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Thread: Is the age 49 or 50 to old for revision surgery?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2005

    Is the age 49 or 50 to old for revision surgery?

    Hello to everyone:

    I am 49 years old and have had already multiple scoliosis surgeries in my lifetime, none of which were very successful, at least in reference to what they are doing today. My last surgery was in 2001, which there were a lot of complications, not in the surgery itself but with the "aftercare." The hospital was not very well staffed. And certainly was not equipped or knowledgeable for handling severe scoliosis surgeries. And for some unexplainable reason my doctor who performed the surgery has never given me a referral for a second opinion, even though I have asked on numerous occasions. It is almost like he does not want another scoliosis surgeon reviewing my case or the surgery that was performed by him. Maybe I'm just paranoid, but I am almost 50 now and was hoping that there might have been a few more advances in scoliosis revision, and just possibly I may have a chance on getting just a little better before it is too late in my life. Thank you very much,

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Dallas, Texas

    Talking Get the best!

    make an appointment with someone else. 49 or 50 is not too old. If you
    absolutely have to have surgery, use a surgeon recommended on this
    forum, even if you must trave a bit. Its worth it. Take your x-rays
    with you; you paid for them. Don't wait till you are in your 60's and
    you have austeopena. 49 is still young and you will recover faster.
    Kathleens rose

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    Join Date
    Apr 2005


    Thank you Kathleen, have you ever heard of Dr. Boachie in New York

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    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Boachie is an incredibly well know surgeon and is very higly respected.

    Dec 15th, 2003 @ age of 20
    Posterior Fusion and CD Horizon instrumentation T2-L1.
    Surgery by Dr. Herkowitz- Beaumont Hospital of Royal Oak, Michigan
    Excellent correction of 52 degree single left thoracolumbar curve. Slight curve remains in unfused lumbar region but seems stable.
    February 5, 2005- Failed Scar Revision Surgery
    September 17, 2005- 2nd Failed Scar Revision.

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