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My daughter got diagnosed in June with scoliosis.  Now its over a 50 curve .  The doctor said she need a operation.  He gave us a choice.   The regular spinal fusion or a new procedure called vertabral body tethering  (vbt).  My doctor only did 7 operation like this before with great success.  Only 5 doctors do it in Canada.   I would like to know if anyone did vbt and would recommend it . I dont know what to do .  



  • WLLadyWLLady Ontario CanadaPosts: 1,486

    Hi niki200

    Welcome to spine health! 

    I have zero experience with the vbt, but there have been a few other people here on the forum that have been inquiring about it, hopefully they will chip in their findings here soon!  i'm sorry your daughter needs surgery-i can tell you from experience that the posterior approach fusion with bars and screws is a long recovery-i had 10 levels done but i am much older than your daughter.  Kids seem to be much more resilient and heal faster than at least i do....

    Can you get more information from your doctor about the procedure, and discuss the outcomes that he has had with previous patients?  i know my surgeon didn't even suggest it in my case, but i was over 100 degrees on the operating table, and i don't think i had much in the way of options.....

    Good luck to you and your daughter!  and welcome again to the forum!

    Veritas-Health Moderator
    Dec '16 T10-S2 fusion with pelvic fixation. Laminectomies L2, L3, L4, L5, facet removal, cages L4-5, L5-S1, severe scoliosis, arthritis and stenosis repair. 

  • I would definitely do your daughter a favor and get the VBT. Even if the surgery fails, which is unlikely because it’s a very simply procedure, it can be undone very easily and you can get spinal fusion. Spinal fusion is permanent, I had it done at age 14 and my life has been miserable ever since. 

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