Patient Stories

Patients share first-hand their experiences with scoliosis surgery.


These two young women share their personal scoliosis journeys from school years through to surgery… MORE>>


A Cobb angle of 44 in the upper spine from T5-T11

We first noticed there was something not quite right with Angus’s back when he was 10 (2018). His right shoulder blade seemed to pop out more…MORE>>


14 years of age at surgery
Double major curve – 54 degree left lumbar and a 44 degree right thoracic

At the age of 13 years I was told I had to have an operation to correct my spine because I had a double major scoliosis, 54 degree left lumbar scoliosis and a 44 right thoracic curve. Getting told at 13 that I had to have back surgery was very hard to take in at the time… MORE>>


16 years of age at surgery
Thoracolumbar curve – 46 degrees

When I was 15, I had an X-ray of the lungs for possible pneumonia (which I didn’t have) and that showed up the curve in my spine… MORE>>


16 ½ years of age at surgery
Initial thoracolumbar curvature of 37 degrees that progressed to 49 degrees over 5 months

I had just returned to the Little Athletics season when I was finding it difficult to run my favourite 1500m and 3km events. The muscles on the left side of my back were spasming which was becoming quite painful. My mum noticed that my running style had changed and my left shoulder was slightly dropped and upon lifting my shirt saw that my spine was curved… MORE>>


12 years of age at surgery

As I turned 12 years old and about to start high school, my grandmother offered to sew my school uniform. As I stood before my grandmother, she asked me to stand up straight. I responded, “I am”.MORE>>


15 years of age at surgery
Right thoracic left lumbar curve pattern – 40 degrees
Written by Leah’s father

Leah had just turned fifteen when her dance coach noticed that her dance costume was not fitting correctly… MORE>>