Re: Post op recovery
Hi there, it certainly sounds as though Mr Gibson is planning on doing a costoplasty. Let us know if you need more info on this procedure.
Hopefully Tiff will be along soon as she had surgery with Mr Gibson in the past year or so. It's been a long time since I had my own surgeries so I can't really speak from my own experience any more! But, I do know that most kids today are up and standing the day after surgery and most go home in 7-10 days, often less, if all is well.
After surgery there is usually quite a lot of pain, sadly. The good news is that pain can generally be very well-controlled, and Ryan is going to be treated at one of the most experienced centres for scoliosis in the country. Their teams know exactly what to do to help relieve post-op pain. Kids of Ryan's age tend to recover from pain very quickly so the initial week might be miserable but he will probably find that things do improve a lot week on week. Directly after the op he may have something called an intravenous PCA (Patient Controlled Analgesia device) which allows him to hit a button to top up his pain relief safely without needing to call for help to do it. By the time he goes home he'll be able to walk, climb stairs, wash himself and use the loo without needing help - the physios and occupational therapists will make sure he can do all of these things. I've never needed any aids following any of my surgeries but some people have found that having things like shower seats and grabbers can be useful; these can be organised through the OTs.
I hope that's a little helpful to you, and that you are both feeling relatively confident about things now don't worry, lots of us have been through it and are very happy that we did.
Lots of love,
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.