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Thread: Why choose surgery?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2004

    Why choose surgery?

    At the current time I have a 65 degree scoliosis of the lower spine. There is discomfort and a little pain unless I pull muscles in my back which occurs 2-3 times a year. It is not daily but it happens now and then.

    After reading about the post operative pain and the amount of time to recoperate, I find myself wondering if I shouldn't wait for a while. I think that I now notice the discomfort more since I know I have this problem.

    What caused you to decide the time was right to go through this type of surgery? Was it the pain of day to day life? Was it other effects caused by the scoliosis? Something else?

    I'm still trying to get this figured out.

    Thanks for your guicance!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Northern California
    Hi neilswee...

    In my case, it was definitely the pain and loss of function. Having gone through it, I would personally recommend that you wait until you're certain it's the right thing.

    I can only guess how difficult it is to decide whether to have surgery when the symptoms aren't very severe. Good luck with your decision!


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Dallas, TX, USA
    i avoided surgery for years and was content to have long spells of pain followed by long spells of "normalish" life. finally this spring--after 2 years of unremitting pain and loss of function--i realized that it was time to have the surgery. finding a surgeon i like and trust was the final push i needed. once i decided i didn't look back for a second. i'm nearly 3 weeks post-op and i feel better than i did on my pre-op bad days. the difference now is that i know i will be better soon! wait until your instinct says it's time...

    Milwaukee Brace from ages 8 - 16
    T36 degrees/L56 degrees Pre-Op
    Fused T3 - S1
    Surgery done Sept. 15, 2004
    Dr. Robert G. Viere
    North Texas Spine Care @ Baylor

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2004

    just wanted to leave a note saying that if you continue to wait to have the surgery (like I did) your curve will just get worse which in the end will make the surgery harder for you. I was told I needed the surgery after wearing a brace for 7 years, at 45 degrees. I refused because I had no pain so I thought I didnt need it, until my curve continued to get worse until it was around 80 degrees, and I had TONS of pain. so I had the surgery, I still have pain but I am definitley PRO surgery and think waiting it out is not such a great idea. In my personal experience. I hope this helps!


  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    highland, mi

    I have surgery scheduled for Nov. 5 (upped it from the 12th to avoid any more anxiety!). This year became more pain than not. And my balance is way off. I was afraid of falling and breaking some bones.

    My surgeron said to me he is not operating because of the scoliosis. He is operating because of the stenosis. Some of my vertebrae are almost closed off around the nerves. So even though I am not in extreme pain all the time, this convinced me to go ahead. Also I am tired after 20 years of pain. Plus finding a highly recommended surgeon made the difference.

    Good luck
    24/35/57 deg
    posterior surgery
    scheduled 11/5/04


  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Vancouver B.C. Canada

    Post why I choose

    Have to large curves first of all which makes this a little different. but the curve is only going to increase and cause even more pain. for me what I decied was that it was worth going through a little bit more pain which i am not lookiong foward to. than be like this mya whole life with the curve or cuves getting worst. and the pain getting extremely bad.

    hope this helps
    Alexandra Jones

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