I had scoliosis surgery in 2004 at 14-yrs old. Pre-op measurements were 64 degrees right-sided thoracic curve T5-L1 and 43 degrees left-sided lumbar curve T12-L4 with mild rotary scoliosis of lumbar spine. Surgeon performed posterior spinal fixation using two rods & supralaminar hooks extending from the level on the left of T2-L1, and on the right from approximately the level of T3-L2.
Post-op measurements reduced right-sided thoracic curvature from 64 degrees to a dissappointing 44 degrees. Procedure did not address left-sided lumbar curve.
While entirely subjective, I am still left with severe residual deformity. Seems as if most surgeries are cosmetically successful in curve correction. For those who have undergone surgery, were you unhappy with cosmetic results?
Up until yesterday, I had no idea the procedure did not address the left-sided lumbar curve. I do not know why. At 14, I was young, scared, and ignorant.
I'm almost 28-yrs old now. I suffer from chronic discomfort and mild pain throughout my back, right hip, shoulder and neck. However, I am able to run 2-3 miles/day and lift weights x3/week.
Call me crazy, but I'm entertaining the idea of pursuing revision surgery using much newer instrumention, i.e. pedicle screws, in hope of improved results. My 62-yr old mother says there is just too much inherited risk for clot, infection, nerve damage, even death.
I have not had my back xrayed since 2005. Hope there has been no progression. Will be contacting former surgeon.