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2nd March 2007, 10:16 PM
Hi my names leanne, im 16 and ive jus found out i have severe scoliosis. :roll:
They said that the best thing was to have a operation and put a metal rod to my spine. Does this mean i wont have to have a brace or might i end up having one?

Hope yoo can help!


Leanne x :spin:

Amazed Jean
3rd March 2007, 12:03 AM
Every spine is different . So no one can tell you at this time if you'll need a brace. Braces aren't the torture traps they once were. Ask your scoliosis specialist. Try not to worry. Gone are the days of wearing a huge metal armature for years and years that restrict movement.

3rd March 2007, 12:09 AM
Like Jean said, only your doctor can tell you whether or not you'll need a brace. I wore one for about six months after my surgery, but a lot of people on here didn't wear one at all after surgery.

3rd March 2007, 01:52 PM
I think it's more common to be given a brace after surgery when you're young, but it really does seem to depend on both an individual's case and the surgeon involved.

Plenty of people on here have worn them though, so they'll be able to give you tips and advice. :-)

Gilly xx

Little Ali
18th March 2007, 03:43 PM
Hi Leanne,

Sorry to hear about your diagnosis and your concerns. We'll all do our best to help you out.

I had my first fusion when I was 12 and had to wear a brace after that, but I had a 2nd one nearly 7 weeks ago and haven't had to. My consultant told me that it depends on how stable your spine is as well as whether you have stopped growing etc.

Good luck! xx

Summer Daisy
22nd April 2007, 03:49 PM
I also had my surgery when I was sixteen, to correct pretty darn severe scoli.

I was told I would be wearing a brace for 3 months after my operation, but in the end, it was 9 months.

I had to wear mine because I have a complimentary curve that they wanted to support (they only operated on my main curve.)

There are lots of reasons why you might have to, but PLENTY of people don't have to whatsoever ... it'll be up to your surgeon / specialists. Try to find out.

They're really not too bad, honestly. If you do find out you are to have one, we'll all give you as much information as you want, and plenty of tips too :) So don't fret hon.


29th April 2007, 10:09 PM
I had my surgery when I was 13 and did not have to wear a brace after it.

From what I understand after the harrington rods were done away with braces/ and baody cast were no longer required after surgery-- they are a before surgery corrective option
but I could be wrong

29th April 2007, 10:41 PM
Harrington Rod surgery always necessitated post-op braces or casts, because the rods were usually only attached at the top and bottom of the curves, and weren't very stable.

These days, instrumentation fixes to every single vertebrae, and is a lot more stable. This means that braces aren't generally needed. However, some surgeons still prefer that their patients wear them, to help protect their spine whilst they fuse. So really, it's all down to your own surgeon's preference :-)

30th April 2007, 06:37 AM
Hello Leanne. I am not able to have the surgery, but I have heard that even if you get the surgery, not only do you get a metal rod put in your back and your spine gets fused, but you have to wear a brace.

30th April 2007, 09:35 AM
That's not always the case, Callie. Years ago everyone had to wear a brace or plaster bodycast following surgery, but as I explained above, these days it depends on how your surgeon feels.

30th April 2007, 04:50 PM
I was never braced either before or after surgery, although I assumed that was mainly because I'd done all my growing coupled with the fact that, as Toni says, the instrumentation is so much more stable nowadays.

19th May 2007, 07:27 AM
I had a brace for around 3 years... I don't know how I did it really looking back at it if I had to do it all over again at this age I dunno what I would do.. STAY STRONG LIVE LONG!