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26-11-2009, 09:03 PM
I've been saying that I don't think we know enough so perhaps I should be asking you.
What usually happens in hospital? How soon do they get the patient up and walking?
Is sitting usually for only very limited time?
When the patient comes home....what is expected with their day to day activities? Is it pretty much lying around most of the time for many weeks.
Are they able to move themselves around in bed a bit, like lying on their side, or is it just lying on the back for a long time?
Any useful hints to make things easier when they come home?

Hope that isn't too many questions? I hate being in the dark.

Thankyou in anticipation.


Dr Scoliosis
04-12-2009, 11:00 AM

First, I presume for the purpose of this reply that your daughter Lauren has adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) and it should be helpful to you to look at our website for information about this disorder at -


Scoliosis surgeons tend to have more or less fixed routines for pre and post operative management of their patients. These vary slightly from surgeon to surgeon. A lot depends upon the location of the curve, i.e. the upper or lower part of the spine, and whether the operation is done anteriorly through the chest or abdomen or from the back (posteriorly). Further, although a surgeon may set out on an operation with a particular plan for what he/she intended to do, some factor discovered as the operation progresses may lead to a variation of technique and, hence, there may be an alteration in the earlier planned post-operative management.

In the average patient who has a scoliosis correction with internal fixation (instrumentation) early mobilisation is encouraged. This is possible because of the very effective instrumentation (fixation). There has been wonderfully effective advances in the surgical management of AIS in the past 30 years. Before instrumentation was developed the AIS patients were kept in bed in plaster casts from their neck to their knees for 9-12 months and solid healing occurred in less than 50 percent of cases.

The staff in the hospital will be familiar with Lauren's surgeon's routines. Prepare a list of the questions you wish answered.

Our best wishes for a speedy recovery for Lauren.

Dr Scoliosis

Dr Scoliosis
13-01-2010, 03:01 PM
If after the consultation with your specialist you find that you have one or two important questions outstanding you could leave these with the specialist's secretary. Most specialists who deal with scoliosis have a set routine of follow up, return to sport etc. according to the nature of the problem. It is always a good idea to write a list of all your questions and take this along to your consultation.