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  1. Try Sam Bederman at UC Irvine.

    Try Sam Bederman at UC Irvine.
  2. Hi... It's definitely a dilemma. What does...

    Hi...

    It's definitely a dilemma. What does your current surgeon want to do? Before you commit, I'd encourage you to get another opinion, to see if it might be possible to do a limited fusion. ...
  3. Susan... If you can't afford to fly...

    Susan...

    If you can't afford to fly commercially, check out AngelFlights.

    http://www.angelflight.com/

    Linda
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    The National Scoliosis Foundation is the group...

    The National Scoliosis Foundation is the group that sponsors this forum. I assume Dixiesmommie means the Scoliosis Research Society. And, while the SRS is the best place to identify good surgeons,...
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    We use to routinely give patients any implants...

    We use to routinely give patients any implants that were explanted, but I haven't seen that happening recently. I've been trying to give our Pathology lab to release a broken rod so I can send it to...
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    Hi Sheila... I know, it can be quite...

    Hi Sheila...

    I know, it can be quite overwhelming.

    While I think narcotics can be helpful for acute issues, my personal opinion is that they're not a good long-term strategy. I think that many...
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    Hi Sheila... First, here's some names for you:...

    Hi Sheila...

    First, here's some names for you:

    Bart Sachs
    Medical University of South Carolina
    Professor of Orthopaedics
    169 Ashley Avenue
    P.O Box 250332
    Charleston, SC 29425
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    Hi Sheila... There are a lot of us here who...

    Hi Sheila...

    There are a lot of us here who had flatback and have had revision surgery. I can tell that there is life after revision surgery. While I'm not happy with my lack of flexibility, I'm...
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    I think if I were Dr. Boachie, I'd probably...

    I think if I were Dr. Boachie, I'd probably choose to do what he's doing. No surgery in the U.S. could ever be anywhere near as rewarding as something like THIS surgery, which isn't all that...
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    CSF leaks are pretty common in revision surgery,...

    CSF leaks are pretty common in revision surgery, but not very common in primary surgery in kids or adults. They are, however, one of the more common complications. In the short term, I understand...
  11. Yes, would prefer if the thread got back on...

    Yes, would prefer if the thread got back on subject.

    Susan probably has proximal junctional kyphosis, which is VERY common in adults. Perhaps the discussion of that can move over to Susan's...
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    I've known ballerinas who were able to dance...

    I've known ballerinas who were able to dance after surgery, though probably not professionally. If the fusion is thoracic, it would have relatively little impact on many bending moves.

    The letter...
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    Hi Rise... Broken implants aren't terribly...

    Hi Rise...

    Broken implants aren't terribly uncommon, but a lot more people THINK they've broken implants than have actually broken them. Most people whose rods break seem to say that they could...
  14. This is something I've heard a lot, but I haven't...

    This is something I've heard a lot, but I haven't actually seen anyone who has had surgery in recent years, whose rib humps were significantly larger at follow-up. It could be that certain...
  15. I think your podiatrist is correct. I've had...

    I think your podiatrist is correct. I've had things like calluses where I never had them before.
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    Hi Ed... Wish I had the time. I haven't given...

    Hi Ed...

    Wish I had the time. I haven't given up hope that I can pull off another one, but it's not looking good any time soon. I have, however, thought it would be interesting to change up the...
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    Hi... I think most people with T10-pelvis...

    Hi... I think most people with T10-pelvis fusions are eventually able to cut their toenails. Unlike Golfnut, I am unable to cut my toenails with a T4-pelvis PSIF. BTW, I personally think that...
  18. You can sometimes tell what part of the spine is...

    You can sometimes tell what part of the spine is causing pain by checking out the deramtomes:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermatome_(anatomy)#mediaviewer/File:Grant_1962_663.png
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    Unfortunately, it's far more common than you...

    Unfortunately, it's far more common than you think. As it turns out, it's not just lumbar lordosis that causes the symptoms of flatback. Getting the perfect amount of balance is far more difficult...
  20. Hi... I don't really know much about it. The...

    Hi...

    I don't really know much about it. The pelvic screw isn't meant to "hold" the SI joint. Removing the pelvic screw(s) is usually an option starting about 1 year postop.

    If you can find...
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    Yes, it's flatback.

    Yes, it's flatback.
  22. Thread: Rib humps

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    The ribs are attached to the thoracic spine and...

    The ribs are attached to the thoracic spine and as the spine rotates (a usual part of scoliosis), the ribs rotate as well. And, because there isn't adequate space for the ribs to rotate, they become...
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    As you age, you'll most likely find that you'll...

    As you age, you'll most likely find that you'll become more fatigued from the flatback.
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    Hi... SI joints can be fused, but my...

    Hi... SI joints can be fused, but my understanding is that the results are fairly poor. There are several tests to confirm that the pain is coming from the SIJ, and the implant manufacturers suggest...
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    I don't think the weight of the vertebrae changes...

    I don't think the weight of the vertebrae changes (at least not in a single day). Curves increase during the day because the discs lose fluid. They regain that fluid at night.
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