Told at age 15 by her orthopedic surgeon that she would be crippled, in a wheel chair and unable to have children if she did not get a scoliosis surgery, my wife and her family chose a different way. Fusing the spine of a growing and maturing adolescent did not make sense to Jess and her mom. They choose to avoid a dangerous surgery and to seek more practical ways that naturally and safely work with the body.
Today, under chiropractic care my wife's is healthier than ever, her scoliosis angles have improved without metal pins and rods screwed into her bones and she is experiencing vibrant health. We are over joyed to have a healthy, happy 6 month old and a super healthy, non crippled, powerful mommy.
How would our life have been different if she had undergone the surgery like the 40 people mentioned below in this article?
How many young people that you know who have scoliosis or some other condition would benefit from this story?
How may more people have to be damaged from these surgeries before people wake up and take charge of their health?
Scoliosis Surgery: The facts your Orthopedic Surgeon won't tell you!--Latest Research
An article published in the June 2012 Scoliosis followed 40 patients with Adolescent Idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) who underwent surgical fusion with rods and hooks. Surprisingly, researchers only found a post-operative improvement of less than 50%. A further surprise, after a 5 year follow-up the average loss of correction was almost another 10% suggesting the initial 50% reduction was decreased to under 40%. Most patients are under the impression that scoliosis surgery will eliminate the curve.
After 4 years, an unbelievable 19 out of the 40 studied (47.5%; including 2 patients who had a second surgery just a month after their first) had received surgery again. 10 of these patients (25%) experienced late infection, 7 developed fistulae (abscess that connects to the body surface) and 3 cases experienced putrid secretions.
Overall, complete implant removal was necessary for 8 out of the 40 patients (20%) for late operate site pain (LOSP).
The authors concluded: "Retrospectively, we documented for the first time a very high revisions rate in the patients with AIS and treated with instrumentation. Nearly, Half of the instrumentation had to be removed due to late infection and LOSP."