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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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My baby boy was diagnosed early on, he is nearly 3 and will have to undergo surgery.I would love to speak to someone else whom also has a male child with this condition. I am so scared!





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Hi Natalie, I don't know if you're the same person who replied to my comment about my grandson? My Grandson was diagnosed at 8 month and he's to undergo an operation to put rods at either side of his spine when he's 4. He had a cast fitted on the 18th Dec and he will keep this on till he's 4 with a change every 3 month. He is so brave and never moans. Will your little boy have an operation?

Hi i also have that problem and i dont like it because its much hard on what to where because its such a big lump on my back i should be haveing an op this year so it will be fine soon





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Hi, I have a 20 month old grandson. He was diagnosed with scoliosis at 8 month. He gets repeated chest infections and his breathing has been affected. He is due to have the operation when he's 4. I do worry lots about him and I was wondering if anyone knows of a child so young having the operation. His spine has a severe curve.





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Hi Catherine my todler also a boy has this condition and will have to undergo surgery. I have not met anyone else to date whom is aware of a male child with this condition as it rarer in boys. Would love to chat more? I am also so very scared!

At least your grandson. would be better

My 5yr old son wears a boston brace and we are hoping this will control his s shape spine enough so he does not have to have surgery when he is older - but I haven't seen any examples where bracing a child has then prevented surgery? Is ther anyone out there who has been braced and they have avoided surgery?





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My 5yr old son wears a boston brace and we are hoping this will control his s shape spine enough so he does not have to have surgery when he is older - but I haven't seen any examples where bracing a child has then prevented surgery? Is ther anyone out there who has been braced and they have avoided surgery?





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I have a rare type of scoliosis but I have 3 different curves and all of witch are agonisingly painful on a day to day basis, I have been braced 7 times and they have made me slightly worse than what I previously was I have not undergone any surgery yet but I want to

Hi,i have got my operation in two weeks time,to be honest i'm very very scared of the entire process.would need some encouragment from people who have gone throu this process and was just wondering how long it will take before i can go back to work.





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i also had this opertion in 2008, when i was just turned 15 i also had a very showing S shape. i had my operation in september 2008 and was in hspital for ten days and off school for 6 weeks following this i had to repeat my last year in school unfotunatly as i missed too much school work now, april 2011 i am totally fine, unfotuantly left with a large pink scar on my tummy going round to my back but i got a tatoo saying presious to symolise my scar :) unfotuatly the dctors at alsder hey have said it is not as straight as they would have hoped but thankfuly it shoud not get any worse.





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hi i had my operation in Alder Hay Childrens Hospital when i was 13.... i had two curves starting at about 34 degrees and 46.... it was found when i bent over to get my plates off the floor from eating dinner..... and 7 mounths later my curves where 79 degrees and 83..... i was in hopsital for 8 days overall and off school for 4 weeks .... this was a quick recovery but each person is differnt in how they act to situations such as this.... I had two rods ..... and a scar that everyone of my friends is jealous of... a lady got in touch with me and she has a daughter which was going throught the same thing however just one lower curve as opposed to both of mine however we met up and we diccussed the ins- and - outs of it all...she has had her opperation and is doing well also..... if anyone wishes for a chat or to ask questions Please feel free to Replay Back .... :)





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Hi my names Louise,im 23 and had the operation when I was 14,it was the best choice I made as I hated wearing the back brace and the way I looked in certain clothes.I was very nervous before the operation as I hadnt been put to sleep before but so glad I had it done!





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