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02-04-2008, 05:44 AM
Hi Everyone my surgeon on friday said that, this op is not going to get rid of the pain i get in my hip, and lower and top of back......
He said it is purely just to strighten my spine and stop it getting worse does this mean i will still have the pain i have now after the op???
i was hoping i would nearly be pain free not exactly as I am now.


02-04-2008, 07:05 AM

Doctors don't like to promise pain relief. My surgeon told me there was a 75-80% chance that my pain level would improve, and in fact, it's MUCH better even just 2 months post-op. While pain relief is definitely a possibility, no one can predict your outcome. My guess is your doctor is just especially conservative!!!

Good luck!

02-04-2008, 08:43 AM
I echo what Vndy said. My surgeon told me the same thing. However, that does not mean that you won't get pain relief. I have different pain now as I recover, but certain pinching pain that I had in my lower back before surgery is now gone because of the surgery. Everyone gets different results, but it seems like many (if not most) people get some pain relief.


02-04-2008, 09:06 AM
Ditto from me as to what Anya and vndy said... If you read any of the books on scoliosis surgery, they also say it is not a promise to deliver you from back pain. It's a fact that many people suffer from chronic back pain who do not have scoliosis-- and I know I read that it's possible some of the pain we experience may have another source. (But I think most of ours is from the scoliosis!) Even if it's all from the scoliosis, the surgery may not necessarily take care of the pain. And you will probably have some pain for at least awhile from the surgery itself.

Have you read any of the books on scoliosis/scoliosis surgery? They are very informative and helpful in understanding about our condition and the surgery. The two I purchased and read (several times, especially the 1st one) are Scoliosis Surgery: the Definitive Patient's Reference by David K. Wolpert and The Scoliosis Sourcebook by Michael Neuwirth, M.D., and Kevin Osborn. The Wolpert book is quite often talked about on the forum--it's a super great help!

Best wishes in your search to understand more! I found it helped me feel more at ease so much in going into this surgery because I felt informed on what was happening and what to expect as an outcome. Take care!