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Old 17-07-2012, 08:30 AM
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Hi Everyone,
My daughter is 3 weeks post op and after showering on the weekend we have noticed that when looking at her front on she is really crooked. Her left ribs really stick out and she looks lop sided. She is now looking worse than she did before operation. I was wondering if anyone else noticed this after their childs operation and if it straightens up in time. I am quite concerned.
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Old 17-07-2012, 11:21 AM
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Hi

I was crooked and twisted looking for a while after op but not sure if it was as long as 3 weeks though plus I am 48 not a child.
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Old 17-07-2012, 01:00 PM
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Same! I was leaning very noticeably to the left and it freaked me out. But, over the past twelve months it has straightened up. I think walking is vital and really helps everything balance out again.
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Old 17-07-2012, 01:50 PM
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Thanks Christine and Rosie i have my fingers crossed that it will straighten out.
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Old 17-07-2012, 02:31 PM
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Hi Pina,

She will straighten normal, as she recovers. Initially after surgery, my 14 year old daughter had uneven shoulders, rib sticking out and the shoulder blade was uneven. As she healed and the swelling went down, she recovered as I hoped. Her shoulders are even, she is straight and no shoulder blade or rib is sticking out. I was told that the strightening has to do with gravity. Hang in there all will be okay.
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Old 18-07-2012, 12:31 PM
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Hi Pina,

My daughter had surgery Nov 2011, and yes, I too was freaked out by her crooked stance after surgery. Previous she had great posture from years of dance, and everyone was surprised when she was diagonsed with scoliosis.

Our specialist advised walking everyday, we started off with 20 mins walking a day (in the beginning 2 x 10 minute walks a day), and gradually increased to 40 mins a day. This helps the body to realign itself. I am pleased to say that she now looks as straight as before her surgery.

It is so scary when you see your child crooked, but walking for her made a big difference to her posture. To start with they were very slow walks, but as her stamina improved the walking became faster and the route longer!

Hope this helps. Our children are stronger than we give them credit for, you daughter will be bouncing around again.

Cheers, Kay.
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Old 19-07-2012, 10:07 PM
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Thanks Kay i'm so glad to hear this. Can you tell me roughly how long it took before she was back to being straight.
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Old 20-07-2012, 12:56 PM
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Hi Pina,

My daughter's posture gradually improved over time. Her op was mid Nov, and when she went back to school beginning of Feb, she was definately standing straighter. Of course, having lost so much weight after surgery didn't help the look either!

Also she had an anterior fusion, so I think that as the internal incisons healed, and the pain lessened she felt more confident that to stand straighter wouldn't hurt.

Hope this helps, any other questions feel free to send a private message if you wish, or ask online.

Cheers, Kay.
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Old 27-07-2012, 10:00 AM
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Thanks Magic,
Went to see surgeon yesterday and he told me that "it should" straighten up" but he didn't sound very convincing.
How long did it take you daughter to straighten up. Its been 5 weeks post op and i haven't noticed any difference yet. Maybe i should just relax a bit. she is getting frustrated with the way she looks and people are asking her why she's standing crooked.
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Old 30-07-2012, 03:52 PM
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Hi Pina,

When we went for the first post OP visit at 6 weeks, she was still not walking as we would have liked to see. Our surgeon explained that because of the pain they experience after surgery, they hold on to the position that causes less pain. Can't remember exactly but she had surgery in Nov and when she returned to school at end of Jan she was walking, tall and straight. We did not let her carry her school bag. She had a set of books in school and kept hers at home to revise. So that is important. She also complained that she could feel the rods to begin with, now feels nothing. Time will heal so be positive. Once our surgeon explained to us the reasons behind her walk, I stopped worrying.
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