Re: New to forum,daughter getting surgery
I disagree with Whitbrit I'm afraid. In cases of progressive infantile or juvenile scoliosis it is dangerous to proceed without treatment - and in the UK the best treatment available for a child of this age, with a rapidly progressing curve of 60 degrees, is growth rods.
I would NOT put the surgery off as you would only be delaying the inevitable, and it is best to prevent that curve from getting much bigger. The smaller the curve, the better the chances of a good cosmetic correction.
NB the surgery that younger children have does not hinder their growth, Whitbrit, as they have special "growth rods" which remain in place until they are tall enough for a fusion surgery. Scoliosis in younger kids is very different to the typical cases of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis.
[SIZE="1"]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.[/SIZE]