Twisting limitations with a fusion to the pelvis
The following photos are of a chap from our member RodStewart (Ed) who has very kindly given me permission to post them here so you can all see them
He's about 50 years old and is fused from T2 right down into his pelvis, meaning that his entire lumbar spine is fused and he has two pelvic anchors (which are basically bolts that fix the spine to the iliac crests).
Despite this, look at how well he can twist!
Hopefully this will be reassuring to anyone who is worried about the amount of mobility they'll have following a fusion.
37 years old, diagnosed with infantile idiopathic scoliosis at 6 months old with curves of 62(T) and 40(L) degrees. Casting and Milwaukee braces until surgery at 10 - ant release/pos fusion T1-T12, halo traction. Post op cast and then TLSO. Further surgery at 18 (ant release/pos fusion extended to L3 to include lumbar curve, costoplasty) and 25 (another costoplasty). Fusion extended to L4 at 33 (XLIF with 4 pedicle screws and two short rods). Pre-op curves: 76(T) and 70(L). Post-op curves: 45(T) and 35(L). Diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome aged 34; scoliosis almost certainly due to this rather than being idiopathic.
Last edited by tonibunny; 17th October 2013 at 10:06 AM.