View Full Version : Another question re: osteotomies

08-07-2011, 07:14 PM
Does the surgeon normally go over the entire surgical process and explain exactly what will be done (osteotomies included) with you at an appointment closer to your surgery date? I have only had one initial consultation so far. I'm just wondering if it was assumed that osteotomies would be done and it was not mentioned.

08-07-2011, 07:42 PM
My surgeon didn't mention the osteotomies to me. Maybe he didn't think I'd understand-- or maybe it was a decision he made once he was in there. I really don't know. His years of experience and expertise made me trust him. I have a feeling he knew ahead of time but just didn't lay out the whole game plan to me. I'm fine with that. He was an incredible surgeon, got great correction, and my posture is perfect. And maybe once he saw I was more flexible than he thought I would be, that helped lead to doing those. I really have no idea. All I know is that he was able to get my correction to 15 and I have a really nicely curved back (as in side profile) and good posture.

08-07-2011, 11:06 PM
i have put off having surgery...
but i asked the surgeon i like the most, and he told me which "otomies" and "ectomies" i will need...i think it was 2 of one kind and 3 or 4 of another...if/when i schedule surgery, i will get that nailed down...
i think sometimes initial consults do not go into as much detail as when they think the patient is going to go ahead and book the surgery date....

you could definitely bring up the question if you go back for another visit...


08-08-2011, 10:52 AM
At my last pre-op appt, my surgeon went over in great detail what he was going to do


08-08-2011, 12:58 PM
I didn't want to hear it so I went for a cup of water and my husband listened to everything. I asked a few questions myself, and then directed him to make the cut straight and thin please and to be sure to get it right because "we're doing this once, got it?" Ha!

08-08-2011, 05:59 PM
I was in a fog of shock when my surgeon explained these things to me. I only saw him once pre-op, the next time was in my room the day after surgery when he told me I'd had "several osteotomies." I thank them for the nice lordosis in my back which had all but disappeared with the worsening scoli. And I believe it's thanks to them that I stand upright and don't tilt forward.