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Thread: Nate's VBS Update and Photos/Xrays

  1. #31
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Congratulations, Gayle and Leah!!!

    Wow, 12 degrees!!! Seems like only yesterday you were in the agonizing stages of waiting for a surgery date. I could not possibly be happier for you guys that things have turned out so well!!!!! Your post made my day :-)
    Mom to David, age 17, braced June 2000 to March 2004
    Vertebral Body Stapling 3/10/04 for 40 degree curve (currently mid 20's)

  2. #32
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Thanks, ladies! Yes, time flies, and it is so good to be on the other side of surgery. I guess what most impresses me about VBS is that it is actually a definitive treatment of the curve, a way to permanently reduce the curve without fusion. Since I was a "sucessfully" braced child myself and still ended up needing a major fusion surgery in my early 40's, I am happy that VBS offers Leah a chance to avoid all the back problems I have been through as an adult.

    Leah has been involved in a fabulous running and positive health program called Girls On The Run this spring, which trains them to run a 5K race. She completed a practice 5K successfully a few days ago, and loved it.
    Gayle, age 50
    Oct 2010 fusion T8-sacrum w/ pelvic fixation
    Feb 2012 lumbar revision for broken rods @ L2-3-4
    Sept 2015 major lumbar A/P revision for broken rods @ L5-S1

    mom of Leah, 15 y/o, Diagnosed '08 with 26* T JIS (age 6)
    2010 VBS Dr Luhmann Shriners St Louis
    2017 curves stable/skeletely mature

    also mom of Torrey, 12 y/o son, 16* T, stable

  3. #33
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Seattle, WA
    That is such great news about Leah! Her x-ray looks virtually straight. I am so impressed with that procedure and I wish my son's scoliosis had been treatable with VBS.


    Mother of Alexander & Zachary:
    Alex is 16 years old and in the 11th grade. He has congenital scoliosis due to a hemivertebrae at T10. Wore a TLSO brace for 3 1/2 years. Pre-op curves were T45 & L65; curves post-op are approx. T31 & L34. Had a posterior spinal fusion from T8 to L3 on 7/12/07 at age 12. Doing great now in so many ways, but still working on improving posture.
    Zach is 13 years old and very energetic.

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