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  1. Hi El-34... I'm guessing that your son's...

    Hi El-34...

    I'm guessing that your son's doctor is talking about removal and fusion of the hemi level. That's quite different than fusion of the entire curve, and would probably not require...
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    Dustin... Your posts are coming across, at...

    Dustin...

    Your posts are coming across, at least to me, as an advertisement for a method that is not proven, and which has not worked yet for your family. If you continue hyping your method, I...
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    Hi Ginger... I read somewhere recently that...

    Hi Ginger...

    I read somewhere recently that insurance companies usually do not pay for exploratory spine surgeries. Surgeons need to prove a diagnosis radiographically. Have you tried...
  4. I don't know how many surgeons would be honest...

    I don't know how many surgeons would be honest about this, but I've heard many of them say that complication rates for adult scoliosis surgery is likely to be somewhere around 70%. Most studies...
  5. If you're talking about patients who had...

    If you're talking about patients who had scoliosis surgery as adults, no one has really done anything with enough follow-up. I believe you'd need at least 30-40 years to get a meaningful number. ...
  6. Surgery When There's No Verifiable Cause

    backincontrol.com/are-you-kidding-me/
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    There's no way to know other than the curve...

    There's no way to know other than the curve re-occurring or the patient having more surgery.
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    I would be wary of going to someone like Dr....

    I would be wary of going to someone like Dr. Melamed, who on his website states "If your curve is greater than 45-50, it will very likely get worse, even after you are fully grown. This may increase...
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    No. I'm not even sure what strength baring is. ...

    No. I'm not even sure what strength baring is.

    I think it's a good idea to see the pain management doc. S/he almost certainly will want to try injections. They're not helpful for everyone, but...
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    Nancy... I've been told that pelvic tilts are...

    Nancy...

    I've been told that pelvic tilts are not appropriate for scoliosis prehab/rehab, so you might consider that your PT is making things worse instead of better. Just a thought.

    --Linda
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    Hi... I would also be concerned about the...

    Hi...

    I would also be concerned about the skeletal maturity issue.

    Where do you live? If possible, I'd recommend ensuring that the second ortho you see is a spinal deformity specialist.
    ...
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    There's always swimming and gentle water...

    There's always swimming and gentle water aerobics. Before my initial surgery, I did water aerobics about 5 times a week. While I could barely stand for more than a few minutes, I had no problem in...
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    It's possible that an injection might be helpful....

    It's possible that an injection might be helpful. Dr. Gupta will almost certainly refer you if he thinks it will help.
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    I think you mean Dr. Glassman (not Glasses).

    I think you mean Dr. Glassman (not Glasses).
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    Dr. Gupta is great. He's not just a great...

    Dr. Gupta is great. He's not just a great surgeon... he's a great person. He did his fellowship at Leatherman.

    Since Leatherman is also out of network, I think I would choose Dr. Gupta if it...
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    Exactly. The more complex cases that are taken...

    Exactly. The more complex cases that are taken on, the more bad outcomes, and thus the more bad reviews. We shouldn't always place blame on the surgeons who do complex revision surgeries. For the...
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    Hi... Not that it matters since you've already...

    Hi...

    Not that it matters since you've already decided, but Leatherman is actually a highly regarded spine center.

    https://www.nortonhealthcare.com/services-and-conditions/spine-care

    --Linda
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    Glad to hear you're doing well. Hope you never...

    Glad to hear you're doing well. Hope you never need more surgery.
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    VBT Approved for AIS

    https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-approves-first-its-kind-device-treat-pediatric-patients-progressive-idiopathic-scoliosis
  20. There are actually two such doctors: David...

    There are actually two such doctors:
    David Hanscom (https://backincontrol.com/)
    John Sarno (http://johnesarnomd.com/
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    Hi Patrick... I don't know if it's possible...

    Hi Patrick...

    I don't know if it's possible for you, but I would encourage you to try to get up to San Francisco to see Sig Berven at UCSF. He's very conservative, and is well known for only...
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    Hi Rita... I could have written this. Prior...

    Hi Rita...

    I could have written this. Prior to my first scoliosis surgery at age 42, I had a tremendous amount of pain. Thankfully, I was self-employed, so I could lay down in the late afternoon...
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    When my procedure was attempted, it was for a...

    When my procedure was attempted, it was for a DRG. It's placed in the same method as the SCS, so would be subject to the same complications for someone with a fusion.


    The side of the vertebrae?...
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    I had the same experience as Jackie. They...

    I had the same experience as Jackie. They couldn't get the leads placed because of my fusion. My surgeon feels they could do it, but it would have to be done under general anesthesia, which is too...
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    As with so many other devices, I would worry...

    As with so many other devices, I would worry about issues in the sagittal plane.
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