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    2.5 hours surgery? Really?

    I'll introduce myself in a bit-- but wanted to ask here about this story from Utah:
    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/7...g-surgery.html

    or
    http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=15400736

    The story says that the doctor, John Smith, at Primary Children's Hospital in Utah, has a technique that makes fusion surgery very quick with an easier recovery, but the short description there doesn't really tell what the difference is. So is there really anything unique about this? (I ask because I'm 52 and getting ready for surgery myself).

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    Dr. Hey in Raleigh seems to do a lot of really quick fusions, on the order of 2.5 hours. I think if she had a short fusion, 2.5 hours isn't jaw-dropping.

    Here's Dr. Hey's blog...

    http://drlloydhey.blogspot.com/

    Per the written info our surgeon gave us and what actually happened with both my daughters I would say her recovery was average. There are kids on this group though who had faster recoveries.
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    Okay I looked at the video on one of those links. She seems to have had an 11-level fusion as far as I can tell.

    I'm skeptical that surgery lasted only 2.5 hours especially given the general need for those writers and reporters to get out more and get an accurate perspective. Some facts appear to need checking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pooka1 View Post
    Okay I looked at the video on one of those links. She seems to have had an 11-level fusion as far as I can tell.

    I'm skeptical that surgery lasted only 2.5 hours especially given the general need for those writers and reporters to get out more and get an accurate perspective. Some facts appear to need checking.
    I agree. I think it's hype. At the very lease, I suspect they're not counting from "skin to skin."

    Regardless, I would never choose a surgeon based on this criteria. Having a surgeon who that brags about how fast hey can get something done is pretty scary. The same is true about surgeons who brag that their patients require a lot less narcotic.
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    I suspect they were having a slow news day there in Wherever, Utah. While this stuff might be news to the general public, is appears to be a run of the mill AIS fusion situation. I found no indication that there was anything unusual with this case compared to any number of testimonials on this forum and elsewhere.
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    Thanks!

    Thank you all for the responses. I was a patient at Primary Children's back in the early 70s when I wore a brace for my scoliosis. I'm getting ready to have surgery in June, in San Diego, and wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something important. I do know that it's not that easy for adults.

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    Good luck with the surgery, Paula. Even though you are older now, the instrumentation is much better compared to the 1970s.

    My only question about the material you posted is the surgeon's name, "Dr. John Smith." I always wonder if people with that name are in the Federal Witness Protection Program. :-)
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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