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    I know I've said this many times, but I like to...

    I know I've said this many times, but I like to remind folks that grafts are taken from the iliac crest (which is part of the pelvis), and not the hip. The reason I make a point of this is that I've...
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    I would assume it was a swab for testing for...

    I would assume it was a swab for testing for infection.
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    A CT-myelogram is pretty much the norm for adult...

    A CT-myelogram is pretty much the norm for adult deformity surgery. I've had several of them. While I find it's never very comfortable laying on a hard table, and, depending on what they're trying...
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    As far as I can remember, I have not heard of...

    As far as I can remember, I have not heard of anyone else with this issue.
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    If surgeons had to list every single nerve that...

    If surgeons had to list every single nerve that might be injured, it would probably take hours to get through the complication discussion.

    It's really unfortunate when these things occur, but in...
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    Hi Fran... I also have Zielke implants on the...

    Hi Fran...

    I also have Zielke implants on the front of my spine. They are stainless steel.

    People have revision surgeries at all ages. I've known people all the way from their teens, into...
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    Yes, this would still not be an emergency

    Yes, this would still not be an emergency
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    Who's going to do the testing? In terms of...

    Who's going to do the testing? In terms of Schroth, there is some evidence that it helps, at least on a temporary basis. The thing we don't know is what happens to these patients over the remainder...
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    Nope. As far as I know, only Joe, myself, and...

    Nope. As far as I know, only Joe, myself, and the person who posts, are able to remove previous posts. I definitely didn't do that, and I can't imagine Joe would, as he never gets involved without...
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    I think you're approaching this intelligently. ...

    I think you're approaching this intelligently. If you do core strengthening, I believe it's absolutely possible to hold off problems... maybe not forever, but at least for awhile. And, if you...
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    BINGO. 100% agree.

    BINGO. 100% agree.
  12. While I'm not a medical professional, I don't see...

    While I'm not a medical professional, I don't see anything unusual here. If you want to know if there is a problem, look at the radiologist's report, or talk to your spine specialist.
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    Ask your surgeon for a referral to an...

    Ask your surgeon for a referral to an occupational therapist who should be able to figure out how to function safely.
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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.
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    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...
  24. 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...
  25. 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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