View Full Version : Poll - How tall were/are you?

Houston Curves
03-22-2007, 06:33 PM
After reading posts, I was just curious how tall we (as a group) were before and after fusion surgery. In other words, is there any correlation between height and spinal curvature. It just seems to me(and perhaps wrongly) that scoliosis or degree of curve may relate to height as it is the continued growth of the spine, but without an increase in height. Please, respone as I would like to see a real cross section. Just curious... :D

Personally, I am 5'8" with my curves, and I've been told that I will likely gain 2-3 inches.


03-22-2007, 06:42 PM
I used to be five feet, am now four-ten :eek: , and am expected to gain about an inch or two after surgery.

03-22-2007, 06:50 PM

That is a good question. I was 5' 8". One day (pre surgery) while measuring my kids I had my husband measure me and I was 5' 6 3/4" I said "measure me again!!" I couldn't believe it. I did get my height back after surgery thank goodness. (I did have only a lumbar curve.)

03-22-2007, 07:44 PM
before surgery i was 5 feet 3.5 inches after surgery i measured at 5 feet 5 inches, which is what i was when i was in my 20's i'm now 43. pretty cool advantage to having surgery.

03-22-2007, 08:26 PM
I was 5'6. Now I'm 5'7 and half. My students noticed it more than anyone when they no longer towered over me- well not as much anyway. My tops seem shorter now though.

03-22-2007, 08:26 PM
I have been 5'3" since I was about 13. I was 5'3" going into my surgery at the age of 48 and 5'1 & a half after surgery.

03-22-2007, 10:19 PM
Hi Ann,

I am 8 months post-op, had two 8-hour surgeries and am fused T-3 to the sacrum. When I was in my 20's I was 5'9.5. Before surgery at the age of 54 I was 5'3.5 and after surgery, 5'9. I'm almost back to my original height. It's
great! I needed all new clothes!

03-23-2007, 08:56 AM
I have gained an inch since my surgery. I was 5'1" and I'm now 5'2". When you're short, every inch counts lol

03-23-2007, 09:10 AM
Early 20's
5' 0"

Age 29
4' 11.75"

5 days post surgery age 30
5' 2"

A few months post surgery age 30
5' 1-1.5"

03-23-2007, 09:17 AM
I was 5'4" before surgery, 5'7" after surgery, and now 30 years later I am 5'5'.
My daughter was 5'4" before surgery and after surgery is now 5'6".

03-23-2007, 10:41 AM

I was 5'4.5 after my first surgery (can't remember what I was pre-surgery) in 1991.
Had a row with a friend who said she was 5'2, I said she can't be cos I'm 5'4.5 and we were exactly same height back to back, so we got someone to measure us, I was 5'2!!! I lost 2.5 inches when my old Harrington Rod broke, however I have regained 2 of those inches in Nov 2006 during my revision surgery, and my tops all seem too short too! :D

03-23-2007, 01:28 PM
I think in my 20's I was somewhere around 5'3" or 5'4", I lost height and before my surgery, I was 5'2 1/2", now I am 5"4 and a half (now age 36), so I gained two inches in height after my surgery.

Jacque's Mom
03-23-2007, 02:37 PM
Before surgery in 1981 5'1" age 26; after surgery, and currently 5'4" age 52

03-23-2007, 03:25 PM
I was 5'4" fully grown. Lost an inch at 47 to 5'3". After my posterior surgery T5-L5 I gained 2 inches to 5'5". My curves were 72 and 77 degrees.


03-23-2007, 07:37 PM
I gainedn about 2 inches I think a lot of it is my posture because I am standing so straight now.

03-24-2007, 12:39 AM
I was a bit disappointed with that. If you've seen my blog, I thought I was real tall when I stood up in the hospital. I just felt huge & so straight! Then when I was first measured in the Dr's office I was only 5'5" which freaked me! Originally before surgery I was 5'4"...unless I went down more a bit before the actually surgery....The nice thing is most people tell me they feel I'm 5'7". My family was told in the hospital that I would'nt go up that much since I had a humongous curve. But I feel tall!!!! Lynne
fused T-11to L-5 Aug 1 2006

Linda G
03-24-2007, 12:52 PM
I only gained 1 inch. I was 5'2" before surgery and now I am a whopping 5'3". I guess I was destined to be shorter. ha
Linda G.

03-25-2007, 08:34 PM
i haven't had surgery, but i think i win the height thing here... i'm 6' 3/4'', so it scares me a little that i could be even taller if i had surgery. I think this poll is interesting, cause i always thought scoliosis tended to affect taller girls... hmm, guess that's what scoliosis does to you, makes ya shorter... even me.

03-26-2007, 11:48 AM
I was 5'1" before surgery, then 5'4" the day after surgery, and also grew 2 more inches the next year...5" in one year woo hoo!

03-26-2007, 07:02 PM
I was 5'1" before surgery, then 5'4" the day after surgery, and also grew 2 more inches the next year...5" in one year woo hoo!

What was the degree of your curve before surgery?

I'm 5'3". If I ever get surgery, I hope I'll at least be 5'4". 5'5" would be better.

03-28-2007, 09:09 AM
I had surgery when I was 12 and I was 5'3" after that.

Now I am 43 years old and I stand 5'1"...so I am getting shorter! :eek:

03-28-2007, 11:06 AM
My upper was 63 and my lower was 47. I had a correction to 11 degrees on top and almost 0 on bottom. Good luck!

03-28-2007, 05:57 PM
I used to be 5' 4", shrunk down to 5' 2" and am now 5' 2 1/2". I wear heels everyday and people are shocked when I take them off and they see how diddy I really am.

03-28-2007, 10:41 PM
I'm about 5'10" or 5'11".

I'm hoping not to get any taller then i already am

03-29-2007, 07:29 PM
I used to be 5' 1". I shrunk to 4' 11.5", 4' 11", and most recently 4' 10.75". As my curve has progressed, I got shorter. My curvature is currently 115*T and 85*L.

03-30-2007, 03:09 PM
I was always 5'5 and before my surgery I was measured at 5'4.
Post-surgery I am just under 5'5 again, but posture is so great that everyone thinks i'm much taller than that!!!

03-31-2007, 03:15 PM
Usually you gain an inch or two. As an aside having scoliosis makes me people shorter than they would otherwise have been. If you measure your armspan this gives a pretty accurate measure of how tall you would have been without scoliosis.

Houston Curves
03-31-2007, 06:34 PM
Thanks, Frosty. I hadn't heard that before. I'll have to give it a try.


04-02-2007, 02:20 PM
I’ve heard about the arm span measurement too, but have discovered it’s not universal. Not everyone’s height equals the span of their outstretched arms from fingertip to fingertip. I tested this on six of my co-workers with normal spines. Three of them had an arm span that equaled their height, and three did not. In fact, one woman who measured 5’3” had an arm span measurement of 5’8”. My arm span measures 5’9” and I stand 5’4”. I was 5’6½” at skeletal maturity, and my guess is that I would probably have reached about 5’8” if I did not have scoliosis. My older sister grew to 5’8” and my younger sister grew to 5’9”. If you have siblings, I think their height is a good gauge as to how tall you would be if you had a straight spine.


04-02-2007, 04:14 PM
It's not a 100 % accurate of course, armspan as a substitute for height. Some people have long or short arms relative to height but if you search the net you will find it is a well accepted proxy measure for height. Chris, you said your armspan measures 5'9'' and your estimated height without scoliosis 5'8''. That's pretty close.

04-15-2007, 04:03 PM
i was 5 ft 6 inches before op and now i am 5 ft 8.5...:)

04-18-2007, 02:26 PM
I was 5ft at age 13
At age 14 I was 4ft 11"
At age 28 I was 4ft 10"
Pre surgery (age 42) I was only 4ft 9" (eek!)

Post surgery I am now a lofty 4 ft 11" so I grew a whole 2" and that is with only about a 50% correction to my curves!

FYI, my armspan comes out at 5ft 3"

02-20-2008, 01:46 PM
Before surgery I was 5' 3'' and had a curvature of 52*.

After surgery I was 5' 4 1/2" :D (don't know what the curvature is now)

02-21-2008, 06:53 PM
6'1 with 90degree kyphosis! Will probably add another 2 inches after surgery!!

02-21-2008, 07:14 PM
A few years ago I was told I was 5ft 3/4inch...

More recently, prior to surgery, I was told 5ft 1/4inch

I am now a FULL (like maybe even slightly over) 5'2!!

02-22-2008, 06:52 PM
I was the same height as my sister, 5'5", then I shrunk to 5'4" 1/2. Now I'm just about or over 5'7".


02-22-2008, 07:25 PM
Right now I'm at 5'5-1/2" (45 yrs), at 18 yrs I was 5'8". We checked my arm span(finger tip to tip) is 5' 10". Considering my sons are 6'5" and 6'2" and my dad has cousins(female that are both 6 foot) I guess the 5'10" might be pretty close to what I would have been. Would be nice if I could get close, but more important to not get worse. Just get the stupid insurance stuff out of the way.

02-25-2008, 01:09 AM
At 18 years-old I was 5' 7", at 50 I was 5' 6"
pre-surgery at 60 I was 5' 3 3/8"
post-surgery I am back to 5' 7"
I feel and look so TALL, when I first sat up in bed after surgery my arms felt so short I couldn't put my hands on the bed to balance myself. I told my doc that I thought he added several vertebrae to my back. I can put my hands on the bed now, not sure if I have shrunk a little or not. All my friends and family were shocked at first at how much taller I was after surgery.

02-25-2008, 08:39 AM
I've been a solid 5'2" since I stopped growing at maybe age 12/13.

Believe it or not, they didn't have a scale with a height bar in the hospital (I was soooo aggravated!), and I've been inaccurately measured several times since (never the same outcome) by well meaning nurses and friends with tape measures and yardsticks - LOL.

One measurement even said I was shorter (which I'm fairly certain isn't possible).

I'll know for sure today. I still find it hilarious when people jokingly ask "Well, do ya feel taller?", and the look on their face (always initially dubious) when I respond "I AM taller." ... ;-).

02-25-2008, 08:48 AM
- pre-surgery at 60 I was 5' 3 3/8"
- post-surgery I am back to 5' 7"

Wow, Susan ...

Your increase is just one of many that blows my mind ... that's HUGE ;-). How long did it take you to get adjusted (balance, body boundaries, etc.) afterwards?

I had to giggle imagining that kind of sudden growth on me: I'm so naturally NOT graceful, I can easily envision bruised knots all over my head from misjudging my new height going under things and getting in and out of cars and the like ;-).

(nevermind I whack my head NOW about every 3rd time I get out of my car - LOL!)


02-25-2008, 10:13 AM
I have yet to be accurately measured since my surgery. I was 5'7 1/2" in high school, 5' 6 1/2" last summer and now I believe I am somewhere between 5' 8" and 5' 8 1/2". I routinely hit my head getting into the car. All I know is my torso has never been longer!

02-25-2008, 08:43 PM
It took about four weeks before I was somewhat adjusted to my new height! I couldn't believe it at first. Like I said when I sat up on the hospital bed my torso was so long my arms wouldn't reach the bed so I could balance myself. I don't know if this happened to anyone else but that first time sitting up I just "sprung" (like a spring) back and was falling backwards on the bed (FAST). I would have hit my head on the railing of the bed but a nurse caught me. This was the strangest feeling and totally unexpected.

For the longest time (even when I was at home) - every time I sat down I made sure that someone was behind me or had placed a pillow to catch me. I would fall back on the pillow and then had to have someone help me to get up. I thought this was permanent but it gradually got bettter, I adjusted and do fine now. You're right about hitting my head though, only on the car getting in and out. That's better too, but I am verrrry careful getting in and out. Sounds like I'm not alone with the "hitting head on car" problem.

It sounds like you are doing good Pam. I am so surprised at the things you are able to do already! Keep on getting better!

Oh! and on another subject, (your pictures), they really show what we all went through. I just called my husband in to look at them, he glanced but didn't stay long (a little queasy maybe). Thanks for posting them.

Take care,

02-26-2008, 10:26 AM
I was 5'7" before, and grew a full three inches - now I'm a bit more than 5'10". My curvature was 80°, corrected to 19°.... I think I was MOST excited about getting taller! My family is all very tall, and at 5'7" I was the shortest... I still am the shortest (other than my mum - I have cousins that are 6'9" if you can believe it)!!


02-26-2008, 11:24 AM
I was 5' 3/4", in the last two years lost an inch, so just under 5', now I am 5' 1 1/2". Not bad! It felt like such a huge change at first.

02-28-2008, 02:34 PM
after graduation high school I was 5'2 then shrank to 5'1/2 then before surgery 4'11. 2 1/2 weeks post op I'm 5'1. When your short every little bit helps. I'm so glad to get some height back! :D