i had a 54 curvature with scoliosis. I was able to get surgery through  I went in at 5'4 and came out at 5'6.5 . I was 17 at the time. They were done with titanium, not steel. I am 34 now and I had to quit working. I couldn't stand or sit for long periods of time. When I would get up from sitting, I'd stand up crooked and couldn't fix myself upright. I knew something was wrong , but all the doctors kept telling me everything looked great. My pain worsened, I laid around on heating pad and gained weight from a sedentary lifestyle. I also had chronic migraines from all the muscle tightness in my neck and shoulders. I finally found a doctor that said they would remove them. I almost cried from joy. I am a month in and I can tell you that this surgery is not nearly as painful as the first one. The muscle spasms are something else though. Everyday it's a new group a muscles flaring up. I'm sure that this was because of all the cutting through to remove them. They removed everything. The rods, the screws, all of it. Even with this new pain , I can live with it more than I had before. I was at the point of despair and because of my age, no one took my pain seriously. I just wanted to share my story and if you decide to remove them, for me at least, best decision I could ever have made. Feel free to ask if you have questions. I'm only a month in though.