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09-25-2004, 02:30 PM
Planning on surgery:
Had my first surgery,laminectemy and fusion L4/L5 in 82 at 42 years of age. Now at 62 I have been told by Dr. mackinsey in Plano to see Dr. Shillakoph, supposedly the best in the area. My
back seems to be caving in and Dr. mac. thinks I need to have
my back stabilized. I had a staph infection with the first
operation. The operation wasn't bad- the infection was hell.
I had been doing well, very athletic, with minor pain since
l982. My chiropractor kept me pain free for 15 years-but
now I have pain he can't reach. I am petrified of an operatio
and the possibility of infection . At 62 and with a 'fairly ridgid' curve of 75 in the thoracic, Iam not even sure if any straightening my curves.is possible. Did anyone else have
fairly ridgid curves and still have a reduction?
Kathleen in Plano Texas

09-25-2004, 09:28 PM
Hi Kathleen...

I'd also encourage you to see Dr. Mike LaGrone in Amarillo. He's probably one of the 5 most respected scoliosis revision surgeons in the world. There are lots of his patients who are members of this forum. I don't think I've ever heard one of them say that they had a bad outcome.