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. I had a body cast for about a year 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