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How do I know if I have scoliosis?

Is there someone I can talk to who has scoliosis?

Is scoliosis caused by not drinking enough milk or eating too much junk food?

Does scoliosis hurt?

Why do kids get scoliosis?

What are the goals and expectations of scoliosis surgery?

How much correction do you expect to achieve?

How long will the incision be, and what can I expect in terms of scarring?

Which vertebrae will be fused in the average scoliosis correction?

Do you normally show the patient the hardware that you will use in the surgery?

Can you see or feel the hardware under the skin?

How much growth would you expect the fused portion of my spine to have grown had it been left unfused?

What is a 'crankshaft phenomenon,' and when does it occur?

Would instrumenation without fusion be a better alternative than fusion when growth potential is remaining?

What will I be given for pain after surgery?

How often will I be awakened and checked by a nurse after my surgery?

When will I be able to get up and walk for the first time after surgery?

How soon will I be able to eat and drink after surgery?

What will be done to make my back incision safe after surgery?

Will I need physical therapy after surgery?

What are some types of therapy that I might have to undergo?

WIll I need a special type of mattress on my bed?

How much experience will the person who is monitoring my spinal cord function have?

What is a 'wake up' test and when is it performed?

I want my rib hump corrected. How is this done?

When can I take a bath?

Do I have to get my stitches taken out?

When can I go back to school?

How much can I do after surgery?

How long will I have to take pain medicine?

Do I need to eat a special diet and drink extra milk to help my spine heal?

What will my activity restrictions be after scoliosis surgery?

What are the differences between an open and an endoscopic procedure?

The commentary above recounts the experiences of these physicians. Medtronic invited them to share their stories candidly. Keep in mind that results vary; not every patient's response is the same. Talk with your doctor to learn more about any products that are mentioned above.

It is important that you discuss the potential risks, complications and benefits of spinal surgery with your doctor prior to receiving treatment, and that you rely on your doctor's judgment. Only your doctor can determine whether you are a suitable candidate for this treatment.

  • Published: June 20, 2002
  • Updated: April 19, 2010