I'm having scoliosis surgery to correct my severe s curve, 70 degrees and 84, on January 26th. I've heard that you could go blind and become paralyzed if something goes wrong, and there is a higher chance of paralysis with higher degree curves?? (hope that isn't true haha)
Anyways, I'm 16 years old so still in school, how long is the average recovery? I heard it was 4-6 weeks but is there any way to recover sooner? Or does it just depend on the person. What tests are done the day before surgery? I have to go and stay overnight before for testing but I'm not sure what will happen. My doctor said that pain and breathing problems aren't caused by scoliosis. That's pretty hard for me to believe.
Does anyone here have experience with the Shriners Hospital in Spokane Washington?
I'm not a fan of needles and I doubt many people are, so are there any blood tests that require a bigger needle than just the smallest? I have to get 5 blood tests done, pre-albumin, CMP, CBC w diff, PT, and PTT.
What happens during those tests? Are they done all at once? Could one tube of blood be enough to test for all? Or are 5 separate tubes needed?
What are some limitations after surgery?
I think my fusion is from t4 to l2 or around that, I'm not sure.
Thanks in advance