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    At UCSF, the standard of care for deformity...

    At UCSF, the standard of care for deformity surgery follow-up is 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year.

    --Linda
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    He may, indeed, have lied. But, the source...

    He may, indeed, have lied. But, the source photos would not be cropped or masked. That would have hopefully occurred at the time your photos would have been submitted for meeting presentations or...
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    I'm sure it depends on the doctor. I've had many...

    I'm sure it depends on the doctor. I've had many conversations with scoliosis doctors, and the subject of patients feelings about such photos. Industry standards are that all patient data,...
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    That reminds me of a time before I even knew I...

    That reminds me of a time before I even knew I had a significant scoliosis issue. I had started having neck pain, and was seeing a chiropractor three times a week. Nothing seemed to work. At one...
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    Tina... It depends on the surgeon, and whether...

    Tina...

    It depends on the surgeon, and whether you've enrolled in a study. After a year or two, there's no actual reason to see your surgeon, as long as everything is going OK. If you have...
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    CTs take significantly less time than MRIs. I...

    CTs take significantly less time than MRIs. I have tremendous anxiety about going into an MRI tube, but no problem with CTs. The top of the CT tube is also considerably further away from your face...
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    I think it probably depends on the center, and...

    I think it probably depends on the center, and whether or not you have access to other specialists close by. At UCSF, they usually make it very difficult for patients to see multiple spine surgeons...
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    I don't know if it's always the same, but the two...

    I don't know if it's always the same, but the two CT myelograms I had were a little more involved. After injecting the dye, they had me contort into several different poses to get good radiographs...
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    Tina... Never isn't even close. It totally...

    Tina...

    Never isn't even close. It totally depends on the patient. For older patients who just want to reduce their pain, some may have the option of a one or two level fusion, while others have...
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    Unfortunately, I think it is. If movement isn't...

    Unfortunately, I think it is. If movement isn't stopped, the pain isn't likely to dissipate. That's especially true in scoliosis. Decompression without fusion in the setting of an asymmetrical...
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    I think that stenosis is usually painful because...

    I think that stenosis is usually painful because the movement of bone can irritate a nerve, and the pain can be fixed with fusion because it (fusion) stops movement. For some reason (unknown to me),...
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    Sorry about that. I don't know whether I picked...

    Sorry about that. I don't know whether I picked it up from Ed's post, or made an assumption. It is fairly unusual to have severe neurologic symptoms without pain. Not that it lessens your issue,...
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    If your pain area is at or near an instrumented...

    If your pain area is at or near an instrumented fusion level, I don't think an MRI will be of any use. I'm not, however, a doctor.

    --Linda
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    Tina... It's not always possible to know the...

    Tina...

    It's not always possible to know the cause of a patient's pain. Because of the curvature of the spine, it's not always obvious that there's nerve root impingement (that is, I think the...
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    That is correct. Not all surgeons use the same...

    That is correct. Not all surgeons use the same procedures. Doing smaller surgeries to fuse just the degenerative segments in patients with degenerative scoliosis is usually done by more conservative...
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    Hi Mamichi... Scoliosis, in and of itself,...

    Hi Mamichi...

    Scoliosis, in and of itself, does not typically cause pain. What it does cause is degeneration (typically degenerative discs and stenosis), which are the typical causes of back pain...
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    When I start a course of PT, I always tell the...

    When I start a course of PT, I always tell the therapist to find 3 or fewer exercises that will help. There's no way I'm going to keep up with a bunch of exercises. I want to be able to do...
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    Depending on one's age, some much older patients...

    Depending on one's age, some much older patients have gotten relief from smaller surgeries. Unfortunately, doing smaller surgeries on middle aged adults, often (if not always) leads to destabilizing...
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    Definitely, but a good PT will come up with...

    Definitely, but a good PT will come up with exercises that fit your environment. Because of knee issues, I have a major difficulty getting up from the floor, so my therapists are always having to...
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    That's the single most important factor. Doing...

    That's the single most important factor. Doing exercises in PT is just to learn them. You should plan on figuring out a program with your therapist, that works for you now and in the future. I...
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    I personally think PT is a really good idea,...

    I personally think PT is a really good idea, though some people just don't have the ability to have it. If you have access and your surgeon agrees, I would definitely go.

    Your gait may not be...
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    What PT does depends on each individual's issues....

    What PT does depends on each individual's issues. Most typically, they'll work on gait and core strengthening.
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    I assume you mean hypokyphosis, not hypnosis. :-)...

    I assume you mean hypokyphosis, not hypnosis. :-)

    The amount of kyphosis in a "normal" spine is 20-40 degrees. This refers to the "hump" in the thoracic area of a normal spine. When the...
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    Please check with your surgeon's office before...

    Please check with your surgeon's office before you get into a bathtub. Many surgeons restrict patients from this activity during the early recovery period.
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    There are a lot of different SIJ implant systems....

    There are a lot of different SIJ implant systems. Not all are triangular shaped rods. For example: ...
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