Saturday, April 25, 2015

Surgery


This week my daughter returned back to school after over a month 'off' for her back surgery.  We found her scoliosis at age 7, already quite progressed, and spent the next few years in a large plastic back brace at bedtime.  We hoped that we could maintain the curve enough until her bones were mature and her growth nearing completion, so that we could do one surgery fusing some of her vertebrae.  But it did not work out that way.  She progressed quite a bit this past fall, and is not nearly done growing.  So our hand was forced. 

Luckily about that time, we came across a new procedure:  a tether (or veterbral body tethering/VBT).  It is still surgical, but tries to preserve some spinal flexibility and actually use her remaining growth to assist in spinal correction.  Everything fell into place to have the procedure done.  And I say that as if it was easy but it was a stressful time with a million phone calls, consultations, xrays, blood tests, emails, hours on the internet.  This procedure is new and the long term outcomes aren't really known.  It wasn't an easy decision to make.

We decided to try it.  Thus far, the results are good.  Her correction went from a curve of about 60+ degrees to one in the twenties, and we hope that in the next year or so her growth will correct it even further.  Her six week follow up is in less than two weeks, and until then her brother will be lugging her pink backpack to and from school.  Then we hope things can return a bit to 'normal.'



2 comments:

Nicki said...

This is a fantastic photo and I wish your daughter the best in her recovery.

The Lady Okie said...

Glad to hear it is going well so far! I hope it continues :)