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    Columbia essentially had no spine treatment prior...

    Columbia essentially had no spine treatment prior to Lenke moving to NY.

    Again, hopefully you won't need any additional surgery, so it's not something to worry about now. If you find out you...
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    When Lenke moved from St. Louis to NY, he brought...

    When Lenke moved from St. Louis to NY, he brought almost his entire team with him (fellows, nurses, anesthesiologists, OR techs, etc.). I'd be shocked if Schwab isn't doing exactly that. At this...
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    Both scoliosis and MVP are relatively common, so...

    Both scoliosis and MVP are relatively common, so it's no surprise that some of us would have both diagnoses.

    https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/70/3/451
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    I agree on the job front. If you can find...

    I agree on the job front. If you can find something you love, that allows you to alternate between sitting and standing, you stand a better chance of living without pain. I always tell people with...
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    While it's common to have some discs removed...

    While it's common to have some discs removed during deformity surgery, it's rare that all discs are removed. That doesn't mean there won't be problems if there is a non-fusion. (I don't know if...
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    Almost all deformity specialists also do other...

    Almost all deformity specialists also do other types of minor spine surgery, and most non-deformity surgeons do a small number of deformity surgery.
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    I would want to have someone with a lot of...

    I would want to have someone with a lot of experience in removing implants. If the only surgeon you can find to remove implants is someone who isn't a spine specialist, I would be very concerned.
  8. Here's an interesting article that addresses...

    Here's an interesting article that addresses weighing risk vs. reward:...
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    What is done depends on what is causing the pain....

    What is done depends on what is causing the pain. Typically, some of the implants are removed, and some of the vertebrae may be reshaped before the implants are replaced, but truly, every case is...
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    Hi Rita... Dr. Berven is my surgeon, and I...

    Hi Rita...

    Dr. Berven is my surgeon, and I also worked for him for about 10 years. I'm happy to talk to you if you'd like. He's very conservative, which is why I think he's a good surgeon. He...
  11. Thread: Ask a Doc

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    Ask a Doc

    The Scoliosis Research Society has a new gig:

    Do you have a question about a spine curvature condition or treatment? Submit your question and one of the Ask a Doc panelists will reply. Your...
  12. No one really knows the rate of life-altering...

    No one really knows the rate of life-altering complications, but I think most would quote it to be somewhere between .5%-2%. Most people with the most common complications are treated successfully,...
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    I just hadn't heard that lucency was a reason to...

    I just hadn't heard that lucency was a reason to remove or replace implants, unless there was pain or loss of correction. As I said, however, it's certainly possible that it's true.

    --Linda
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    Hi Susan... I haven't heard this, but it could...

    Hi Susan...

    I haven't heard this, but it could absolutely be true. (I retired in 2017, so don't get to hear the scoop from surgeons every day.) The good news is that it is typically a fairly...
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    Hi.... You might want to talk to a...

    Hi....

    You might want to talk to a psychologist. They can help with the anxiety. I think it's best to get a handle on it before you undergo surgery.

    As far as finding a doctor, you might want...
  16. Thread: Flat Back

    by LindaRacine
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    Tina... Obviously, none of us know what is...

    Tina...

    Obviously, none of us know what is going on with your spine. Your surgeon could just be a jerk, or it's possible that they're completely stumped. If I felt like you do about my surgeon,...
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    Iatrogenic flatback is caused by a lack of...

    Iatrogenic flatback is caused by a lack of perfect sagittal balance created during spinal fusion procedures. It's a very complex calculation, and even the very best surgeons create some amount of...
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    None of that is absolute.

    None of that is absolute.
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    Yes...

    Yes
    https://thejns.org/focus/view/journals/neurosurg-focus/15/3/foc.2003.15.3.8.xml#:~:text=Iatrogenic%20loss%20of%20lordosis%20is,stand%20upright%2C%20and%20back%20pain.
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    If you can find a physical therapist who...

    If you can find a physical therapist who specializes in gait analysis, they might be able to help.

    --Linda
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    Hi Sharon... Correction of flatback is...

    Hi Sharon...

    Correction of flatback is relatively common for the surgeons who perform a lot of complex spine surgery, even for older individuals. I don't know if it's a possibility for you, but I...
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    Can you tell if it's your legs, spine, or...

    Can you tell if it's your legs, spine, or something else?
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    I'm not sure that building muscles will really be...

    I'm not sure that building muscles will really be all that helpful in terms of recovery. And, you'll almost certainly loss any built up muscle mass during your recovery. If it were me, I'd do...
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    I was in the hospital for 12 days for my original...

    I was in the hospital for 12 days for my original surgeries and 5 days for my revision surgery. It will depend on your age, what procedures will be done, and what complications (if any) you have.
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  25. Sorry to be so blunt, but... The truth is that...

    Sorry to be so blunt, but...

    The truth is that the actual procedure and implant selection usually isn't done until a few days before surgery. If you ask a surgeon what they'll use, they'll give...
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