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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?...
  3. 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...
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  7. 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.
  10. 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
  12. Hi... I'm another one who didn't want...

    Hi...

    I'm another one who didn't want visitors. (Not easy to do when it's your own workplace.) I had my iPhone with me, but don't think I ever used it. I would say it's pretty unusual that one...
  13. My understanding is that MRIs are typically...

    My understanding is that MRIs are typically ordered for kids if there is anything unusual, which would include left thoracic curve, pain, or a very rapid progression. If it were my kid, I would...
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    Hi... More and more of our patients are off...

    Hi...

    More and more of our patients are off pain meds within a couple of weeks. That seems almost impossible. I'd like to try to figure out why it's that way with some patients and not others.
    ...
  15. Peg.... I've uploaded a PDF file that...

    Peg....

    I've uploaded a PDF file that addresses all sorts of things in terms of preparing for surgery. You'll find it here. In that document, I address the question of what you can tell your...
  16. Maria... All I can do is send a message to Joe...

    Maria... All I can do is send a message to Joe O'Brien. I would prefer that you contact Joe so I don't have to do the middleman thing. Joe's user ID is Joe O'Brien.

    --Linda
  17. Spine surgeons get perspective from patients...

    Spine surgeons get perspective from patients several days a week. :-)
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    Unfortunately, I think all of the Pittsburg...

    Unfortunately, I think all of the Pittsburg experts are peds specialists.
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    Hi Liz... Your bone quality could definitely...

    Hi Liz...

    Your bone quality could definitely be a concern. If possible, a surgeon who does a lot of revision surgery on older patients, will be your best bet. Regardless of whether you have...
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    Sorry, but it's been far too many years since I...

    Sorry, but it's been far too many years since I heard about them. I can tell you that I'm relatively certain that I heard about them on the old MIT list (the predecessor to this forum). If you do a...
  21. I'm guessing, but I bet if they look at the same...

    I'm guessing, but I bet if they look at the same patients again in another 20 years, there will be a big switch in those numbers.
  22. Progrression of 35-50 Degree Curves with 20 Year Follow-Up

    From the SRS meeting:

    74. Minimum 20-Year Radiographic Outcomes for Treatment of Adolescent
    Idiopathic Scoliosis: Preliminary Results from a Novel Cohort of US Patients
    A. Noelle Larson, MD;...
  23. Sheila... Your surgeon can put you in touch with...

    Sheila... Your surgeon can put you in touch with a patient or two who have had a PSO. If they can't, run the other way.

    --Linda
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    If you're concerned, you should mention it to...

    If you're concerned, you should mention it to your surgeon. Unless you've been recruited for a study, or if you're having new symptoms, there's really no specific reason to take xrays on the regular...
  25. Looks to me like he's been approved. If he's...

    Looks to me like he's been approved. If he's still having trouble, please have him contact Joe directly. Thanks.
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