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AmandaWhen Amanda learned that her previously diagnosed spinal curve had worsened and she would soon need surgery to correct the problem, she feared her days as a tumbler and team player were about to be over. Never has a teen been so happy to be so wrong! Read More


CallyWhen Cally was diagnosed with scoliosis in the 6th grade, she embarked on a journey that included successful scoliosis surgery, as well as a new role as an orthopaedic patient advocate. Read More


CourtneyI found out I had scoliosis in sixth grade, when the school nurse checked out my class. She sent a note home, and my mom took me to get some x-rays done. Read More

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CourtneyScoliosis surgery isn't just for kids. Thanks to advances in spinal technology that enable comparable curve correction in skeletally mature patients, former collegiate water sports standout Courtney is looking forward to the future—and training for her first triathlon! Read More


Emily"I love my Scoliosis!" I bet you don't hear that everyday. Well I do. Having Scoliosis is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I know right now you are probably thinking, "who is this kid?" and "how can she possibly like having Scoliosis?" So let me introduce myself. My name is Emily and I am 16 years old and had surgery at the age of 13. Read More


EricaMy name is Erica and I am 13 years old. In June of 2001 when my family and I were on vacation my mom noticed that my left shoulder blade stuck out a significant amount and I couldn't stand up straight. When we got back home my mom told me to stand up straight. She looked at my back and realized that something was wrong, so she set up an appointment with my family doctor. The doctor told me that I had Scoliosis and recommended that I go see another doctor right away. Read More


GaylishaAfter going through her school's scoliosis screening program, Sha was surprised to learn she had a spinal curve. Today, the teenage dancer is a great example of how early detection of scoliosis, along with careful monitoring and treatment, can make a difference in a young person's future. Read More


JudyI knew the gravity of the situation when we were given three doctor's appointments in one week. That week was the first step in a four-year journey of the heart. How could scoliosis be so pronounced and yet a complete surprise for me? My comfort was in knowing that I was not alone. Read More


LaurenWhen Lauren was diagnosed with scoliosis, the 13-year-old competitive swimmer was afraid it meant the end of her hopes to one day compete in the Olympics. After spine surgery with the CD HORIZON LEGACY™ Spinal System, Lauren was soon back in the pool and today at 16 is back on track for Olympic gold. Read More


McKennaMcKenna is a typical 14-year-old girl. Her life is filled with school, friends and her favorite pastime dancing. But McKenna is also very different from other girls she has idiopathic Scoliosis. Join us as we follow McKenna through her surgery and recovery from Scoliosis.


MarnéWhen other kids at school notice I am wearing it, they ask me questions, and I tell them all about my brace and Scoliosis. Some of them have never heard of it before, but after we talk, they usually see it as no big deal, which is basically the way I feel about it too. For the most part, I just feel like a regular 13-year-old kid! Read More


MichelleSince I was definitely having the surgery, I decided to go to the library and to the Internet to learn all I could about Scoliosis and the surgery I was about to have. Having the knowledge and understanding about what was happening to my body really helped prepare me for the process I was about to undergo. Read More


RandiSince my operation last May, I no longer have my life on hold, and everyday living is so much easier! I had heard other scoliosis surgery patients say they could not do certain things with all the hardware in their spine. I feel like there is NOTHING I cannot do! Read More


SarahI have to say; if I had to do it all over again I would still have the surgery. Read More

After reading this please keep in mind that all treatment and outcome results are specific to the individual patient. Results may vary. Complications, such as infection, blood loss, or nerve damage are some of the potential adverse risks of spinal surgery. Please consult your physician for a complete list of indications, warnings, precautions, adverse events, clinical results, and other important medical information.

  • Published: July 22, 2002
  • Updated: April 19, 2011