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whitney81180
07-21-2005, 08:45 AM
Has anyone here had or known anyone to have corrective scoliosis sugery even when lungs were being comprised with or without a heart murmur?

Thanks,
Becky

Karen Ocker
07-21-2005, 02:12 PM
My lungs were definitely compromised based on my pre-op respiratory tests and the cardiologist's report. I also have a slight leak in my mitral valve.
The thing is, I got the surgery BEFORE it got worse.

It took a good 2 1/4 years for my lungs to recover-but they did. I had lost some lung tissue before surgery from my misshapen ribs.

A hopeful thing is that, given the room, lungs can expand. In the case of a person who loses a lung, because of lung cancer. That person's remaining lung will grow larger.

Karen