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Old 26-10-2011, 10:05 AM
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Hi all,
I am hoping for ideas/advice re 2 matters. Our 14yo daughter has a double curve of 60" which has been stable for 12 months. She has no pain & minimal obvious outward change. As playing rep basketball is her passion, we are struggling as parents as to whether to go ahead with the recommended surgery or to wait.
1.Are there any other parents who have had adolescents playing representative contact sport who have had surgery? If yes, were they able to go back to the same level post surgery?
2. Can anyone advise (by private message) if there are any Sydney scoliosis surgeons who have expertise/interest re the issue of returning to competitive sport?
Our other thoughts are to wait until she is 18/19 when perhaps the basketball passion has eased but of course don't want to cause more problems by delaying.
Any thoughts greatly appreciated
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Old 30-10-2011, 06:19 PM
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Your daughter sounds exactly like me!
Except I play rep netball instead of basketball. I had surgery for a 65 degree curve nearly 9 months ago, and I was able to return back to netball 6 months post op. I was going to wait until I was out of school, but the curve had been progressing very rapidly and I had surgery within 2 weeks of meeting the surgeon. My surgeon was in Brisbane, but he did keyhole surgery for me (i think there's only 2 in Australia who do it at the moment), so I was able to recover a lot faster than the normal method. And believe it or not, the 6 months off was actually good for me because it put things in perspective and allowed my shin splints to heal! I can do everything normally now, and even play rough again - although basketball is a bit more physical than netball, and I get less pain and I can run better because my lung isn't being crushed anymore.
Hope this helps, and if you have any questions just message me
Good luck!
Georgia
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Old 30-10-2011, 11:06 PM
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Awww Georgia, I was hoping youde jump in for reply. Youve amazed me with youre strength and courage. Both you girls sound simular, and can help each other on this journey. Georgia you are an ispiration, and are so possitive that its infectious.

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Old 31-10-2011, 06:43 PM
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Thanks Georgia and Tracy. It's really hopeful to hear your story Georgia Can I ask how old you were when you had the surgery? Also does anyone know if keyhole surgery for scoliosis is done anywhere in Sydney?
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Old 31-10-2011, 11:05 PM
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Hi there,

As far as I know, this is a very specialised field. Emily and Georgia have the same surgeon. I tried to PM you, but Im hopeless at this forum stuff? Never know where it goes? You could PM me as I can reply with e-mail to that. Wish I was better on the computer. Hope all goes well for you guys. Get a 2nd opinion if your not sure. I dont have an answer for you, You and your family and surgeon will decide whats right, as every case, and every family are different. All our children are special, and we just want whats best for them. Wish you all the best for whats right for you and your daughter. Weve all been, or are going through it, so thats what this forum is about...support.

Best wishes
Trace
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Old 01-11-2011, 09:48 PM
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Thanks Tracy, the forum is a really great source of support and information. We will get a 2nd opinion here in Sydney and then think it all over for a bit longer. I will be asking re the keyhole surgery as that sounds great but of course may not be applicable in our case.
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Old 01-11-2011, 10:09 PM
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Hi, Keyhole is only suitable to some curves. Our surgery involved two part, the first using thoroscopic staples, which are placed between vertibraes through ribs, requiring lung deflation, I think this is keyhole? Maybe Dr S can confirm? Depends exactly where the fusion is required. Its a bit over my head. Would you guys consider Brisbane if the surgery would be able to be done keyhole? Its all confusing, your daughter sounds like she really enjoys her sport, this is a major thing in our kids lives, our daughter took 7 months to get back to where she left in competitive sport, so I hear where you are coming from. Where theres a will, theres a way. Never give up!

Keep us posted on how its going,

Take care
Tracy
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Old 03-11-2011, 08:34 PM
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haha thankyou Tracy
I don't know if I'm completely right, but I'm pretty sure that both keyhole surgeons are in Brisbane, and you have to send in an x-ray before they will see you. I was 15 when I had the surgery, and turned 16 about a month later. About 2 months before the surgery (when I didn't know I needed it) I would have broken down if I knew what would happen to me in the next few months, but some unexplainable calm came over me when I first met the surgeon - I can't explain it, but for some reason I wasn't scared anymore (although my parents didn't feel the same way). I'm sure that you can go back to high level sport after normal surgery, but it just takes longer because you have to cut through back muscle and yucky stuff like that. Anyway, although it may seem daunting now (and it is), the time will pass so quickly, and it will only become a small window of your life - it's already seeming like that for me now.
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Old 03-11-2011, 09:57 PM
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Thanks for your posts and private messages, they have been a great source of ideas and support. We will find out more when we see the surgeon again later this month.We will go in with a list of specific questions and feeling more informed and prepared now.
It's great Georgia to hear you see it as a small window in your life now, as it is quite daunting at the moment.
I guess a plus for not waiting is not having the shadow of possible surgery hanging over the family. We will hope to make a decision in the next few months.
thanks again
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Old 03-11-2011, 11:34 PM
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Hey guys,
Your welcome Georgia a true aspiration.....Georgia Em was the same, she met our same surgeon, and said, if it has to be done, I want this surgeon, I was freaking out, but she was calm and ready for it. Because we are frequent flyers at hospital, nurses are same, wish I could name them, as they are beautiful, Em came out in recovery the best ever this time. Youde think shede had a nanna-nap!!!! Not 3rd surgery in 12 months? Hugging staff!! Medazalled...Very funny

Cheers guys
Tracy
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