Hi, my daughter is 12 and facing surgery for her 58 degree upper thorasic curvature due to scoliosis. She's been in a brace for 2 yrs, and it hasn't halted her progression. It's such a big surgery for such a little girl. I'm really torn.
Do any of you have untreated scoliosis as adults? If so, what are the main issues? I'm told she'll doubtfully reach 100 degrees so I'm not worried about the lung issues as much. I know her rib hump will worsen, but I'm not sure if the deformity is worth the risks of this surgery. She has no pain right now. I read from one person that they have major disc degeneration issues, arthritis, etc. due to untreated scoliosis. Not sure if this is common.
I know doing the surgery now is better for she's younger, more flexible, but in 30 years or so the surgeries will be so much better and she may never have all these painful problems they make you think she'll possibly have. If she does, then I say do the surgery then. Why put rods in her back for 20+ years for something that may or may not happen.
Any information on your issues if you have this and it's untreated would be very appreciated! Julie