Re: Back brace after surgery
As you know, not all consultants routinely brace their patients post-op, but some do. It's usally as a precaution more than anything else. For the first three months she should be very careful not to bend, lift, or twist, and the brace physically stops you from doing these things. It also protects you from knocks and bumps. After three months the danger of hurting yourself is lessened, but you should still take care.
I would probably make Flo keep the brace on for the first three months but allow her to take it off for special occasions after that, so long as she didnt do any really energetic dancing etc it might be fine to let her take it off during the first three months for a quiet occasion like a dinner or something, but she must remember not to bend, lift or twist.
Her fusion will probably be very stable but there's no point in risking things as teenagers do forget not to BLT and their school/social lives can cause them to get knocked and bumped.
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.