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    Hi all

    Well I have potentially been told I can have my operation the week after next if I swap surgeons, as Mr Marks is in Orlando from next week.
    I have to say I'm a little apprehensive as its not going to be a surgeon I have met loads before, but I'm sure I can ask to meet them before right?
    Also all the spinal team at the orthopaedic seam to be very qualified, so I am doing the right thing I think.
    Have any of you had similar experiences?
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    Hi Mark,

    Is the alternate doctor listed on the srs.org site? That might set your mind a bit more at ease to find out if he/she is a member of SRS.

    I would definitely think you could meet with them prior to surgery. I have spoken with the hospital where I may have surgery and they said they could arrange for me to get a tour of the neurosurgery dept and meet the anesthesiologist as well. I know it's not exactly the same thing but it shows there are medical folks out there who are willing to take that extra time.

    Best of luck to you with your surgery!!!
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    I was diagnosed with Scheuermann's Kyphosis at age 16. I had an 80-degree thoracolumbar kyphosis and mild scoliosis. My posterior fusion surgery was performed by Dr. Sethi in Seattle on Earth Day 2014. It reduced my kyphosis to 50 degrees and my scoliosis to about zero.

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    Not so many of the UK surgeons belong to the SRS as they do in the US, so don't fret if he's not a member. We have the British Scoliosis Society but again, not all of the best surgeons belong to that either. Let us know his name, as we may have members with experience of him.

    The main thing to ask about is whether he specialises in spinal deformity surgeries and has a lot of experience. You should definitely get to meet him Pre-op in order to go through everything he wants to do, so you can feel completely comfortable in signing the consent forms
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonibunny View Post
    Not so many of the UK surgeons belong to the SRS as they do in the US, so don't fret if he's not a member.
    Oops, sorry Mark and Toni - I didn't realize SRS was mainly US, thought it was global. Glad you clarified on that Tonibunny!
    - Kay

    I was diagnosed with Scheuermann's Kyphosis at age 16. I had an 80-degree thoracolumbar kyphosis and mild scoliosis. My posterior fusion surgery was performed by Dr. Sethi in Seattle on Earth Day 2014. It reduced my kyphosis to 50 degrees and my scoliosis to about zero.

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    No no you're quite right, it is global a handful of the top UK surgeons belong to it, but not all do and some of the very best don't. The SRS list is the best place to start when looking for a US based surgeon though.
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markalawton View Post
    Hi all

    Well I have potentially been told I can have my operation the week after next if I swap surgeons, as Mr Marks is in Orlando from next week.
    I have to say I'm a little apprehensive as its not going to be a surgeon I have met loads before, but I'm sure I can ask to meet them before right?
    Also all the spinal team at the orthopaedic seam to be very qualified, so I am doing the right thing I think.
    Have any of you had similar experiences?
    Why is Mr Marks in Orlando anyway?? cant he do it when he gets back?
    and who is the new guy that could do you?

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    You should be fine with any of the team at Birmingham Mark, but I would certainly ask to meet them beforehand if I were you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by daniel7 View Post
    Why is Mr Marks in Orlando anyway?? cant he do it when he gets back?
    and who is the new guy that could do you?
    At a guess he is on holiday.
    ill find out who the new surgeon is an a date on monday.
    also I may not be seen by mr marks until December and tbh 3 years of waiting is enough, I'm tired of being in pain and want this done
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    I swopped surgeons

    I was under Mr Gibson who passed me on to Mr Fender, the reason why was due to large curve they did not want me to have two seperate surgeries which Mr Gibson traditionally does so I had the two stagies done in one marathon surgery by Mr Fender who did the first stage key hole

    For all you guitarists out there I must be the only person in the world who has been seen by a Gibson and a Fender lol


    Hope that makes sense

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