Scoliosis surgery facts your doctor isn't telling you
I am flabbergasted at how uneducated patients may be on the risks and costs (emotional, physical, and
financial) of scoliosis surgery. Scoliosis surgery is not an option you should take lightly. Scoliosis surgery
is a long procedure that carries with it numerous risks. Scoliosis surgery should not be your first option
to help to correct your scoliosis. Be afraid. Ask details questions. Get the stats from your doctor, your
scoliosis profile, your age group, etc. Because the reality is that scoliosis surgery is a big deal. Scoliosis
surgery is a big decision and your doctor may not be educating you completely on all the risks and costs.
And, once you undergo surgery...you can't take it back. Consider the following and I challenge you to
discuss these at length with your doctor before opting for a road you may think is the best option to
help your scoliosis...
Facts that your doctor may not be telling you is that scoliosis surgery does not work for everyone. Some
patients will come out of the surgery with a lot of pain. Some go in with pain and leave with worse pain
post surgery. And, of course there is the general surgery risk like infection.
Another Scoliosis surgery fact your doctor isn’t telling you is that if you get the surgery there is a high
chance that you may need another surgery or two depending on the age that you get the surgery.
Another scoliosis surgery fact your doctor isn’t telling you is that even after the surgery the curve will
continue to keep progressing over time. One would think after rods and a fusion that it would be
stabilized. However, this is not the case because the root of the problem has not been resolved. The
scoliosis spine can continue to bend and rotate.
Another scoliosis surgery fact your doctor isn’t telling you is that your movement/flexibility will be
greatly limited. Putting on your shoes will be a task. Bending over to pick up your keys when they fall
on the floor will also be a task. In most cases two thirds of your spine will be fused so the one third left
over will have to make up for the movement. When joints undergo increased movement they start to
develop something like arthritis (degeneration) and overtime will cause pain, stiffness and those joint
will start to break down as well.
Another scoliosis surgery fact your doctor isn’t telling you is that your rib hump will not go away. Most
people think that the rib hump will be gone after the surgery. At best they can remove some ribs and
have the hump decrease.
So be wise. Think twice. Own your scoliosis. Get the facts. Do not be afraid to raise these questions. It's
your spine. It's your life. Do consider less invasive, safer, better alternative scoliosis treatment. Arm
yourself with the knowledge so you can make an informed decision about your condition. After all, you
will live with this decision for the rest of your life...not your doctor(s)!
About the Author:
Treating Scoliosis.com offers alternatives to scoliosis surgery when treating scoliosis of the spine in
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scoliosis treatment plans.