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    Dr. Hey - many cases including a "truss" instrumentation

    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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    Sharon

    Incredible! That’s quite an Eiffel tower she has going on…..

    Looks like 2 pelvic anchors on the left side and one on the right. Would sure like to see more views……

    She has such a pronounced lordosis that the main rods had to be stopped up higher because of the sharp bend….Dr Hey knew he couldn’t bend those suckers….the rod integrity would have been compromised. A 1” radius wouldn’t work and would break sooner.

    You know that they have “pre bent” rods. Mine were pre bent with kyphotic and lordotic curves in a jig to eliminate a stress in one area…….bending should be done this way over a larger area. Pre-bent rods reduce surgical time…..(important!)

    For those interested in bending of rods…..(I know, boring stuff) Virginia Tech
    http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/ava...RyanPilson.pdf

    For those “seriously” interested in bending things at least in a production environment.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2d6hMTFP9w


    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 58, the new 53...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
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    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    "This was a very nasty kyphoscoliosis that we straightened up nicely, using new proximal fixation technology that helps prevent proximal junctional kyphosis (PJK)"

    I wonder if Dr. Hey is talking about new technology that is available to all surgeons, or if it's something new he developed and he's the only one using it. PJK is something I worry about, and it's one of many reasons I'm in no big hurry to have surgery. I would likely be fused T10 to sacrum, but I could end up developing PJK and then I'd need another surgery to have the fusion extend up to T4 or so. From what I've heard, they don't have a full understanding of why some people develop PJK. Maybe that's changing.

    Dr. Hey (and his brother!) seems to be amazingly innovative. My first thought was that truss thing was kind of ugly/bulky... but if it works, who cares?
    Age 44 (now 48). "Mild" curve (and pain) at age 16.
    No x-ray, brace or followup as a teen.
    Told curve wouldn't progress or need treatment.
    Chiropractor said I had a 22-degree TL curve, at age 20.
    Non-SRS surgeon said curve is 46 to 51 degrees, at age 44.
    SRS surgeon thinks curve is 42-degrees thoracic, 39-degrees lumbar, age 44.
    Also have bilateral pars defect at L5.
    Considering surgery due to pain.

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    I know he has discussed his invention of a u-bar type thing to help avoid PJK. He went to MIT and was an engineering major as I recall. Others may have invented other things also but I think he has one he invented. It will be interesting if he published on this when he has enough cases.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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    This man is a genius. I will be seeing him in a couple of weeks for ongoing pain. I hope he can come up with something for me.
    Sally
    Diagnosed with severe lumbar scoliosis at age 65.
    Posterior Fusion L2-S1 on 12/4/2007. age 67
    Anterior Fusion L3-L4,L4-L5,L5-S1 on 12/19/2007
    Additional bone removed to decompress right side of L3-L4 & L4-L5 on 4/19/2010
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    Quote Originally Posted by loves to skate View Post
    This man is a genius. I will be seeing him in a couple of weeks for ongoing pain. I hope he can come up with something for me.
    Sally
    Sally, I hope that he can help you. I know that you have tried many things and want to be more active. Keepus posted!
    Susan
    Adult Onset Degenerative Scoliosis @65, 25* T & 36* L w/ 11.2 cm coronal balance; T kyphosis 90*; Severe disc degen T & L stenosis

    2013: T3- S1 Fusion w/ ALIF L4-S1/XLIF L2-4, PSF T4-S1 in 2 surgeries
    2014: Hernia @ ALIF repaired; Emergency screw removal surgery for Spinal Cord Injury at T4,5 sec to PJK
    2015: Revision Broken Bil T & L rods and no fusion: 2 revision surgeries; hardware P. Acnes infection
    2016: Ant/Lat Lumbar diskectomy w/ 4 cages + BMP + harvested bone + prayer

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    I hope so Sally. Please let us know how your appointment goes. Best of luck!
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
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    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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