Notes :- I had Posterior Spinal Fusion for Scoliosis on 17/2/2014. I underwent this treatment at UMSC (University Malaya Specialist Center). My surgery was lead by Prof Kwan Mun Keong. University Malaya Specialist Centre (UMSC) is the private wing of Pusat Perubatan University Malaya (PPUM).
At current I am in my 5th months post operation. I am really glad that I undergone this spinal surgery. Hear me out. ...Let me share with you that with this major surgery I have back my quality life and I have a number of health problems resolve as well..
I hope my sharing on scoliosis and me will serve as an encouragement to those who have spinal deformities like me. There is hope/help for you in today modern medical technology.
What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a medical term comes from the Ancient Greek word describe the abnormal curvature of the spine. Instead of a straight line the person with scoliosis is where their spine is in the shape of “S” or “?”. SRS (Scoliosis research society) defines scoliosis if the curvature measuring 10 degrees and above.
Scoliosis is more than just a curve to the side. The scoliosis spine is also rotated or twisted. As the spine twists it pulls the ribs along with it, and it resulted one side of the chest becomes higher than the other, or the shape of the breastbone distorted.
Beside that, scoliosis spine will cause the sufferer
to have imbalance shoulder and hip (one shoulder higher than the other, clothes hang unevenly at the waist because of that).
Once you discovered you or your child have scoliosis it is advisable to seek advice from the spine specialist/doctor. Need to know the very important fact that spine specialist is the subset from the big group of orthopedician. With that fact you need to take more care to choose the spine doctor. FYI not everyone who knocks on spine doctor door are being pronounced the option is surgery, therefore do not afraid. For adults depending on the degree of curvature and the amount of pain, some just required regular monitoring the progression of the curve and core strengthening exercise.
If the sufferer is a growing child and having a mild curve (less than 30 cobb degree) then brace are being administer first. Brace is a piece of hard apparel that is specially tailor made to prevent the curve from increasing. This piece of device is advice to fasten to the body for at least 20 hrs per day. Some child responded well with this treatment instead prevent future progression of curves some individual can even get their spine curve reduce. Unfortunately some children despite ritually fasten with the brace for 23hrs per day yet their scoliosis curve keeps increase. For this group of scoliosis growing child eventually the spine doctor suggest them to undergo the spinal fusion for scoliosis once their curve is reaching 45 cobb degree.
Some prefer to ignore and brush away the word spine surgery even though the spine surgeon recommend it. They rather let their child to go through alternatives treatment upon treatments having the perception that once the child has past puberty age then the spine curvature will stop to progress. To counter re-act in avoiding being the mockery subject due to abnormal appearance, they educate their child to wear loose fit clothing or wearing many layers of clothes. To prevent the child to sink deep into self-hatred, frustration and low self-image their constantly inject mental thoughts to train them to be tough-minded. Being a child normally their path is dictated by their parents. For some eventually as the days and years pass unknowingly their scoliosis curve deteriorate until their outer appearance look somewhat like this photo.