Hi All,

I am new here.
My daughter had her spine fused T2-L3 to fix her double major curve (T57, L51) about 3 weeks ago. She is 13yr3mo, 8 months post menses. She is a very short girl 4 feet 8 1/2 inches.

Immediately after the surgery when she did her first walk in the hospital, her trunk appeared to have grown taller and she seemed at least an 1 1/2 inch taller. We did not bother to measure her height at the hospital as it was obvious she had gained some height and we were pleased.

2 days post op she started to have some posture problems (leaning her head forward, rolling her shoulders inward) they attributed this to her reaction to pain and before discharge physiotherapist gave her a few exercises to do at home. Her posture seem to have approved now. The x-ray on the day of discharge looks very good, her curves have almost fully straightened out. Rib hump slightly visible.

However, a few days back, we felt her trunk was not as tall as when she was in the hospital and when we measured her height on Sunday we found out she was only 1/4 inch taller. Obviously we are all disappointed. She had very high expectations about height gain.

Her surgeon had told us she must have grown at least 1 1/2 inch. We reached out to him and he says she might not be standing straight due to pain and we should measure her again when she feels better. However, she does not have pain anymore.

Anybody have any idea what's going on? Is it normal to lose some of the initial height gain a few weeks after the surgery. Would some of the hardware have alreay failed?

Thanks a lot.