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Thread: Vertebral Back Surgery -- Any experiences??

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    Vertebral Back Surgery -- Any experiences??

    My 13 year old daughter was diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis last year. She has a 27 degree thoracic curve with a compensatory curve above. She has been wearing a Cheneau Brace for the past several months for 16 hours per day and is absolutely miserable. She has not adjusted to wearing it to school and is sad about it all of the time. We are considering the Vertebral Back Stapling procedure at Shriner's Hospital. I know a 15 year old girl who had the procedure in NYC last year and it seemed to go well.

    Does anyone have any experience with this type of surgery? My daughter is considering it because she cannot imagine wearing the brace until the 10th grade. The procedure seems to have a high success rate but I know it is new. I am worried about a surgery on her back, the associated risks and the fact that the staples are permanent.

    I would appreciate any information.

    Thank you,
    LMB

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    I replied to you on the other thread :-)
    mariaf305@yahoo.com
    Mom to David, age 17, braced June 2000 to March 2004
    Vertebral Body Stapling 3/10/04 for 40 degree curve (currently mid 20's)

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    http://pediatricspinefoundation.org/

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