Re: Surgeon swap
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.