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Old 18-09-2011, 07:36 PM
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Default HELP, I am sure my 16yr old has scoliosis

Only today we have compared her back to pictures shown here online and there is no doubt that she has it..Reason we are beside ourselves is my husband has spondylythesis and he is having his 3rd spinal surgery in 2 weeks time.... Now my poor girl ...I am ringing the doctors first thing in the morning to book her in on thursday as thats when I am already booked in, but I will also explain the situation and hopefully the doctor will arrange an x-ray so we can get it done before thursday , hence saving some time.... My daughter ( Emily ) is totally freaking out , she doesnt want to have to wear a brace... I was thinking of taking her x-rays to my husbands surgeon for an opinion other then a GP's.... Thank you all for posting in this forum, it is very informative
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Old 19-09-2011, 07:44 AM
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Hi Tupperchick
Our son is the same age and had surgery 4 weeks ago. We didn't notice it until earlier this year when it was too late for bracing, he too would have hated to wear a brace. We also booked straight into a GP who ordered x-rays, then referred us to a specialist. There are many people here with great advice and stories. Good luck, I know how scary it is but try not to panic!
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Old 19-09-2011, 04:38 PM
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Thanks Sue, can I ask did you go public or private for your sons surgery??? If private what were the costs ? Just want to be prepared as my husbands surgery is going to cost us $7000 out of pocket thats after our health fund and medicare make the contribution.... We are on the Sunshine Coast Qld... Just found out today my cousin also has scoliosis but more so the lower part of her back...Cant find any other family history....So my GP wont organise an xray until she sees Emily on Thursday as she wants to order the right scan, she may go straight for an MRI ( heres hoping )
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Old 19-09-2011, 06:38 PM
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We have private cover, and paid out of pocket expenses of just over $1000 for the op, but I've read others saying they've paid up to $9000 even with private cover, so I have no idea why the difference. We are in Adelaide and if we had gone public, I think we still would have had the same surgeon but would have had to wait longer. Keep us posted.
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Old 22-09-2011, 06:46 PM
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EMILYS XRAY REPORT
CLINICAL: Further assessment scoliosis

FINDINGS:
A/P and lateral radiographs submitted.
There is a marked rotoscoliosis concave to the right, the apex of which lies at T10 and with a further scoliosis concave to the left, the apex of which lies at L3.
The remainder of the vertebral bodies are normal in alignment.There is no evidence of any congential hemi or butterfly vertebrae.
Disc spaces and appendages are well maintained.



So fellow mums and dads they didnt tell me the degrees grrrrr...

GP has agreed today to send us straight to a specialist considering our history with spines in this family.. She did talk about an exercise program but she explained that the hump that Emily has will probably not go unless we had surgery..Emily has asked us to go for a surgery option because the hump is so well big.
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Old 15-10-2011, 10:25 AM
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Hi, we are only new to this as well, but I would advise you to find out the angles for your child because the angles together with their age gives an indication of the chances of progression. the info on scoliosis on this site is very helpful in this regard. Good luck, it does take a while to get your head around it.
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