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  1. 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...
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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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  14. 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...
  15. Fellowships in spine surgery (both orthopaedic...

    Fellowships in spine surgery (both orthopaedic and neurosurgery) can give new surgeons the opportunity to be involved in a large number of complex surgeries. Unfortunately, most attending spine...
  16. Ed... I totally disagree with many of your...

    Ed...

    I totally disagree with many of your questions. What are you going to do with all the information about the products that your surgeon uses, or the procedures they think are best for your...
  17. Hi... Those are really great questions. If...

    Hi...

    Those are really great questions. If you have a lot of questions, I would consider asking the surgeon if it's OK to record your conversation. Unless you have an extraordinary brain, I can...
  18. There used to be a lot of kids here, but they...

    There used to be a lot of kids here, but they eventually moved on. I've found the same thing happening with almost all scoliosis support efforts for kids. I think that they are interested for...
  19. Hi Erin... Unless you're in a lot of pain, I...

    Hi Erin...

    Unless you're in a lot of pain, I would urge you to wait awhile to have surgery. While a large lumbar curve can be very painful, it usually isn't considered to a health emergency. ...
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    Probably. The notes from each of your office...

    Probably. The notes from each of your office visits. In many clinics, I think the office visit notes are not part of the hospital record.
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    Only if the institution where you were treated...

    Only if the institution where you were treated acquires another institution where you want to be evaluated.

    If you're concerned that your surgeon will share information that might influence other...
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    I don't know about everywhere, but at UCSF, all...

    I don't know about everywhere, but at UCSF, all doctors have access to all patient records, provided there's a medical reason for accessing a record. I suspect a patient could opt to have their...
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    Are You Kidding Me?

    I've been following Dr. Hanscom's BLOG for several years, and have a great deal of respect for him. His most recent post has a lot of good info about making the decision to have surgery.
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  24. Hi Ginny.... Like many here who have come...

    Hi Ginny....

    Like many here who have come before you, you're really between a rock and a hard place. Losing the functionality of standing and walking is really tough. But, it's important to...
  25. Nope. I think there are some instruments that...

    Nope. I think there are some instruments that might be an issue, but probably only if they're played for many hours a day, but I can't imagine that guitars would be a problem. Play on!
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