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rgibbs1030
10-18-2008, 09:26 AM
Thanks for giving me some comfort and the push to go forward with the sugery.. I Would like to know what all happens Before, During, and after sugery. Could some of you give me all the details. That would be great.

Nancy Joy
10-19-2008, 07:03 PM
Hi Rachel~

I do not want you to think this question is being ignored. I think possibly it is such a broad subject and each is different that it is our of our realm to answer what it would be for "you". Janet had excellent advise in her post on your other question. There is also a very good book on scoliosis surgery and ask lots of questions of your doctor and medical community.

tillgurl
10-20-2008, 07:49 PM
There's a miiiiiiiillion things I could say about surgery, so feel free to ask specific quesions so i don't write a huge essay here :)

txmarinemom
10-20-2008, 09:17 PM
... There is also a very good book on scoliosis surgery ...

BTW, the name of this book Nancy mentions is "Scoliosis Surgery: The Definitive Patient's Reference" by David K. Wolpert.

Although you can't find it in stores, it is available online from both Barnes & Noble (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Scoliosis-Surgery/David-K-Wolpert/e/9780974195520/?itm=1) and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Scoliosis-Surgery-Definitive-Patients-Reference/dp/0974195529/ref=sr_1_17?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1224555312&sr=8-17), and from Wolpert's own site (http://www.curvedspine.com).

I assure you, whether all or some of it ends up applicable in your case, you will learn *something*. Most importantly, it'll give you hundreds of questions when you interview surgeons.

Regards,
Pam

LindaRacine
10-20-2008, 10:03 PM
Thanks for giving me some comfort and the push to go forward with the sugery.. I Would like to know what all happens Before, During, and after sugery. Could some of you give me all the details. That would be great.

There are actually a bunch of different types of scoliosis surgery. And each kind of surgery has practically an infinite number of ways in which it can be performed.

Here's an animation of a sort of basic posterior spine surgery with instrumentation. Although posterior scoliosis surgery is much more involved, this will give you an idea of the sorts of things that occur during surgery.

http://www.understandspinesurgery.com/animations.asp?c=1&


Click on Lumbar Laminectomy - Instrumented

Also, you can order Scoliosis Surgery: The Definitive Patient Reference directly from the National Scoliosis Foundation:

http://www.scoliosis.org/store/books.php

Regards,
Linda

txmarinemom
10-20-2008, 10:41 PM
Also, you can order Scoliosis Surgery: The Definitive Patient Reference directly from the National Scoliosis Foundation:

http://www.scoliosis.org/store/books.php

You ~can.

The other sites, however, give a potential buyer/reader excerpts and more information about the contents.

I listed the other links vs. the paltry one here for the very reason you stated: There are many types of surgery, and a newbie needs info to decide if the book suits their circumstances before they buy it.

Pam

LindaRacine
10-20-2008, 11:14 PM
You ~can.

The other sites, however, give a potential buyer/reader excerpts and more information about the contents.

I listed the other links vs. the paltry one here for the very reason you stated: There are many types of surgery, and a newbie needs info to decide if the book suits their circumstances before they buy it.

Pam
Or, one can choose to support the not-for-profit organization that brings us these forums.

txmarinemom
10-20-2008, 11:21 PM
Or, one can choose to support the not-for-profit organization that brings us these forums.

Or, easily enough, the not-for-profit site could provide more info about the book. ;-)

Nancy Joy
10-21-2008, 12:30 PM
That book is the one! At the time I wrote, I would have had to go upstairs and just wasn't "in the mood"- ha!. Linda, I went to your site for the slideshow- that is terrific! Thanks for sharing that.