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    Is there a great Adult Scoli Surgeon in Florida?

    Any help locating a great adult Scoli surgeon in Florida will be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Hi Kathi...

    I've heard good things about Grady McBride in Orlando and Harry Shufflebarger in Miami.

    --Linda

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    Florida surgeon

    Thanks, I'll be checking them out. Kathi

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    Florida Surgeon

    Linda: I ran across the name of Nathan Lebwohl while researching Grady McBride and Harry Shufflebarger. Do you have any knowledge of him that you can share?

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    Hi Kathi...

    I've seen him at meetings and seen his name occasionally, but don't think I know any of his patients. You can see his CV here:

    http://www.miami.edu/orthopaedics/lebwohl.htm

    --Linda

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    Florida Surgeon

    Hi Linda: Thanks for the info on Dr. Lebwhol. I've started looking into Drs. Grady McBride and Harry Shufflebarger as you suggested and both are interesting as well. Thanks much. Kathi

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    Any suggestions on great adult spine specialists in San Diego?

    Lily

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    Hi Lily...

    You might get more response if you start a new topic with something like "Looking for Adult Specialist in San Diego."

    Here are a few scoliosis specialists who treat adults, and whom I've heard good things about:

    Behrooz Akbarnia, La Jolla
    Susan Swank, Whittier

    Good luck!

    Regards,
    Linda

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    Hey
    i go to Miami Childrens Hospital and i've seen Dr. Shufflebarger he does about 300 to 400 surguries a year, so he is experienced. i might even have him as my sergeon

    Wish you luck,
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    Flordia Doctors

    HI
    I had Grady McBride in 1996 do a double rod fusion from T11 to Sacrum. He also fused anteriorly. I had pain for the next 10 years. It started 8 months after surgery and every time I visited him and tried to discuss the problem he slipped out the door. The last time I saw him I positioned myself in the doorway. He suggested my leg pain and inability to walk more than 300 yds was possibly my gallbladder.
    I saw him, Dr Bloom of Orlando, and Dr Tall of the Jewett Orthopedic Clinic prior to choosing him for my surgery. They were all superb doctors according to popular opinion.
    A year ago a friend of mine had spinal fusion with double rods similar to mine. He is experiencing severe pain 6 months post-op.
    Last month I underwent the removal of the rods Dr MacBride inserted. A portion of the 36 piece structure was loose and the nerve that had produced agonizing pain in my right shin was released. (I couldn't even stand the movement of air over the skin my neuralgia was so bad).
    Thanks to Dr Micheal MacMillian of Shands Hospital at University of FLorida in Gainesville, I walked over a mile today. He removed the rods and screwed L5 to my hips. I am recovery very well and although I've only had one post-op visit - I have to say I appreciated his bedside manner. According to his crew he has 26+ years of experience and has introduced some innovative successful techniques. If you are interested make an appointment. The best part of the ordeal was I never waited more than 4 minutes for any services: x-rays,CT scans, seeing the doctor. It was very smooth and efficient. note* I recall spending hours in MacBride's office, only to get his attention for 30 seconds.
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    Smile I am scheduled to have surgery with Nathan Lebwohl in Miami

    Hi Kathi, my nam,e is Dava and I live in Miami, and am scheduled for surgery oin Dec. 6 for a 66 degree cruve on my thorsic, they want to fuse from T2 - L1. I am going back to Miami this week to start giving blood and have new cat scan and exrays taken, mine are old, taken in March. I am going to be 65 and, they say the correction will be small but it will stop the progression of the curve. i am very active, golf, exercise, and want to do these things all my life. I am also an artist, painter and photographer. I researched Nathan Lebwohl and actually got another opinion from Dr. Lauerman at G. T. Univ hospital in DC., he confirmed what he would do. I feel that being at home will be better for my self and my husband, then being in another town, even with family around.

    My email is Davasart at aol.com phone is 305-725-9073

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    Not that this is any of my business, but based on my several years of experience with Dr. Shufflebarger, I would NOT EVER recommend this *doctor* to anyone. I do not want anyone else to have to endure what I have at the hands of this guy. Because of this guys mistakes, noone wants to touch me. Don't believe all the hype you hear about him. Also, just because some do 300-400 surgeries a year, does not always mean that's a *good* thing. Trust me.

    1981-Harrington/Luque instrumentation T9-L5 for 30 degree thoracolumbar curve. Dr. Shufflebarger
    1990-Revision surgery-Broken hardware/flatback deformity/pseudoarthrosis-Cotrel Dubousett instrumentation with extension into sacrum. (never done correctly) Dr. Shufflebarger
    1995-Revision surgery-Severe flatback deformity/kyphosis-Moss Miami instrumentation (T5-sacrum) with titanium cages (back/front/back procedure), thoracoplasty, total reconstruction with osteotomies. (surgeon did surgery while coming down with chicken pox and developed encephalitis with brain damage, etc during 14 hr surgery) Dr. Shufflebarger
    2005-Car accident-spinal cord injury/myelopathy from top of rods/hooks at T5. Surgery to remove hardware, with exception of cages. Permanent damage. Dr. Campbell
    2008-5th surgery pending for severe stenosis in cervical spine, as well as lumbar spine because of prior surgeries.

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    Dr Joseph Flynn jr.

    I went to several orthos over the years from south florida all the way up to north and central florida. i trusted no one but this man for surgeries and i have travelled 1 1/2 hours away to appts to see him. I went as far and to rent a villa for 2 weeks last year for the neck surgery to be close to his office and not travel back and forth for recovery. i have sent my family to him as well and if my kids ever need surgery for the scoliosis they have he will be my choice as well.

    http://spinedoctors.md/
    Diagnosed 11 at school screening, surgery 16.
    Had Harrington rods w/fusions.
    Luque-thorasic.
    Full term pregnancies,no major issues.sciatica with the first. Epidurals with C-sections
    2005:lumbar reconstruction, 2 plates, 6 screws in sacrum, and 2 cages with my own bone.
    2007: cervical surgery to correct 4 bulging discs, two fusions with cages using cadaver bone.
    Both of my daughters have scoliosis. Both were diagnosed by 7.
    http://spinedoctors.md/ Dr, Jospeh Flynn Jr

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    Nathan Lebwohl

    I was reading the thread about any good scoli doctors in Florida. I talked with Dr. McBride in Orlando about a month ago and he referred me to Drs. Eismont and Shufflebarger (not sure of spelling) in Miami. I was told that Dr. Eismont does not do scoli surgery so they referred me to Dr. Nathan Lebwohl. I looked at Dr. Lebwohl cv and am very impressed with his credentials.

    I have an "S" curve with my thoracic curve being somewhere between 72 and 75 degrees. My lumbar curve is about 50+ degrees. Dr. McBride said that he cannot do my surgery because of the severity of the deformity and lack of a dedicated team performing this type of surgery. He said it would need to be done in two stages.

    Does anyone have any first hand experience with Dr. Lebwohl? I would need to travel about 3+ hours to see him but I feel from what I've read the trip will be worth it.

    Thanks in advance for any replies.

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    Hello MBeckett.
    I have a few advisements pertaining to surgery done by people out of the town you are in. Take into account you have to travel for pre-op visits and post-op too. If you are three hours that seems like a lifetime after surgery. I am from Miami and after seeing about 8 down there I waited until I had a surgeon I could trust to preform the surgery. I waited for Dr Flynn Jr. in Orlando. Give them a chance to advise you to whom if not them. They take nearly every kind of insurance. He has done two surgery for lower and also my neck fusions. I will not go anywhere else and when my daughter turns 15 she will go to him for her kyphosis and scoliosis surgery. The number for them is 407-849-1200. His website is below this post. Good luck and feel free to ask any questions.
    Diagnosed 11 at school screening, surgery 16.
    Had Harrington rods w/fusions.
    Luque-thorasic.
    Full term pregnancies,no major issues.sciatica with the first. Epidurals with C-sections
    2005:lumbar reconstruction, 2 plates, 6 screws in sacrum, and 2 cages with my own bone.
    2007: cervical surgery to correct 4 bulging discs, two fusions with cages using cadaver bone.
    Both of my daughters have scoliosis. Both were diagnosed by 7.
    http://spinedoctors.md/ Dr, Jospeh Flynn Jr

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