The other person that has to be worth considering is Mr Grevitt, considering what a marvellous surgery he did for John. Just don't be prepared to go with the postcode lottery again - if your GP won't refer you to someone who isn't local, then pay to go private, it's worth it to see the right person. Also, you can ask for a complete list of hospitals that they are allowed to immediately refer you to for orthopaedic treatment from your GP surgery manager. That would allow you to check who is where and know whether there is anyone local worth seeing (for example, Mr Cole would have been worth seeing wherever he was, when he moved on from QMC - you never know when someone really good may have moved to your local to essentially found a new department, or upgrade the existing one )
Diagnosed at 15 with 50° curve, but probably juvenile IS. Fused in kyphosis (by non-specialised ortho) with a/p surgery T10-L2 @ 21, posterior only revision surgery to correct kyphosis @ 29. Now 38 with further revision surgery and extension of fusion to sacrum required to correct residual kyphosis, restore lordosis and address spinal stenosis.