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Anonymous asked in HealthOther - Health · 1 decade ago

Did anyone have scoliosis and went under surgery ?

k well my names iesha and ima go into surgery in a couple of weeks......... for scoliosis and im pretty scared does anyone have any advise? =[

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Hi Iesha,

    Relax (well, as much as you can). Things will most likely go very well for you.

    I've posted the following a few times for other people with questions. I hope I'll answer the things that have you concerned.

    Let me talk about the hospital stay.

    You'll have meds to help with the pain. You'll start out with stronger meds and then wean yourself from them over time. So, yes, it does hurt, but you shouldn't be left hurting.

    The size of your scar depends on how many vertebrae need fusing and the technique used to do the fusion. A four-level fusion will have a smaller scar than a 12-level fusion. Some surgeries (probably not yours) need both anterior and posterior (A/P, or front and back). Lastly, some people may be candidates for "minimally invasive" techniques. So, this is a hard question to answer without knowing more about your situation.

    Your hospital stay will probably be between four and seven days. Teens typically heal quicker than adults and so their hospital stay is less.

    As for what they do, each case is different. Here's one possible scenerio. Its incomplete as I'm describing things pretty quickly. The amount of time spent doing things will probably differ. Maybe even the order that things are done will differ. But it will give you kind of an idea of what happens. Just take it with a grain of salt.

    You'll arrive at the hospital early to check in. You'll change into your gown and get an IV hooked up. You will talk to your nurse(s) and perhaps a couple of other staff members. You'll then get put to sleep (injected through the IV that you had put in earlier). The operation then happens. You'll wake up, probably in the ICU, but possibly in your hospital room. Probably on the first or second day after surgery, you'll be shown how to sit and then stand. You'll be able to take walks up and down the hallway but you'll tire quickly. Your IV will be removed in a couple of days as will the catheter you've had in you since the surgery. You'll be allowed to go home once your stomach starts rumbling, you're eating, and going to the bathroom. When you are in the hospital, your scar will be checked by a doctor each day.

    You will feel like a truck ran you over for the first couple of days. Once your body starts to recover, you'll feel better.

    When you wake up from surgery, your bed will have a machine that gives measured doses of pain meds (morphine or something as effective). You're self-medicating, so if you're hurting, just hit a button. The machine won't let you overdose yourself, though.

    You'll be weaned off of the meds from the machine and given oxycontin (or the like). This is what you'll be taking for the first few weeks you're at home.

    Bottom line is that you'll be hurting, but you'll be given pain meds to take care of the pain. They'll do the job for you.

    It still takes two months to be doing basic things. You'll be cleared to do more things at six months. At one year, you'll be able to do about anything you could do before the surgery. Take it easy. This is major surgery. It takes a while for the spine to fuse.

    There's a couple of things, off-topic, that will make life easier for you.

    o Make sure you has a robe in case you gets up in the middle of the night when the house is colder. The surgery may mess up your body's temperature control.

    o Get a toilet seat extender so that you don't have to squat as far. These also have handles and certainly made my life a lot easier. Since your chest muscles are fine, you'll be able to use them to raise and lower yourself.

    o It might be nice to get a "grabber" which will help you pick things up from the floor.

    o You may or may not have a walker when you get home from the hospital (probably not, but...). I did and discovered that I had to meneuver through the bathroom door sideways because the walker was too wide. This works, but it may be a bit more difficult.

    o You will be sleeping an awful lot. This is a combination of your body needing rest and the pain meds knocking you out. Expect it.

    o When I was in my bed, my wife made kind of a "nest" with pillows so I wouldn't roll out. I don't normally roll but I think it made both of us feel better. You might want to do the same.

    o It will be helpful to sit in a chair with arms when you're having his meals and is sitting at the dining room table. Since your chest muscles are fine, you'll be able to use them to raise and lower yourself.

    Please email me if you have questions.

    Source(s): I had my scoliosis detected in 7th grade and wore a Milwaukee brace from 8th grade until my freshman year in college. I was borderline on whether to have surgery or not so it was decided not to do it. Over the years, my curve increased so I had my spine fused at age 39.
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  • 1 decade ago

    In 1984, I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 12 during one of those junior high screenings. I was very scared at first, but got in with a good group of doctors at Shriner's Hospital and they put me so at ease. I wore a Wilmington brace from under my arms to just over my hips for 10 mo., then had surgery shortly before I turned 14 (1985). My top curve was fused using stainless Steel Harrington rods and bone chips from my hip. I had to go back into a brace about a year after my surgery for 10 mos. while my bottom curve stabilized.

    There are risks with every surgery, even minor procedures (I'm an OR nurse now). You and your folks will have to make an informed decision about surgery. If your curve is severe and you are not corrected it can affect your ability to breath or carry a pregnancy.

    Someone with more recent experience might be better to ask about the physical therapy. I never had to do physical therapy when I was wearing the braces or after surgery. I was up walking the first day they said I could. Nowadays, they'll have you up walking no later than the next day. Home in 5-7 days. On activity and weight restrictions for 6 mo. Fully recovered by 1 yr.

    My pain was well controlled. Really the only time it hurt was one time I was half-asleep and tried to sit up suddenly.

    I'm as normally functioning as anyone. Having surgery in summer, I never got off schedule with school. Graduated college at 20 and have been an OR nurse for 16 years, one of the most physically demanding areas of nursing (lots of lifting and lots of standing in one place for long periods). I've had 2 children without difficulty (didn't even use an epidural). I love to travel (I don't set off metal detectors), yoga (though the fusion prevents some positions), and SCUBA dive. I can pretty much do anything I want...but don't tell my husband I use the scoliosis to get out of vacuuming :) My bottom curve aches now and then, I'm supposed to take 1-2 Alleve at bed time, but us nurses are awful patients, so I don't do it regularly.

    Are you being treated at a Shriner's Hospital/Clinic? Absolutely the best place for scoliosis patients under 21! If you are, ask the docs/nurses if they can arrange for you to visit/talk with other patients or people who will be involved in your care. Other places may do this too, but I think Shriner's goes above and beyond for their kids.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Don't worry, I know a girl who had the surgery, and she said it wasn't too bad. It sounds scarier than it is. The surgeon knows what he is doing.

    Source(s): I have minor scoliosis
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  • 1 decade ago

    my friend did that its fine just cant do much for a wile

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