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    Mary Lou Guest

    Pediatric Surgeon in PA

    My 13 year old daughter has Kyphoscoliosis and is probably facing surgery. Can anyone give me the name(s) of a good pediatric orthopedic doctor in the Hershey, Pennsylvania area? We've been referred to Dr. Lee Segal in Hershey. Thank you. Any input would be helpful.

    Mary Lou

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    The surgeons at Shriners in Philly have extensive experience treating children with scoliosis and kyphoscoliosis. I don't know Dr. Segal's experience, but I would find out if he's a pediatric specialist, and how many children he has treated with your daughter's type of kyphoscoliosis. Good luck.
    Carmell
    mom to Kara, idiopathic scoliosis, Blake 19, GERD and Braydon 14, VACTERL, GERD, DGE, VEPTR #137, thoracic insufficiency, rib anomalies, congenital scoliosis, missing coccyx, fatty filum/TC, anal stenosis, horseshoe kidney, dbl ureter in left kidney, ureterocele, kidney reflux, neurogenic bladder, bilateral hip dysplasia, right leg/foot dyplasia, tibial torsion, clubfoot with 8 toes, pes cavus, single umblilical artery, etc. http://carmellb-ivil.tripod.com/myfamily/

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    Philly docs

    Hi there,

    I saw Philly Shriners on a list of best doctors and have heard good things about the female surgeon there. Also, Children's Hospital came in on the top 100 hospitals in US News and World Report recently.

    If you look on the Scoliosis Research Society website, there is a search engine for finding scoliosis surgeons in Philly and the names are listed there.

    Good luck!

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    Mary Lou Guest
    Carmell and Irmb....

    Thank you for your suggestions. We've also heard great things about Shriner's of Philly and actually, my daughter has been seen there by Dr. Betz. Dr. Betz is an excellent surgeon but he is two hours away from our home. To get into his surgery schedule, it will take six months to one year. My daughter doesn't want to wait that long. Also, due to circumstances, it just isn't feasible for us to travel that far for surgery.

    We have a Children's Hospital in Hershey, which is ten minutes away from our home. That is where Dr. Segal is located. He is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, he has offered names of patients who have had surgery for me to talk to and we have a family conference October 6th to discuss things in more detail. I guess I need to be patient and wait until October 6th. One thing for sure, we won't be deciding on a surgeon just because of the location of his office.

    Thanks again for your help.

    Mary Lou

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    Hi Mary Lou,

    I am glad to see that you won't determine where the surgery will take place just out of convenience... that's not a valid argument (IMHO). Our children's hospital is 2 hours away - this is our home away from home. When Braydon needed a surgery that was not available here, we traveled nearly 1500 miles to get him the right care he needed, at the right time. It was inconvenient and expensive, yes, but something we had to do. We are very fortunate that our local children's hospital is now able to provide the same care for Braydon (and other children). We no longer have to travel to Texas twice a year. Traveling 2 hours for his care is our "norm".

    I hope you will post the information you gather from the Oct 6 meeting. I haven't heard about Dr. Segal, which is why I'm hesitant about his experience with kyphoscoliosis. This isn't like the surgery for the common adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. I would make sure he knows what he's doing. But I know you already know that. I do know Dr. Betz has quite a lot of experience with this type of scoliosis treatment.

    We'll be anxious to hear how you are doing...
    Carmell
    mom to Kara, idiopathic scoliosis, Blake 19, GERD and Braydon 14, VACTERL, GERD, DGE, VEPTR #137, thoracic insufficiency, rib anomalies, congenital scoliosis, missing coccyx, fatty filum/TC, anal stenosis, horseshoe kidney, dbl ureter in left kidney, ureterocele, kidney reflux, neurogenic bladder, bilateral hip dysplasia, right leg/foot dyplasia, tibial torsion, clubfoot with 8 toes, pes cavus, single umblilical artery, etc. http://carmellb-ivil.tripod.com/myfamily/

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