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    Yes, they are truly AMAZING! It would be great...

    Yes, they are truly AMAZING! It would be great if folks could share the link in any groups they belong to, on their personal Facebook pages, with family and friends, etc. - thanks!!
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    Shriners Hospitals for Children

    For anyone whose child has been helped by Shriners Hospitals (or who just wants to support a very worthy cause), I wanted to share this campaign which is meant to raise both funds as well as ...
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    Sorry if I was unclear. VBT is not intended to...

    Sorry if I was unclear. VBT is not intended to just 'hold' the curve in adults. I believe the one adult patient had her curve reduced by over 50%. I do not have the exact numbers in front of me...
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    Hi AMom, Yes, but you did a great job thinking...

    Hi AMom,

    Yes, but you did a great job thinking out loud before you saw my post - you hit it on the head! Most surgeons are waiting to see how the first "test cases" turn out, just as they did...
  5. Hi Burdle, If you send me a private message...

    Hi Burdle,

    If you send me a private message letting me know the name you registered with, as an admin, I can approve your membership. Sorry if the intro was misleading - the fact is that in...
  6. That is correct, no pun intended!! :-)

    That is correct, no pun intended!! :-)
  7. If you mean the POSNA interview, I wouldn't say...

    If you mean the POSNA interview, I wouldn't say incorrect, just not current as far as the things we already touched on (i.e., where he states they tether only skeletally immature patients, etc.). ...
  8. Sharon, I covered most of these questions just...

    Sharon,

    I covered most of these questions just now on another thread here. As for insurance, it depends on the plan, not really on whether the patient is skeletally mature or not. Some carriers...
  9. Yes, I can confirm Pooka's claim that VBS posts...

    Yes, I can confirm Pooka's claim that VBS posts were discouraged here. It became exhausting trying to explain the same things over and over again - responding to claims that surgeons were...
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    P.S. Please keep in mind that even the surgeons...

    P.S. Please keep in mind that even the surgeons are still learning. The same questions that were asked, even 6-12 months ago, might get very different responses today. So I would caution anyone...
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    To clarify whether or not VBT has been done on...

    To clarify whether or not VBT has been done on adults - yes, it has (at least once to my knowledge) been performed on a 50 year old woman. Her slightly older sister is now scheduled for VBT as well...
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    Thanks, Burdle. Neither myself nor the patient...

    Thanks, Burdle. Neither myself nor the patient was familiar with the term. I guess it's not used as much in the U.S.
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    Hi Burdle, I asked that question and was told...

    Hi Burdle,

    I asked that question and was told this particular patient had been diagnosed years ago with structural adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. She is now an adult, age 50, at the time of...
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    Good distinction of older adults vs. younger...

    Good distinction of older adults vs. younger skeletally mature patients. As for the latter, there have been several older teens/early 20's patients who have had VBT and currently we know of three...
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    P.S. There is currently a study on tethering...

    P.S. There is currently a study on tethering being conducted by the FDA at Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia which those involved believe will lead to FDA approval for VBT. This would likely lead...
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    VBT (Tethering) Support Group

    I just wanted to post the link to a relatively new FB group that focuses solely on fusionless surgery (primarily vertebral body tethering, also called VBT). The link can be found below as well as in...
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    I don't recognize any of the names mentioned in...

    I don't recognize any of the names mentioned in the study. That said, it's not too far off other studies I've seen. For example, curves 35 degrees or less respond best to VBS (75-80% success rate)....
  18. That post so reminds me of Dr. Betz who has been...

    That post so reminds me of Dr. Betz who has been my son's doctor since 2004. He and his PA, Janet Cerrone, are almost like family. They have known David since he was in kindergarten, and they have...
  19. I am so happy for you!!! That truly is wonderful...

    I am so happy for you!!! That truly is wonderful news!!!!
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    I'm not necessarily saying it's a scam, and maybe...

    I'm not necessarily saying it's a scam, and maybe his method can work for very small curves, I don't know, but I do know that I see red flags. That group is one of the many scoliosis forums that I...
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    All I will say is that just because people "swear...

    All I will say is that just because people "swear by" something, that doesn't mean anything. You don't even know who those people are or anything about them or their situation. Or if they are...
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    Hi Bekabee, First, let me introduce myself. ...

    Hi Bekabee,

    First, let me introduce myself. My son had VBS (stapling) back in 2004, before tethering/VBT was even around (he's a senior in HS now and doing great by the way). I, along with two...
  23. AMom, Good luck at your appt. next week. ...

    AMom,

    Good luck at your appt. next week. Can't wait to hear how it goes. Your daughter will be in good hands!
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    Agreed, Melissa. Had the story run strictly in...

    Agreed, Melissa. Had the story run strictly in the NY Post, I would be a little skeptical as well. The link I posted is from the NY Daily News (the story also ran in a couple of other publications,...
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    Again, I respect all opinions and ask for the...

    Again, I respect all opinions and ask for the same. That said, if I make a mistake at work, I just go back and fix it, which might involve something as simple as sending an email - so there is quite...
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