My son is 14 and just was diagnosed with SK. He has a 76 degree curve up high. Anyway, the local orthopedic doctor prescribed the milwaukee brace for 2-3 years and pretty much "see you in 4 months". He said he has about a year and a half left of growth.
Went to Shriners yesterday and that doctor said he is pretty skeletally mature but probably does have another year or two of growth but that he doesn't think the brace will work much at all long term. The nurse asked me an odd question in the hallway, "Does he want surgery?" Um no…who does. So I am not sure if that is what they are thinking. They talked about the threshold for surgery being in the 75-80 degree range but also did more X-rays to look at growth plates and also him standing straight. His spine is still really flexible (surprised them) and he can stand straight. They want him to do exercises for 6 months and come back for re-evaluation. They also seemed surprised he isn't in pain and it doesn't bother him. Are they just playing the insurance game of "We did 6 months of conservative treatment…..blah blah" in order to justify surgery? Do you think that's the foregone conclusion? To go from one doctor saying, "yep this will not get worse and if you do this it will be fine" to another saying "nope won't really work" makes me have a headache. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.