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    Average time of surgery?

    Hi everyone,

    Another crazy question right?

    Anyway, I just wondered what the length of time of scoliosis surgery is on average, obviously, I know everyone is different, however, I would be very interested to hear how long each and everyone's surgery was, and then just average out how long this surgery typically is.

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    Lynette - 44 years old.

    Pre-surgery thoracic 55 degrees
    Pre-surgery lumbar 85 degrees

    Post-surgery thoracic 19 degrees
    Post-surgery lumbar 27 degrees

    Surgery April 1st 2010.

    Posterior spinal fusion from T9 to sacrum.
    Dr. Cronen at University Community Hospital - Tampa, FL.

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    I think you will get a good idea if you specify anterior, posterior, or both, and if you say which vertebrae will be fused.

    Those will be tightly grouped for your particular type of curve and procedure EXCEPT there will be one outlier... Dr. Hey who seems to be able to do these procedures is much less time than anyone else.

    Good luck.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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    Good advice Pooka 1 - okay then, for anyone who has had surgery from approx. T9 to sacrum posterior only! Just interested to know how long approx. surgery can be - I know it can vary depending on complications, blood loss etc. - just for my own curiosity
    Lynette - 44 years old.

    Pre-surgery thoracic 55 degrees
    Pre-surgery lumbar 85 degrees

    Post-surgery thoracic 19 degrees
    Post-surgery lumbar 27 degrees

    Surgery April 1st 2010.

    Posterior spinal fusion from T9 to sacrum.
    Dr. Cronen at University Community Hospital - Tampa, FL.

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    Lynette--Not fitting that exactly but mine was also only posterior but more vertebrae--T2-sacrum and was 10 hours. I had cages and osteotomies also so that could be different from yours. They really are all different! Janet
    Janet

    61 years old--57 for surgery

    Diagnosed in 1965 at age of 13--no brace
    Thoracic Curve: 96 degrees to 35 degrees
    Lumbar Curve: 63 degrees to 5 degrees
    Surgery with Dr. Lenke in St. Louis--March 30, 2009
    T-2 to Pelvis, and hopefully all posterior procedure.

    All was posterior along with 2 cages and 6 osteotomies.

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    My son fused T4 to L1 (posterior only) went into surgery at 8 am, surgery complete at 4pm so 8 hours but this includes that he was put into traction during surgery
    mom of Patrick, age 15 at time of surgery
    diagnosed July 2006 curves T58 L 38

    Nov. 2006 curves T72 L38
    also lordoscoliosis

    feb.2007 curves T79 L43

    Surgery May 16 2007
    fused T4 to L1

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    Quote Originally Posted by LynetteG View Post
    Anyway, I just wondered what the length of time of scoliosis surgery is on average, obviously, I know everyone is different, however, I would be very interested to hear how long each and everyone's surgery was, and then just average out how long this surgery typically is.
    Mine was 4 hours ... maybe a little more. After about 30 minutes in PACU, I went to a regular room.

    And, yes ... they can all be very different: I just noticed Patrick (above) had the same fusion as me.

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    DAY 1--I had anterior and then posterior day one and that was 9 hrs. They took out vertebrae and put cages in and then flipped me over and started putting in the hardware
    DAY 2-- Is when they went posterior again and started to correct my spine I was in surgery for 11hrs. They set the alarms off twice so I guess they had to let my spine rest.. they also cut my side I'm not quite sure as to what they did that for lol.. I was never told anything they told my mom everything..But hopefully when I go back on March 9th I will ask him all about it.

    27 year old female
    Upper Curve 110 degrees
    Lower Curve 90 degrees
    Surgery with Dr. Wood at MGH 1/11/10 && 1/14/10
    Fused T2-Pelvis
    Back looks amazing and no more Hump! ^_^

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    Hi. Dr. Lonner told me that my surgery, minimally invasive anterior through the side and then posterior, would be 8 to 10 hours. Dr. Boachie was going to do posterior only and that would have taken 4 hours. Hope that helps. Joy

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    Mine, T4-Pelvis with laminectomies and osteotomies, took 8.5 hours approx.
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    Wow - thanks for all your responses, I guess it was a crazy kind of question as everyone is so completely different to the other, depending on so many variables. Just scares the heck out of me knowing I'd be under anaesthesia and opened up for so many hours - wish I could stop being so scared.

    I feel like every time I'm thinking of the next few months, it's almost like there is a black cloud hanging over me, however, I've planned to take my mum and my boys to Orlando for a mini vacation once I've recovered and feel well enough - so that gives me something to focus on and look forward to.

    Is anyone else a big huge baby like me? I get scared going to the dentist, and the gyno, so this kind of operation - well....
    Lynette - 44 years old.

    Pre-surgery thoracic 55 degrees
    Pre-surgery lumbar 85 degrees

    Post-surgery thoracic 19 degrees
    Post-surgery lumbar 27 degrees

    Surgery April 1st 2010.

    Posterior spinal fusion from T9 to sacrum.
    Dr. Cronen at University Community Hospital - Tampa, FL.

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    Some of us here share the world record for scaredycatness. Believe me, we know how you feel. I got help - anti-anxiety medication. It helped a LOT. If I hadn't, I'm not sure I'd have been able to turn up on the day. But, it wasn't as bad as I feared. And many of us get a feeling of calm in the last few days. You will get plenty of support here!
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    My surgeon told me it would take 4 hours and ended up being 7.5 hours due to L5 defect.
    45L/40T
    Surgery 25/1/2010
    Australia

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    Scoliosis Corrected 25/1/2010 by Dr Angus Gray, Prince of Wales Private Hospital, Sydney. Fused T3-L4.

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    I had posterior T11 - S1 and anterior L4/5-L5/S1. I went in at 8.30am and went to recovery at about 4pm. I think th surgeon said he finished at 3.45pm.
    Both were done in the same surgery.
    Vali
    44 years young! now 45
    Surgery - June 1st, 2009
    Dr David Hall - Adelaide Spine Clinic
    St. Andrews Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia
    Pre-op curve - 58 degree lumbar
    Post -op - 5 degrees
    T11 - S1 Posterior
    L4/5 - L5/S1 Anterior Fusion

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