jacquih26MemberApril 13, 2011 at 5:40 amPost count: 1
My 13 year old daughter is currently scheduled to have surgery on 19th July in Dallas TX for a 50 degree curve. As a parent I am extremely anxious about taking this step but know it is something she needs. Today she had an MRI. I watched your videos on how to read an MRI (although I am still lost) they were very interesting. What is general will stop a surgeon from performing this surgery and do you recommend getting a 2nd opinion prior to surgery. Don’t get me wrong I love our doctors but I know there is also some degree of measurement error so if she is only at 51 degree curve could it hurt to wait a little longer or should she do this surgery while she is still young. I just worry she will have issues as she is older. I tried attaching her x-ray and mri but it would not work.Donald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorApril 14, 2011 at 9:58 amPost count: 8614
Your daughter being 13 years of age with a 50 degree curve most likely will need to be fixed. I assume this is a scoliosis and not a hyperkyphosis (a curve from the side view).
The reason scoliosis needs to be surgically fixed in a young girl is that the curve will most likely advance. Over the years with a significant spinal deformity- real problems will occur that you don’t want your daughter to face. Yes- scoliosis surgery replaces a curved but supple spine with a straight (or straighter) but stiff spine at the levels fixed.
I never think a second opinion is a bad idea and there are many places in Texas that do a good job with scoliosis surgery. Good luck.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
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