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    Any other young adults with thoracic curves 35+?

    My daughter is 19. She wore the Milwaukee brace when she was growing and ended up with thoracic curve of 32 and lumbar of 26. Now she is 19. We just found out that her curves have worsened! Thoracic is 38 and her lumbar is 29. Is there anyone else out there that has had their curves worsen after they have stopped growing? We thought we were "home free" and now we may be looking at surgery.

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    Hi
    Years ago I was told my curves would stop once I stopped growing, but today we know that is not the case. Some adults are lucky and it stays the same. I would suggest being monitored like I was. I went to an orthopedic surgeon once a year for 6 years and had x rays. Each year my curves became worse and in all likelihood would continue to progress my entire life. I didn't want to have a 90 degree curve when I was 60 years old, so I had the surgery.
    Jenn
    37 y/o female
    60 degree lumbar
    45 degree thoracic
    1st time anterior/posterior surgery May 8th and 10th 2006
    T 5 to S 1
    NYC

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    How old were you when you had surgery? Do you have children? We wonder if our daughter should have the surgery after college when she is 21 (if her curves are above 40 by then) or is she should wait longer.

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    Hi Red...

    (I got your PM.)

    According to the research I've read, MOST curves under 40 degrees at the time of skeletal maturity will not increase. Unfortunately, not everyone fits that mold. If your daughter were mine, I would not rush toward surgery, at least until you've documented more progression. Her curves may become stable. I'm not a medical professional, but I've certainly known a lot of people with scoliosis. Waiting 5-10 years, while watching the curves, probably won't make any difference in recovery, and you may find that she's able to avoid surgery altogether.

    Regards,
    Linda

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    Thank you. It is nice to hear an opinion from another point of view. Of course, the surgeon is leaning towards corrective surgery but I guess waiting a few years really may not make a difference (except she may not worsen)! Whether the curves are 40 now or 50 later, they can both be corrected about the same. Also, a 19 year old and a 25 year old would probably recover about the same. I appreciate your insight. Thank you.

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    I agree with Linda and it is exactly what I did. I waited and measured until it was obvious that my curves just weren't going to stop. I just had it last month and am 33. I don't have any children yet.
    Jenn
    37 y/o female
    60 degree lumbar
    45 degree thoracic
    1st time anterior/posterior surgery May 8th and 10th 2006
    T 5 to S 1
    NYC

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    Richard McCarthy

    Is anyone out there familiar with Dr. Richard McCarthy in Arkansas? Several years ago, I saw a segment on TV regarding a scoliosis surgery he performed and got 100% correction. I don't think the girl was even braced after surgery.?????

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    i 1st had a 43 degree curve by the age of 18 years it was 50 degrees. I had surgery done by Dr Gupta in CA
    Kara
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    Brace 4-15-05-5-25-06
    Posterior Spinal Fusion 3-10-10
    T4-L2
    Before 50T
    After 20T

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