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Surgery or no surgery? Alternative methods/Multidisciplinary teams

Started by carolina.fmarcelino on 05/07/2017 4:55am


Right now I am 24 years old and I have 53º on top and 50º on the lower back scoliosis.

It seems to me that there is a big discrepancy of opinions between surgeons and alternative practitioners for solving scoliosis issues. Surgeons opt usually for doing surgery and, from what I hear, do not consider alternative methods in their choice. Are you aware of any multidisciplinary team in Europe that is actually able to discuss cases and make a plan for the patient?

I am considering doing scoliosis surgery but, of course, I am afraid of the implications it might bring in the long-term. Are these risks bigger than not doing surgery? Or is it the other way around?

Are you aware of any advancements in scoliosis surgery?

Thank you for your help, I need to be informed about this.

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Hello, and thank you for your question. It's fantastic you are so engaged in your health and seeking information about your scoliosis treatment options.

We'd like to share three articles with you to help you weigh your options:
1. This is a general article about adult scoliosis--so some of it may repeat knowledge you already have,
but there's some good information about surgery ( Adult Idiopathic Scoliosis and Degenerative Scoliosis ) .
2. This article is a comprehensive overview of surgical approaches for adults with scoliosis ( Spine Surgery for Adult Scoliosis ).
3. This is a Q&A with a spine surgeon about complex spine surgery, which scoliosis surgery is considered ( Complex Spine Surgery: Your Questions Answered )

Scoliosis surgery is a major procedure, and your hesitancy is certainly justified. If you decide to undergo surgery, our best advice is to find a surgeon who specializes in scoliosis surgery, and ask as many questions as possible about long-term benefits and risks, and the recovery expectations.

We wish you the very best of luck!