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Scoliosis/ Flat Back Syndrome

Started by Boo Schman on 11/28/2017 4:18pm

I was just diagnosed with flat back syndrome due to having scoliosis surgery back in 1990. I am now 43 years old. I have slowly been getting worse over the past 10 years. I am bent over and have severe difficulty walking any distance or standing up right. I have been informed on how major the surgery is to fix this condition and have been advised to wait as long as possible to have any surgery. I find this crazy. I am 43 years old healthy, not in menopause yet and feel like I should have the procedure sooner rather than later. I care more about my quality of life now than worrying about my 80's. But the one doctor I have been to says I should try and wait until my 50's and 60's to have the procedure. I live in Michigan and am having a very hard time finding a place that performs the procedure. I just want to know if other people suffering with this same disorder are told to wait until their 50's and 60's to have surgery. And if anybody has information regarding where the best treatment facility would be in Michigan or out of state if need be? Where is the best of the best??? Thank you for any info. Brandee

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Hi, Brandee--thank you for your post about flatback syndrome. We'd like to share some information with you about flatback syndrome surgery (the more you know, the better you'll feel about whatever decision you make) and our doctor finder tool to help you find a qualified spine specialist.

This article provides a good overview of flatback syndrome surgery, and this information can help you drive some good conversations with any prospective surgeon: ( Flatback Syndrome: Spine Surgery to Correct Spinal Alignment )

Speaking of conversations with your doctor, asking as many questions as possible before the procedure is always a good thing. You need to know what to expect in terms of risks and benefits of having (and not having) surgery--and this list provides some good questions to ask: ( Spine Surgery: Questions to Ask Your Doctor )

And, finally, here is a link to our doctor finder tool: https://www.spineuniverse.com/locate/spe... . This can connect you to spine specialists near you who may be able to perform the procedure.

We hope this information helps and wish you the best of luck with whatever direction you take!