I'm just curious as to how many people have traction during surgery.
My son had his surgery just recently (May 16) and was fused from T4 to L1.
I knew he would be put in traction during his surgery and the surgeon assured me it was very safe. I didn't ask any more about the procedure more because I didn't really care to know the details. I was however very surprised after the surgery to see four bandages just above his knees on the inside and outside of each leg. Apparently as part of the traction they put a pin or screw through the femur (leg bone) and also screw into the skull. He never had any pain afterwards from this, I just found it quite remarkable that this was how they do traction.
Also he had quite a large ribhump and the surgeon said beforehand he didn't need to cut any ribs in order to get rid of it. I questioned him repeatedly on this and it was true, he didn't cut any ribs and his rib hump is not perfect but dramatically less. He also had a really good correction, from close to T80 to mid 20ish and this was after his bending xrays suggested he was very stiff.
I never see anyone talking about traction during surgery. Is this common or uncommon?
And have others more or less lost their ribhumps without doing a thoroscopy?