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Thread: Back to ballet 4 weeks post op

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2008

    Back to ballet 4 weeks post op

    The title references AIS but she was diagnosed at 5. A small typo perhaps.

    She was in pain per her letter. Dr. Hey appears to be one of the surgeons who is completely on board with scoliosis being associated with pain in kids to his great credit.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    This is a misleading. I am happy the little girl is doing great, but the picture shows the girl standing up straight, but it does not show her arching her spine, or bending to the side, or doing any other ballet moves. False advertising. You cant be a real ballet dance after having spine fused I don't think. Maybe you can do a few moves, but not most.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2009
    i totally agree...
    ballet is like the opposite of fusion...involves bending, arching,
    flexing, leaping, turning, twisting...almost all moves either
    forbidden or very limited after any kind of spinal fusion...

    i studied ballet many years ago...
    didn't know then why i was so very much stronger on one
    side than another...curves were small then, but i am sure
    they were there...

    i am happy for anyone who can dance after fusion...i
    just doubt they can be involved in ballet...

    jess...and Sparky

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2012

    Years ago when the MIT site was up, there was discussion of a ballerina in NY who had had surgery for scoliosis and was able to return to the dance...I wrote the doctor's name down and may have it...somewhere...Linda was the Moderator...


  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Northern California
    I've known ballerinas who were able to dance after surgery, though probably not professionally. If the fusion is thoracic, it would have relatively little impact on many bending moves.

    The letter states that the child was diagnosed at 5 and apparently had surgery 8 years later, at 13.
    Never argue with an idiot. They always drag you down to their level, and then they beat you with experience. --Twain
    Surgery 2/10/93 A/P fusion T4-L3
    Surgery 1/20/11 A/P fusion L2-sacrum w/pelvic fixation

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2009
    well...thoracic surgery only i can see it...
    even then...what of arching the spine...?
    so many positions require arching the back...
    which would be impossible with fusion of any length...

    and as far as fusion that goes thru the waist...i cannot see anyone
    in ballet being able to do so many moves IF they cannot bend
    due to fusion that includes the lumbar.

    jess...and Sparky

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