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Old 02-03-2013, 06:01 PM
Kiwicurves Kiwicurves is offline
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Hi from NZ, I don't believe we have a forum like this here so I hope you don't mind me hopping the ditch for a bit of support for my 13yr old daughter.

I noticed slight curvature in her spine just before Christmas and took her Osteopath as soon as the office opened in early Jan. X-rays revealed 2 curves in their 30s and he referred us to a orthopaedic surgeon specialising in Adolescent scoliosis 2 weeks later. She is a competitive swimmer and I have been watchful for scoliosis due to another teen swimmer having it so I was alarmed at how rapidly her back was curving.

Within 4 weeks the curves were 56 Thorasic and 45 Lumbar and a new smaller curve starting at her neck. With the rapid onset, surgery has become a priority and in less than 3 weeks she will be having T2 - L4 fused.
Thank goodness I kept medical insurance as the public wait is seemingly neverending, and private is certainly beyond our financial means. Even with insurance there is a shortfall of $10k.

Question is with regards to sports, those who have had surgery ... have you been able to return to normal sports. And particularly would love to hear from anyone who swims, or competes in swimming sports. There is certainly question over whether she will be able to tumbleturn. Love to hear from you.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:14 PM
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Just wanted to say welcome! I hope some of our teens reply to you and tell you about the sports they play. I have been on the American forum for over 4 years and often read about teens who have the surgery, getting back to sport amazingly soon and it seems not to stop them doing anything they want to do. There are also sportswomen who have reached the pinnacle of their sports, with the surgery. The one that comes to mind is an American golfer, name escapes me at the moment. Your daughter will retain the majority of her flexibility, being fused only down to L4, so it shouldn't stop her from doing well in swimming. Anyway, I hope there are some teens popping into this part of the forum, so you can get their word for it! Best of luck!
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:23 PM
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Hi , just wanted to let you know that my daughter who is also a competitive swimmer had fusion T4-t!2 on 28th June 2012. She is now in full training in the pool. Tumbleturns are back to normal,dives are fine and she is swimming butterfly again (this is considered the hardest stroke post surgery). Her respiration is improved as her curve was high throacic with quite a lot of rib rotation impacting on respiration. Sophie went back onto the pool 3 months post surgery and has had no pain at all. I am not sure how fusing down to L4 would be in comparison to T12 but certaibnly your surgeon would be able to tell you. Sophie is also allowed to run and ride her bike on the road now and is aiming for a triathlon at the end of April as she is a triathlete as well as a swimmer. Hope this helps a little. Please feel free to private message me if you want any more information.
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Old 03-03-2013, 05:56 AM
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Thanks Ladies, that is certainly reassuring. Her surgeon is very good and certainly has an excellent reputation, but I find him a little unapproachable ... its like being in the headmasters office !!
Thank you for your post Jane, its great to hear from a swim mum who understands and has been through this. She struggles to train now as her back is in constant pain but has been doing some great times regardless. It will be interesting to see if her stroke actually improves after surgery once she is straightened up.
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Old 24-04-2013, 05:31 PM
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I am amazed at the resiliance and strength of my 13 year old. She had her surgery on 21 March, was back at school 3 weeks post surgery, and today managed her first laps in the pool ! YAY, its great to see her progressing so well.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:51 PM
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It's wonderful to hear how well your daughter has recovered from surgery. My 14 year old son is scheduled for surgery in August. I've found this forum to be so supportive and love to hear the success stories. Thanks for sharing and letting us know her progress
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Old 26-07-2013, 12:20 AM
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Hi everyone. Some news on what you can expect 12 months post surgery. After confirmation that it was ok to do so from our wonderful surgeon, a year down the track sophie skiid at Blue Cow for 4 days then at Cardrona in NZ for 3 days. She went all over the mountains and skiid as proficiently as pre-surgery without a single worry from her back. She also climbed on a glacier and went blackwater rafting (tubing) in a glow worm filled cave where she climbed and swam through the underground river too. Amazingly I got talking to a lady from NZ on a skilift and her daughter has to have a fusion too. It's a small world! Best wishes to everyone for their recoveries and surgeries.
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Old 13-08-2013, 08:43 PM
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Hi Jane, that's so awesome to hear. We are now 4 months post surgery and Leah is swim training as normal, diving and tumble turning and competed in her first post surgery swim carnival last weekend ... with a 4 second Personal best on one of the swims. She doesn't have full strength or stamina just yet but is doing really well. She was a little self conscious of the scar to start with but the kids she competes against have been super cool, and in awe of what she has endured this year ... I think she is her own worst critic.
She still sees her Osteopath every 6 weeks as we have noticed continuing minor shoulder and rib rotation since the surgery, but otherwise we are really happy with her progress.
I'm quite surprised that she had continued to get taller, she 'grew' 4cm overnight when her back was straightened and has since grown at least another 5cm in the past 4 months.
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Old 17-08-2013, 09:11 PM
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So glad to hear that your daughter has done so well in her recovery - she is amazing to do the PB so soon after surgery. Sophie and I have been in the pool this afternoon and now she is looking at doing some pilates and spin cycle classes at our local fitness centre too. Wow - that is huge growth too. Sophie only grew 2cm at surgery but probably has grown another 1 since then. She wants to stop now as she does not want to be taller than her lovely boyfriend! What treatment does the osteopath give for the continuing rotation?
Hope all continues along the wonderful path it is taking right now.
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Old 27-08-2013, 12:14 PM
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Hi there,

My 13-year-old daughter was fused T4-L1 11 weeks ago. She is also a competitive swimmer (swam at Australian national age championships this year a couple of months prior to surgery with a 65* thoracic curve).

She was cleared to go back to training last week but her surgeon has said she's limited to kick drills until early December. Have any of the other swimming families here experienced the same thing? Luckily she loves kick (hates pull) but I think she's going to get a bit frustrated.

We completely understand the need to allow time for the fusion to "take" but haven't seen anywhere else where the kids aren't allowed to use their arms in swimming.
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