Embarrassing Bodies Kids: Episode 3

Scoliosis

Jade, 14, was born with scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, which is most common in girls and affects 3% of the population. The large sideways curve in her back is gradually getting worse, crushing her internal organs and making it difficult to breathe. Jade is to undergo a four hour operation to straighten her back and help with her breathing. Mr Ian Harding, consultant surgeon, analyses her 33 vertebrae to see which ones to correct. Screws are put in place and joined up by titanium rods, and state of the art equipment measures the nerves impulses in her head and toes, to make sure nothing is happening to her spinal cord. The operation is a complete success, and Jade has barely a scar to show.

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Frenchay Hospital, NHS
Scoliosis Association UK

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My nine yr old daughter has just had staples put in from t2 to t12. And has gone from a 40 degree curve to 22. We are hoping to avoid rods and screws in the future. This was presented as an alternative to a brace. So far her recovery has been amazing. No pain and and very active already. I have to remind her to take it easy.





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I was 16 when it was discovered that I had a 65 degree curve. I had the spinal fusion surgery and only had limited mobility for 6 months total. I am now 27 and my life is completely normal. I jet ski, run, snorkel etc with no problems. I was only in hospital for 4 days after the op.





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My name is Cora, my back is shaped as a S. I get made fun of it at school for slouching and not sitting up straight. I have pains in my back and sometimes its hard to breathe. Scoliosis is really hard to deal with. I don't know if you live with it the rest of your life if you do not get the surgery though. If you have an answer please respond





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i have scoliosis at a 104 degree curve before i had the operation, i didnt know i had it until i had an 83 degree curve, my back was in a complete s shape, i was booked in for an emergency operation and within two months of finding out i had the operation. it was one of the hardest times of my life as i suffered alot with bullying because of it because people didnt understand the disease and automatically judged me, but two years on you cant tell i have it. i get pain regularly with it but its bareable pain. i now only have a 34 degree curve with the rods and screws in my back! i live a perfectly normal life now and dont regret having it done as if i didnt i would easily be in a wheelchair by now!





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Im 16 and too have idopathic scolios, i got diagnosed last year. I have an 'S' shaped curvature with around 43 degrees in the thorasic spine and 33 degrees in the lumbar. It is still to be decided whether or not i will undertake an operation because, it is very much growth related, so hope is that i dont grow anymore!. I swim every monday, attend a back class every tuesday, do pilates on a wednesday and they all seem to have helped.





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i have scoliosis with an over 60 degree curve. i've been waitlin around a year for the surgery and i wish the time woulf come already!! im 13





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I am 16 and I have just discovered that I have Scoliosis. The doctor is referring me to a specialist. One of my hips is more 'curved' than the other, and I sometimes get a few pains in my curvier hip. I feel quite upset about it and I really need reassuring. What can I do to help make it better?





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hello im Shelby im 13 and I am in a back brace with a 35 degree cure, it looks like an 's' so bent the whole way up. I want the operation because im finding the brace very hard. Please comment about the operation and how it went,what is restricted and how you felt before the op.





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i was nervouse, but thats the fear of the unknown. the operation went so fast and recovery went fast too! i didnt feel any pain after surgery. just incomftable. im 11 months on and now alowed to live back to normal. the restrictions you get, is dont bend, twist anything like that. no sports etc but thats only for a little while xx

Thank you for writing back, and i really like running do you think it would restrict my spoty life foreveR? after the surgery. I hope all goes well with you and i wish you the best of luck xxx

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I'm 14, I had the op last September. It all went smoothly and i'm back to my normal self, I can do everyday activities but they're are obviously some restrictions on some things, Hoping i can horse ride in the future. Found it very interesting what had actually been done (:





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i had the operation to correct my curve in june just gone. its amazing how many people actually have it! im 19 was 18 when i had my correction done. my operation was 8 hours long and was in hospital 5 days. its amazing what surgery does to you, im now 3 inches taller too :)





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wow xx glad it went well xx im 13 and i have to wear a back brace 23 hrs a day and I find it really hardx i want the operation okay to gte through?

yeah i want the op too x my curve is 30-35 and i haff to wear a back brace for 23 hours tooxx i find it really hard x and i want the operation asap!!!!


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