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  1. Karen... I don't know how far in the future it...

    Karen... I don't know how far in the future it will happen, but there will eventually be gene therapy to fix the problem, at least for those with the most common gene mutations. I hope it's in my...
  2. Karen... No need to beat yourself up. It seems...

    Karen... No need to beat yourself up. It seems to me, with your daughter's large curves, no amount of yoga was going to help enough.

    --Linda
  3. Would you mind if I moved this to the...

    Would you mind if I moved this to the Non-Surgical forum? While it's research, I think it's great information that could be useful to people who are specifically looking for non-surgical treatment....
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    Hi Jess... As far as I know, no one has...

    Hi Jess...

    As far as I know, no one has studied that. My tronchanteric bursitis didn't get back until after my spine had been straightened. I think we can agree that curve size is a...
  5. Hi... I had leg pain whenever I stood up, for...

    Hi...

    I had leg pain whenever I stood up, for about a year prior to surgery. I thought I could live with the back pain, but the leg pain did me in. My leg pain was completely gone after surgery....
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    Jess... think you probably missed this: ...

    Jess... think you probably missed this:



    The only reason I mentioned you is that you always seemed to question whenever someone with a small curve was considering surgery. :-)
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    I couldn't find anywhere that had anything...

    I couldn't find anywhere that had anything negative about lordosis >40. The author is showing that lordosis >40 is a good thing, and that patients with good lordosis had worse surgical outcomes than...
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    Ed... It's what I've been telling Jess for...

    Ed...

    It's what I've been telling Jess for years. (I think she finally has it. :-) Cobb angle becomes useless after skeletal maturity. Things like imbalance (even slight) too little lordosis,...
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    When to Operate and When to Say No

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    I was trying to find some information about the natural history of Degenerative Scoliosis, and found a good PowerPoint presentation about if/when to do surgery. I believe it's meant for...
  10. Hi Liz... I'v been hearing for years that male...

    Hi Liz...

    I'v been hearing for years that male scoliosis is more lethal than female scoliosis. I don't know if that's actually true, however, as I've never read any research on the topic.

    I'm...
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    Hi Gayle... While I don't recall ever hearing...

    Hi Gayle...

    While I don't recall ever hearing about a kyphoplasty being done without implants being removed, I think it's possible that they could go in laterally, just above the pedicles.

    Hi...
  12. Thread: Anterior

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    Hi... There shouldn't be any additional loss...

    Hi...

    There shouldn't be any additional loss of flexibility.

    I did have a complication. First, because I had previously had several abdominal surgeries, the lymph tissue in my abdomen tore...
  13. Thread: Anterior

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    Often in adults, especially older adults and in...

    Often in adults, especially older adults and in the lower lumbar vertebrae, surgeons need to do both anterior and posterior surgeries in order to get the fusion to take. There are definitely...
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    Hi... I haven't actually read the literature,...

    Hi...

    I haven't actually read the literature, but we're 3 years into a study using Forteo for patients undergoing lumbar spine fusion. I believe the osteosarcoma was seen in rats and mice who got...
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    Hi Gayle... I believe it's the ligaments,...

    Hi Gayle...

    I believe it's the ligaments, which are disturbed during surgery. I'm actually not very versed in the way of ligaments, but I suspect that one of the big problems is that the...
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    Hi Susan... I'm unclear about the spinal cord...

    Hi Susan...

    I'm unclear about the spinal cord injury. Is your surgeon saying that the injury was caused by the screw plowing through your bone? Or, was the screw placed badly in the first place?...
  17. Yup, we've heard a few horror stories over the...

    Yup, we've heard a few horror stories over the years. I try not to dwell. And, on the other hand, the surgeries that these guys are doing in 3rd world countries are beyond inspirational. When I...
  18. Many adult patients have no pain, or very little...

    Many adult patients have no pain, or very little pain, as long as they're sitting or laying down.

    --Linda
  19. No, sorry, I was responding about your feeling of...

    No, sorry, I was responding about your feeling of "if only I had". I suspect I should have dome some quoting when I posted, to make my point more understandable. Sometimes (often), my fingers get...
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    They would need to remove the rods to inspect the...

    They would need to remove the rods to inspect the fusion.
  21. Susan... You are EXACTLY why I'm always...

    Susan...

    You are EXACTLY why I'm always reluctant to encourage anyone to have this surgery. Statistically, you just hit the lottery. But, as you now know, it doesn't matter that you're 1 in...
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    Hang in there. It should resolve. One caveat......

    Hang in there. It should resolve. One caveat... some people report that their new lordotic curve actually makes their tummy more prominent.
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    And, removal of implants will not give anyone...

    And, removal of implants will not give anyone additional flexibility. Implant removal is usually done because the implants are irritating the surrounding tissue.
  24. Hi... I got a PM from someone who is concerned...

    Hi...

    I got a PM from someone who is concerned about the reference to BMP and cancer. It appears that there is a small, but significant, increased risk of cancer.
    ...
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    Hi... Swelling is really common. Sometimes,...

    Hi...

    Swelling is really common. Sometimes, it takes way longer than other times, and I don't have a clue why there's such a difference.

    Did you have an ALIF?

    --Linda
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