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Old 17-10-2011, 12:29 AM
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Default Lets discuss the degree's your child was before surgery

We went to the specialist last week and found emily's scoliosis is 44 degrees...How is that compared to your child ???
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Old 17-10-2011, 07:31 PM
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Default Re: Lets discuss the degree's your child was before surgery

Jake had 2 curves, 48 and 60.
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Old 17-10-2011, 09:34 PM
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Default Re: Lets discuss the degree's your child was before surgery

Hi,

My 16 year daughter had surgery in March. She is fused from T5-L1
Her thoracic curve was 50 and lumbar was 38.

Angela.
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Old 17-10-2011, 11:11 PM
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The Xrays taken 2mths before my 13 year old daughters surgery show three curves: upper Thoracic 50 degrees, lower thoracic 86 degrees and Lumbar was 80 degrees.
Post surgery her curves now stand at 40,36 and 19 degrees.
She does have Marfans, a connective tissue disorder, which has led to scoliosis.
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Old 18-10-2011, 08:48 AM
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so is emilys 44 degree thoracic curve nothing to worry about ????? Going by all your children hers seems minor but it looks mighty bad and causes her pain
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Old 18-10-2011, 02:45 PM
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From my understanding once a curve gets over 20 degrees it requires monitoring. Once it gets to 50 degrees they start discussing surgery. When it gets past 70 degrees its severe.
Having said that pain levels differ from one person to another and there doesnt seem to be any rhyme or reason. Someone with a curve of 40 degrees can be in more pain and discomfort than someone with 70 degree curves! Some people have just one main curve often with a compensatory curve of a much lesser degree which generally fixes itself once the lower curve is fused. Others like my lucky little girl managed three large curves - she managed really well throught out the whole time, remaining at school etc but I holted all sports lessons, bought her a trolly bag and put her in two sessions of hydrotherapy a week purely in order to prevent the curves aggressiveness and strengthen her muscles and bones in a non impact way. Its a curious condition as it seems every situation is different and therefore hard to compare.
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Old 19-10-2011, 04:45 PM
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Default Re: Lets discuss the degree's your child was before surgery

Thanks so much I really appreciate your replies... Emily wants to have the surgery NOW lol... She doesnt want to wait and see if it gets worse, she is uncomfortable and hates the "hump" that is protruding from her shoulder blade..
Wonder if a doctor will listen to her and fix it now before it gets worse
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Old 21-10-2011, 04:02 PM
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My 13 yr old daughter had surgery last week for 65 deg Thoracic and 70 Lumbar curves. When she was first diagnosed at 11 yrs old she had 45 deg Thoracic and 40 deg Lumbar curves. Surgery was not given to us as an option until her curves had progressed to 60 deg Thoracic and 53 deg Lumbar 7 months later. She had surgery 10 months after that.
It is our experience that specialists generally do not consider surgery until curves are well into the 50's although the decision is not based on cobb angles alone. The age of the child is also an important factor as is any other underlying conditions that may contribute to the scoliosis. Rach was still young and skeletally immature (Risser Grade 1) so she still had lots of growing to do, this together with the size of her curves made her a candidate for surgery. She was also in a lot of pain every day but I really don't think this was a factor in the specialists decision.
My understanding is that the amount of growing a child has left to do and the statistical probability of a curve getting worse is what really determines whether surgery is necessary.
Even though her curves had progressed significantly they achieved excellent correction with both curves now only 10 degrees.
I hope this helps
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Old 23-10-2011, 06:11 PM
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Thank you Sonia that was a great source of info.... I know I have been freaking out a little lol
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Old 23-10-2011, 08:41 PM
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I recently turned sixteen and I have a right thoracic curve of 42 degrees. It was initially 28 degrees so that was quite a jump.
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