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Scoliosis Surgery

Standing two inches taller, Margie is back to yardwork after surgery for scoliosis

rossana successful recovery from scoliosis surgery michiganMargie lives with her husband on 12 wooded acres in beautiful Michigan. She loves taking walks with her 5 year old standard poodle named Gunther, together they are on the lookout for deer, turkeys and an occasional coyote. It is not unusual to catch Margie out cutting the grass during the spring and summer months.

About 10 years ago, Margie began having some back pain, and while mild at first, her pain symptoms progressed. She went to her general practitioner in Chelsea who examined her and ordered X-rays. Margie was diagnosed with degenerative scoliosis in her lumbar spine. Her doctor talked with her about conservative care options for treating her back pain, including anti-inflammatories, massage and walking to remain active. Her doctor also referred her to scoliosis specialist and fellowship-trained spine surgeon, Dr. Douglas Geiger.

A few years went by, and though her back pain symptoms were getting worse, Margie continued to stay as active as possible. She was starting to feel pressure push down onto her shoulders and felt fatigued more often than normal. She visited Dr. Geiger in the spring of 2006, the scoliosis surgeon ordered an MRI of her spine and the results showed that her scoliosis curve was worsening. Dr. Geiger talked with Margie about her treatment options, both non-surgical and surgical. Margie decided she wanted to continue with nonsurgical care as long as possible. Though, she did not use anti-inflammatories for her symptoms.

A year went by and Margie’s back pain was significantly worse and also felt pain radiating into her lower left extremities. Her pain was worse when standing, bending, or trying to lift or carry objects. Normal activities such as household chores or yard work were becoming impossible. Margie had also lost nearly three inches in height.

Margie again visited Dr. Geiger, he examined her and viewed recent diagnostics including a bone densitometry and a CAT scan. He talked with Margie about her worsening degenerative scoliosis and together they discussed treatment options, including the extensive surgery that would be necessary for her condition. Margie knew she wanted to return to her normal lifestyle and was ready to move forward with the necessary surgery. Dr. Geiger talked in detail with Margie about the pre and post surgery care instructions and made sure all of her concerns were answered. He emphasized that recovery from the surgery would not be easy. It would be 6-12 weeks following the surgery before she would regain her full strength and function.

Dr. Geiger performed the posterior lumbar fusion surgery to correct her degenerative scoliosis. The surgery was successful and Margie was pleased to regain two inches of height after the surgery. She slowly returned to walking and household activities. She was careful to follow the post surgery instructions.

Today, Margie is back to the activities she enjoys, without any pain medicine. She takes walks with her poodle, Gunther, and helps out with the maintenance of 12 wooded acres!

Click here to download a PDF of Margie's complete story detailing successful return to activity after scoliosis surgery.




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