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1spud
05-09-2006, 11:01 AM
hi i know i am making a mess of this i dont even know how to use this for em of web sight. i keep looking for instructions but i can't find any.

my daughter is 5 and she has congenital scoliosis. we have already gone to see two different doctors on long island, NY. they both feel surgery is necessary. it makes sense but what questions should i be asking?

they both want to remove the hemivertebrae and fuse the segment with screws. one of the doctors wants to enter only from the back and one wants to enter from the front and the back.

the two doctors are

Wesley V. Carrion- stonybrook,ny
Ronald Lewis -East meadow, NY
David Feldman- NY,NY we have an apt with him in two weeks.

please if you know any thing about these doctors let me know.

Carmell
05-10-2006, 06:06 PM
Welcome,

Congenital scoliosis is not a common condition. There is a great email list for parents (and adult patients) who have congenital scoliosis issues. You can sign up for this Yahoo group here: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/CongenitalScoliosisSupport/

I don't have personal experience with the docs you mentioned. You would want to ask questions that are specific to your daughter, especially if she has any other medical issue that would complicate scoliosis treatment.

Ask things like when will we schedule a full-spine MRI? Do we need to have her kidneys examined (kidneys develop around the same time the bone structure of the spine does during fetal growth)? What is the long term prognosis for her if we choose posterior only surgery? What about anterior and posterior surgery? Where is the hemivertebrae? If it's a lumbar vert, the excision procedure is relatively common. Is the scoliosis progressing? Is the spine stable? Is her overall body balance stable? What are the risks of future progression if we choose no surgery now?

Good luck and keep us posted.