Hello,

I was born in 1959 with numerous congenital birth defects including severe spinal scoliosis (don't know the degree). At age five (1964) I had what I was told a "total fusion" of the spine. Only the last three lumbar disks were not fused. No rod was placed. The surgery was done at Children's Hospital in San Francisco through the Shriners.

I have had a fairly normal childhood & adult life that has been relatively pain free. I am wondering if there is anyone out there that has had a similar experience? What can I expect as I grow older? Is my spine & experiences worthy of research? Is there an Los Angeles orthopedic doctor that specializes in spinal fusions like mine?

Thomas Hamlett