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Old 26-05-2010, 10:55 AM
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Question Down the Track Problems

Hi Dr Scoliosis, I had the Dwyers Wire operation in 1987 at age 18 and my main problem at present is difference in leg length which was not picked up by the surgeon that did the operation until about 1995. Since then the difference in leg length has increased over time due to I suppose just wear and tear and of course the main problem is that it is making me look more crooked than I was prior to the operation. I do have a raise on my shoe but it is obviously never going to be the same as having both legs at the same length. I am considering going down the path of having the shorter leg lengthened which is not what my original surgeon is in favour of due to my age. Would you please have some advice for me as raised shoes never seem to be comfortable enough no matter how accurate the measurement is and I still seem to end up with pain in all sorts of areas. Dean
Old 02-06-2010, 09:27 AM
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Inasmuch as you were a near-adult at the time of your surgery any difference you have since noticed in your spinal balance will not be due to changes in your leg length. Something must have altered in your spine either above or below the area which was fused.

Generally speaking, leg lengthening is an operation which is rarely done in adult life because the risk of complications is high. If leg equalisation is performed, it is much safer to shorten the longer leg. Most leg length differences in adult life can be accommodated by modifications of footwear and there are a number of options available.

It is strongly recommended that you see a spinal specialist to obtain the best advice. Doctors who specialise in this form of surgery and who are members of the Spine Society of Australia are listed on our website and you will need to be referred by your family doctor. When you go to the consultation you should take all your previous x-rays.

We trust this information is helpful.
Old 02-06-2010, 11:49 AM
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Thank you Dr Scoli for that important advice. I do have an appointment Friday week with a specialist. Thanks Dean
Old 21-06-2010, 09:20 AM
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You are correct Dr Scoli it is in the spine again and not the legs. Unfortunately I now have pelvic scoliosis which is the cause of my leg length difference. Another fusion is required to hopefully straighten me up and bring my legs back into alignment. Regards Dean

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