Interrupting my normal blog to show you this wonderful set of photos that I found almost two years ago when I was researching spinal fusion for my once closest friend. After suffering from severe back pain he finally got diagnosed with scoliosis…but at the time was told that surgery was not required (doctors have changed their mind since).
Scoliosis is the abnormal curving of the spine to one side or the other, and can be visible but when it is most treatable it often isn’t, it tends to get worse during adolescent hood and is effects
It is not always treated with surgery, and can be sorted through a brace or physiotherapy however, for these methods to be very effective it has to take place while the child is still growing.
The surgery shown is full of unknown variables and risks, it involves essentially stripping the muscles of the bone to reach the spine before attaching two rods either side of the spine to attempt to straighten it out. Bone is then added (taken for the hip or else where on the patient) which incites growth to occur essentially fusing the rod to the spine and thus the whole spine together (spinal fusion). This fusion won’t be finished for another 6 months.
Why am i showing this? Well firstly because a similar photo showed up on my dash that made me remember my closest friend and with university choices upon me I have decided that, more than anything, I want to become a doctor…and hopefully end up being specialised in treatments such as these…or at least assist in the process if it is decided I am not good enough for doing the actual surgery. Also, above all I hope this educated anyone that knows of anyone going through the possibility of surgery and/or is going through it (although there is far better help out there than me) so i am adding a few websites that could help (and helped me understand the process better):