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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)....
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  9. 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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    I agree there are risks to any surgery. I had to...

    I agree there are risks to any surgery. I had to sign a consent form for my son's surgery - and even though it was several years ago, that's not something you forget. And yes, surgeons are sued all...
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    I guess it's possible that anything can be a...

    I guess it's possible that anything can be a coincidence. I had not heard of any plans for him to retire, nor had the person who told me about the lawsuit (which could mean nothing). In any event,...
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    Dr. Boachie Named in Lawsuit

    I had heard that Dr. Boachie retired. Today, someone told me he closed his practice in NY and returned to Ghana and then forwarded me this article. My heart goes out to this poor girl.
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    Kudos to Wash U for being honest and allowing you...

    Kudos to Wash U for being honest and allowing you to make the decision based on all the facts. Very different from when Dr. Betz left Shriners (see my post above). They also did not automatically...
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    I agree that this could have nothing at all to do...

    I agree that this could have nothing at all to do with Dr. Lenke not caring about his patients (I'm sure he does). However, there could be non-compete clauses in his contract with WashU that...
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    Great post, Ed. And I see you emphasized the...

    Great post, Ed. And I see you emphasized the word "some" which cannot be stressed enough. There are still too many doctors (not just pediatricians, but sadly orthos as well) who don't know enough...
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    All good points, folks. Probably the thing I...

    All good points, folks.

    Probably the thing I agree most of all with is that pediatricians are clueless when it comes to scoliosis. I have educated more than a few in my time and I'm just a lay...
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    Thanks, Susie. I, too, am shaking my head at...

    Thanks, Susie.

    I, too, am shaking my head at how anyone could think something as simple, quick and non-invasive as a bending test is not necessary. They have to realize that it is going to help...
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    I believe the laws vary from state to state, but...

    I believe the laws vary from state to state, but I think it's crazy not to, at the very least, test these kids in school using the Adam's forward bending test. Maybe in cases where scoliosis runs in...
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    You might check with Dr. Darryl Antonacci, also...

    You might check with Dr. Darryl Antonacci, also in NYC (at the Institute for Spine and Scoliosis). I believe he may have some experience with this type of surgery.
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    Pediatric Spine Foundation

    I wasn't sure where to post this, but someone suggested adding a thread in the surgical section, so hear it is. The Pediatric Spine Foundation is a newly-formed non-profit foundation that will focus...
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    Good idea, I will post it there as well!!

    Good idea, I will post it there as well!!
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    Pediatric Spine Foundation

    I wasn't sure where to post this, but since this newly-formed foundation will focus largely on research (with a particular interest in fusionless techniques), I thought I'd post it in the research...
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    OMG, how horrible. I am so sorry to hear this...

    OMG, how horrible. I am so sorry to hear this news and will keep her family in my thoughts.
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