Jess: An addition that I would like to make is that for persons with "Adult Onset Degenerative Scoliosis", the degree of the curve really is not relevant, it is the pain caused by collapsing discs, stenotic vertebrae, etc. My curve for example did not change in a year, but my pain increased phenomenally and my coronal balance went from maybe 4" to 11 something". So, I listed to the right side, had a huge kyphosis, a lot of pain and curves of 24 degrees thoracic and 36 degrees lumbar.
Originally Posted by jrnyc
One spinal surgeon seeing the change and degree of pain said, something like, "I cannot believe that someone in your shape wouldn't want surgery".
Dxed 8/2011: Degenerative Adult-Onset Scoliosis age 65
XRAY 1/2012: 25* T levoscoliosis/ 36* L dexroscoliosis w/ 4.1 cm coronal & 3.5 cm sagittal balance
XRAY: 12/2012: Scoliosis curve same, Coronal Balance increased to 11.2 cm. T kyphosis 90 degrees
Severe disc degeneration thoracic & lumbar, stenosis esp L4
Surgery: T3 to S1 Fusion w/ ALIF L4-S1/XLIF L2-4, PSF T4-S1 in 2 surgeries,
19 & 22 March 2013, Dr. Serena Hu @ UCSF
Postop incisional hernia @ ALIF incision, repaired 3/2014