View Full Version : Choosing surgery

07-20-2006, 11:54 AM
How bad do things have to be before you select surgery? Can only the physician make that call? Has anyone had surgery for cosmetic reasons only? I am afraid if I wait the risks will be higher than now when I am fairly young and in good health. Any advise?

07-20-2006, 12:15 PM
Hi Midwest...

I think it's different for everyone. Some of the things that surgeons generally look for in adults are: curves >50 degrees, documented progression, significant back pain, and loss of function. In addition, in borderline cases, I think many surgeons would want their patients to try some conservative methods before embarking on surgery.


07-20-2006, 12:25 PM
Hey Midwest,

You sound a lot like me. My curve is "moderate" at 34 degrees (both lumbar and thoracic but it causes me constant pain and I have a rib hump due to the rotation of my ribcage. The cosmetic deformity is the main reason I want the surgery. I have a lot of body image issues and I wrote a letter to the surgeon explaining exactly why I want the surgery and documenting my depression, self-loathing, self imposed isolation etc. due to the scoliosis. I am also working with a therapist who will work with the surgeon (if need be) to allow him/her to better understand why I feel the way I do. I have a lot of health issues and I deal just fine. But this is the last straw. Every person has their breaking point and this is mine. was molested as a child and because of that my body image is terrible! The hump on my back is crushing me. So yes, I want surgery for cosmetic reasons. I have to believe that there must be 1 surgeon in the US who will operate on me.

07-20-2006, 12:44 PM
I really want the surgery and I do understand the risks. I work in the medical profession and see cosmetic surgery for almost everything these days. I hate the way I look and feel. I avoid so many things and am always trying to find clothes that will somewhat cover my hump. I just wish I knew what to do. My crystal ball seems to not be working.

07-20-2006, 01:28 PM
Midwest, you could be my twin!! Seriously! Please email me if you like...I haven't run across anyone else who is battling this ugly condition the same way Iam with the same concerns as me!


07-20-2006, 04:48 PM
Hi Midwest,

do you know the degree of your curve(s)?

07-20-2006, 08:09 PM
I will find out my measurements Friday. I was diagnosed as a teen and went to a specialist who wanted to brace me. My parents were divorced and we had no health insurance, so no treatment. I really just lived with the ridicule and pain. Lately I can feel changes in my body shape and the pain is becoming more severe. It feels like the options are very limited.

07-20-2006, 10:55 PM
I am 38 and wore a brace as a teenager, then I have pretty much ignored it for 20 years. I did go through some Advil though,lol. Last year I could no longer ignore it Advil didn't work anymore. I have a 55 degree lumbar curve which is borderline surgical, but because of disc problems and stenosis I will be having surgery on 9/6 and 9/8. The pain has affected my life and is stopping me from doing things that I want to do. That is the ultimate decision for surgery.

07-21-2006, 05:41 AM
You may want to keep in mind that besides pain, these severe curves can affect the positioning of your organs...they have in my case....
My lower lumbar curve has scrunched my stomach so bad that I can't eat much at all by dinner time.....
60/60 c...surg Aug 1st http://lynnebackattack.blogspot.com