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    Finding a specialist in the SRS website

    What criteria does SRS use to consider a surgeon a specialist and include them in the finding section of their website?

    Can someone specify to me why is it important to choose a fellow from the scoliosis research society?
    What training do they have?
    -please be specific
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    Linda will know more details but the main requirement is that at least 20% of your surgical cases must be spine.

    While an SRS surgeon is known to have interest and expertise in spine, some surgeons have similar bone fides but don't join the society. Ed and my twins are three people who got excellent results with non-SRS surgeons. The main thing is finding someone who does many spine surgeries.

    It is interesting to note that we were referred to a non-SRS surgeon by an SRS surgeon. The SRS surgeon sent his own daughter to the same non-SRS surgeon we were referred to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pooka1 View Post
    Linda will know more details but the main requirement is that at least 20% of your surgical cases must be spine.

    While an SRS surgeon is known to have interest and expertise in spine, some surgeons have similar bone fides but don't join the society. Ed and my twins are three people who got excellent results with non-SRS surgeons. The main thing is finding someone who does many spine surgeries.

    It is interesting to note that we were referred to a non-SRS surgeon by an SRS surgeon. The SRS surgeon sent his own daughter to the same non-SRS surgeon we were referred to.
    Thanks, Pooka :-). You are always helpful. It seems to me that some top surgeons (some still) afilliated to the SRS are developing newer techniques and/or treatments. And new surgeons do not seem attracted to join in. Well, it is what it seems. I don' t hang out with these surgeons but I overheard that some are parting ways. That is, shifting the focus of their research.

    I can't assure what I have written. Rumours, only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richardis View Post
    Thanks, Pooka :-). You are always helpful. It seems to me that some top surgeons (some still) afilliated to the SRS are developing newer techniques and/or treatments. And new surgeons do not seem attracted to join in. Well, it is what it seems. I don' t hang out with these surgeons but I overheard that some are parting ways. That is, shifting the focus of their research.

    I can't assure what I have written. Rumours, only.
    In UK it's the other way around as well. We have top spinal specialists in London not on BRSF -
    or SRF - they are doing new techniques and the stuff BSRF put does not mention it. The stuff BSRF put out is old and outdated! Min you a lot of the info on the main site here is quite old too

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    Quote Originally Posted by burdle View Post
    In UK it's the other way around as well. We have top spinal specialists in London not on BRSF -

    or SRF - they are doing new techniques and the stuff BSRF put does not mention it. The stuff BSRF put out is old and outdated! Min you a lot of the info on the main site here is quite old too
    Burdle, the SRS in an international society. Even UK doctors can join in. In reality, there are UK doctors that are members of the SRS.

    The thing is, there are members of the SRS writing book chapters in medical textbooks about VBT. You are absolutely right when you say they omit information about new treatments. And the section of the "patient stories" on the their website (SRS) are only portraying the successful ones. So they should change the title of that section to "successful stories of patients", because there are a lot of unsuccessful stories.

    And if you look at the history of the SRS you may verify that they are clearly in a period of a "crisis" and losing prominence.

    This is not understandable as they are "the scoliosis research society", so something is happening behind the scenes. I am suspecting that there are some intense arguments between the members so it may be possible that a new society to research scoliosis will emerge in the near future. Some opposing views may be the reason for this. And the societies could coexist. It will be up to junior doctors or surgeons which one they choose to join.

    We, as patients, should demand more. But it is impossible to democratize breakthroughs in the field so some patients will always be the lucky ones and some may have to wait a little longer or even worse, they will never have access to these advances of medicine.

    But there are good news. Fusion will be reversible in the future, or so I think. Regenerative medicine is real.
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    Quote Originally Posted by richardis View Post
    Burdle, the SRS in an international society. Even UK doctors can join in. In reality, there are UK doctors that are members of the SRS.

    The thing is, there are members of the SRS writing book chapters in medical textbooks about VBT. You are absolutely right when you say they omit information about new treatments. And the section of the "patient stories" on the their website (SRS) are only portraying the successful ones. So they should change the title of that section to "successful stories of patients", because there are a lot of unsuccessful stories.

    And if you look at the history of the SRS you may verify that they are clearly in a period of a "crisis" and losing prominence.

    This is not understandable as they are "the scoliosis research society", so something is happening behind the scenes. I am suspecting that there are some intense arguments between the members so it may be possible that a new society to research scoliosis will emerge in the near future. Some opposing views may be the reason for this. And the societies could coexist. It will be up to junior doctors or surgeons which one they choose to join.

    We, as patients, should demand more. But it is impossible to democratize breakthroughs in the field so some patients will always be the lucky ones and some may have to wait a little longer or even worse, they will never have access to these advances of medicine.

    But there are good news. Fusion will be reversible in the future, or so I think. Regenerative medicine is real.

    Yes I agree but I think we have to demand that these societies that call themselves 'International;' and Research' have to 'step up' The reason they exits after all is because 'we exist'. It is not acceptable for them to be outdated - patients have no-where lese to do for information!

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