Hi all,

My 15yr old daughter (a dancer) had spinal fusion with thoracoplasty Jan 27, 2014. Her surgeon was very pleased directly after the 8.5 hr procedure, saying there was an 80 percent correction. At the 3 week post-op x-ray, he could not explain why the 51 degree right thoracic curve was not better than 24 degrees. He expressed surprise and dismay as to how crooked my daughter still appeared, and did not hold out much hope of improvement over time as her body recovers.

The correction was only to the upper part of her back where the spine itself was deformed -- there are no rods or screws on the lower back. The surgeon said the lower half should straighten out in a sort of reaction to the correction of the upper half.

If anyone has words of wisdom, I'd be grateful.