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    Neurosurgeon or Orthopedic Surgeon

    Is one type of surgeon preferred over the other in scoliosis fusion surgery? Does it depend on the problems the scoliosis is causing?

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    Deformity surgery is relatively new in the world of neurosurgery, but it's been around long enough that there are now some well respected surgeons. I don't think it makes all that much difference. Whomever you choose, I recommend (if possible) finding someone who was fellowship trained at one of the universities known for deformity surgery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaRacine View Post
    Deformity surgery is relatively new in the world of neurosurgery, but it's been around long enough that there are now some well respected surgeons. I don't think it makes all that much difference. Whomever you choose, I recommend (if possible) finding someone who was fellowship trained at one of the universities known for deformity surgery.
    Which Universities are those, Linda? I tried googling but didn't come up with much except Washington University in St. Louis?
    Would an older surgeon be expected to come from one of these schools?

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    Tina, these are the 3 main centers....There are others, but these are the main ones.

    HSS Hospital for Special Surgery NYC
    https://www.hss.edu/hss-spine.asp#tab-2
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hospit...pecial_Surgery


    TCSC Twin Cities Scoliosis Center (SRS Scoliosis Research Society founded here in 1966)
    https://www.tcspine.com/conditions-t...ons/scoliosis/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scolio...search_Society


    UCSF University of California San Francisco
    https://www.ucsfhealth.org/conditions/scoliosis
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UCSF_Medical_Center


    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 61, the new 61...
    Pre surgery curves T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tina_R View Post
    Which Universities are those, Linda? I tried googling but didn't come up with much except Washington University in St. Louis?
    Would an older surgeon be expected to come from one of these schools?
    I would say the top 3 are:

    Columbia
    Wash U
    UCSF

    There are dozens of others, however, that also have good programs. For example:

    Norton
    Hospital for Special Surgery
    Temple
    Twin Cities
    Scottish Rite
    Johns Hopkins
    Thomas Jefferson
    Stanford
    Texas Back Institute

    It's also relatively important to know WHEN someone did their fellowship. For example, someone who did their fellowship at Hospital for Special Surgery when Dr. Boachie was there, got excellent training.
    I'm unsure of how great the training is since his departure. And, it's always important to remember that where a specialist did their fellowship is not a guarantee that they're a good surgeon, but it's at least a place to start your search.
    Never argue with an idiot. They always drag you down to their level, and then they beat you with experience. --Twain
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    Surgery 2/10/93 A/P fusion T4-L3
    Surgery 1/20/11 A/P fusion L2-sacrum w/pelvic fixation

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    By the way, back to your original question, the fellowships that I mention are all Orthopaedic fellowships. I'm sure there are good Neurosurgery programs that specialize in spinal deformity, but I don't have a clue who they are.
    Never argue with an idiot. They always drag you down to their level, and then they beat you with experience. --Twain
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    Surgery 2/10/93 A/P fusion T4-L3
    Surgery 1/20/11 A/P fusion L2-sacrum w/pelvic fixation

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    Thanks for the info about universities.

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