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NEED ADVISE FOR 7 YEAR OLD WITH SPONDYLOLYTHESIS

Started by SA on 05/27/2010 9:41am

My daughter is only 7 years old and she was diagnosed with spondylolytesis a couple of weeks ago. Her slippage is already so bad that we are looking at surgery in the near future. She also has a lordosis of 73 degrees. (the lordosis is what got us to the doctor - she has NO PAIN right now!)

Does anyone out there know of a doctor who has done this kind of surgery on a YOUNG CHILD OF 7 YEARS OLD? Our biggest fear is that the fusion will be done and then a couple of years later she will have another and another and another!??

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SA,

My prayers go out to the two of you. I take it there is no way to brace her up for a few years. I hate to think of a child needing back surgery because they are still growing and have soo much growing to do. I bet that she will need multiple surgeries as she grows.
I know for a fact that I was born with the spondy this and spondy that because I always had ribs that stuck out way too far and I have a cervical vertibrae that sticks out like an adam's apple, and come to remember right, was born with a hernia. I know that my parents massaged the hernia bulge back into place for 5 years, but why wouldn't they check out the spine? Yes, I was a scrony chicken, but my ribs stick out almost as much as my 34C breasts..that's not right....especially because I'm getting older and the boobs are sagging down and resting on my ribs and I mean the lower ribs!!! HOW RUDE!!! LMAO. Okay laugh over.
Go to the resources section of this site and find a spine surgeon and just start asking away at anyone and everyone. See who's answers are about the same and ask more questions. There is another section on Ask the Experts and they do say how to pick a spine surgeon. There's some really good info on this site, people are great and caring too. Go and post a question on Ask the Experts and you may find that right answer, you may even find your surgeon.

Normally I don't push for surgery, but oh...hard to put into words....I would hate to see what would happen if she slips more. Keep us up to date please. Our prayers are with you and your family give your daughter a big hug from me and mine....

Wendi

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Where are you located (general area not specifics)? I know there is an excellent Childrens facility near me with a top notch spine clinic as well.

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We live close to Albany NY. We have found that Shriners childrens hospital has a Orthopedic hospital in Springfied MA. Our application was send in this morning to get an appointmet. Anyother suggestions are still welcome! Thank you so much.

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I hope you get in. Our prayers are with you SA!
Keep us updated please!

Wendi

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Is your daughter symptommatic? Is she suffering any neurological deficits in her legs? If she's having no pain or symptoms, why on earth would a dr want to fuse a SEVEN year old unless her back is VERY unstable? Id question this dr's motives myself, and id advise getting a second and third opinion!1!! I wish her the best, take care:)

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I agree. I would consult a second doctor. It may be a major slippage but she has a lot of growing yet to do. She could go to a chiropractor or do preventative care in the meantime. The only reason my doctor is doing surgery on me is because of pain. If he could get me to asymptomatic he wouldn't dare - and I'm 33!

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This doctor did my spondy surgery and my friends scoliosis surgery and they both turned out great(: He's orthopedic btw.

http://www.ucomparehealthcare.com/drs/washington/orthopedic_surgery/Krengel_Walter.html

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