Fusion Surgery-12 yr old-help
Hi, my daughter is 12 and has a 58 degree upper right thorasic curve. She has progressed 10 degrees from 48 degrees in 1.5 yrs despite bracing. I have received 3 opinions all from spinal or ped ortho surgeons recommending surgery. She has no pain and only a slight deformity of the right rib cage. Nothing very obvious at this point. She has another 1-2 yrs left of growth. She is now 5'3 and started menstruation about a yr ago.
I'm worried about such a major surgery and issues 20-40 yrs down the line for something that currently isn't hurting her and maybe never will.
There isn't much out there on folks who were left untreated and how they are doing many years later. ARe they all in pain, have lung issues, etc.
Any advice would be appreciated. I have many referrals for the surgeon so that isn't an issue. I believe that he is very competant. His main reasoning for now vs. wait and see is that she's very flexible now and they'll get a much better correction this early vs. waiting until she's older.