctor in this field ? How can he be contacted ?


  • needs to see an orthopedic spinal surgeon and your Doctor should be able to refer you to one. It will be up to the dsurgeon to decide on the type of surgery that needs to be done if any at all.
    So unfortunately no one can answer your questions without more information first. So first step- make an appointment with a specalist.

    Blessings Sara
  • sm1975, where do you live?

    I'm not an orthopedic surgeon, but my sister (age 23) had surgery to correct her scoliosis last week, so I've been doing a lot of research.

    First off, you need an orthopedic surgeon. Orthopedic surgeons are NOT created equal. Scoliosis correction is a very complex procedure with infinite approaches. Choosing a surgeon who does lots of these procedures, and who has a large toolbox of skills available to him/her is paramount.

    My sister had probably 4+ opinions before her surgery. Both her curves (upper and lower) measured around ~70-75 degrees. Some surgeons said they would consider a "good outcome" a reduction of 40% of the curvature, and said if she could walk again they would be happy (our family thought that was not good enough). The surgeon she used was able to reduce her curves to ~30 (upper) and 18 degrees (lower). She has been walking around the hospital for almost a week now, and is going home today. Of course, the magnitude of the reduction depends heavily on the patient and flexibility of the spine. Generally, the younger the patient, the better the outcome (reduction).

    To answer your questions to the best of my knowledge:

    1) ~1% chance of nerve damage/paralysis. This value has come down dramatically with the modern segmental approach.
    2) Depends on what you define as success. I've read there is a 90-95% chance the fusion will be complete.
    3) Depending on the curve flexibility, age of the patient, speed of progression, etc., the surgeon may recommend bracing before surgey to stop progression. After fusion, patients ideally do not have to wear a brace (as stabilization is now internal, titanium rods) and should live a normal life. Not sure what kind of management you're talking about.
    4) Surgery takes around ~4 hours depending on the case and surgeon. Recovery time is 1 year. 3 months until you have normal movement. 6 months until you can lift anything heavier than 1lb. 1 year until you can play contact sports. I've read that surgery costs somewhere around $50K USD. Insurance should cover the majority.
    5) Your doctor is your choice. There are lots of good orthopedic surgeons, but this is a very complex surgery so you better be sure of who is touching your spine. Personally, after my sister's search, there is only one doctor I'd ever use.

    Hope this helps
  • Hello, my name is Alyssa. I'm a 17 year old girl and I had scoliosis surgery done at the age of 15. After I had the surgery done and got home I noticed I was having problems. I'm not able to do a lot with my left leg. I cant bend over towards my left leg without feeling a burning pain, I can't straighten my leg, and my leg gives out on me all the time. I went to a nerve spcialist, back to the doctor who did my surgery, and a pediatric spine doctor. Neither one of them could tell me what went wrong. I went to physical therapy for 6 weeks during my summer after my surgery and it had no effect on the loss in my left leg. Does anyone know why this cuold've happened? I'm just looking for help on what could've caused this to happen. If anyone has anything that might help me please let me know.

    Thank You,

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