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After two years of extensive research, I was finally able to locate the only person on the planet willing and able to help my. Unfortunately, he lives in France. Luckily, I made contact with him before he retired in June His recommendation was for a procedure considered experimental, and not commonly practiced in the U.
It consists of halo traction, a specialized, two-piece, adjustable plaster cast with turnbuckles, and Bi-Pap breathing exercises. So far, we are extremely happy with the .
The goal now is to maintain the curve, she is currently in a plastic brace with neck support. They all concurred there was nothing wrong with her hip and refused my request to give her an x-ray. Five months later, while giving Olivia a back massage, I noticed that the left side of her back seemed to be a little more muscular than the right.
I immediately took her back to the hospital where she was delivered. They intimated that she was lazy and only wanted to use one side of her body, therefore, we should move all activities to the opposite side of the room to make her use those other muscles. This was tried for a few wasted hours.
At my insistence, an x-ray was taken of her hips and it was determined her left hip had been subluxed since birth thus favoring but still using the one side. Her hip was reset and she was placed in a spica cast for one month. This was followed by a hip brace for three months while the spine continued to curvebut I was Cast and brace stories the hip must be aligned first, then the TLSO brace worn in order to attempt correction or at least maintenance of the spine.
She was then fit for a TLSO brace that was unsuccessful in maintaining her curve. This meant continued deterioration and ultimate fusion of her spine before her torso would be fully-grown. It meant certain lifelong deformity with severe respiratory problems. All of them agreed with the diagnosis and treatment except for one doctor who said that Olivia needed serial corrective plaster casts.
I then began sending them abroad to France, England, Scotland and Holland. I either received no response from the U. I presented this information to all of her Colorado doctors and they insisted that serial corrective plaster casts were ineffective, barbaric and an archaic practice. I then made the decision to raise money to live in France where I knew of a doctor who could help us. I was determined to speak to him personally. Fortunately, I was able to obtain his home address and immediately began sending the x-rays and medical information to him. He called me at home and once again confirmed that Olivia needed serial corrective plaster casts with neck support.
Upon his return, his mind was changed. He informed me that this French doctor would be in Salt Lake City in June before Cast and brace stories retired and that he would try to set up an appointment for Olivia. We met him at Shriners where he examined her and conferred with the doctors at Shriners, who agreed to treat her, per his recommendations.
The above successful occurred because Dr. There ARE alternative solutions besides fusion for this type of scoliosis in the U. We are eternally grateful and indebted. October Update I am sorry for not having updated this site sooner. Much has happened since the last update. Like my introduction to orthopaedic spinal surgeon, Dr. Min Mehta. Mehta who has successfully treated a large of infants with progressive infantile scoliosis using serial corrective plaster casts. This immediate approach to treatment has resulted in successfully straightening the spines of numerous infants and young children.
She has followed the progress of her patients for over 10 years, and has found they continue to remain straight. I have a video produced by Dr. If you would like a copy of this tape, please contact me at, heather abilityconnectioncolorado. I will keep you aprised of events on a regular basis. On September 25, Dr. She was able to spend the entire summer in a removable brace, which made for a great summer!! Her thoracic curve is currently around 67 degrees.
A far more livable degree than 96which is where the curve was exactly three years ago!!!!!!! We are all very grateful and happy with her progress, and will continue our research into the future. In an effort to maintain her severe curves, Olivia wore casts and braces until she was eight years old. Olivia was placed Cast and brace stories her second halo on January 15,and was hospitalized for about two months. Her first halo, inbought her six years of precious growing time, so we were looking forward to the second episode of non-surgical correction she was likely to achieve with the halo.
In further support of the halo traction procedure, we had recently discovered and researched a new surgical procedure for which halo placement was a prerequisite. If Olivia was to qualify for this new procedure, the halo would first have to decrease her curves enough to make the procedure viable. The dual-hybrid VEPTR is a surgical procedure that consists of two rods that are made of titanium, are adjustable, and are placed on the outside of the ribcage. They are attached to a set of top ribs and to the pelvic structure on the iliac crests.
It is intended to be a temporary option, to help Olivia maintain her current degree of 60, until she reaches skeletal maturity. At that time, the devices will be removed prior to her definitive procedure. The hybrid is considered internal splintage, and must be adjusted surgically as the child grows, approximately every six months.
We decided to pursue this new option for many reasons. First, it was recommended by our trusted orthopaedic surgeon. It was a very difficult process, but the result was worth every minute of pain! Olivia had grown four inches by the time both procedures were completed. We had to go shopping for a whole new wardrobe! In early SeptemberOlivia underwent her first hardware expansion—a minimally invasive procedure from which she recovered quickly.
She is living a new life after undergoing these procedures. She attends school full-time, and does everything a typical kid does.
She is a really fast runner, and she is in her fourth year of piano lessons. She is in the process of picking out her annual piano recital piece, and will probably choose a song composed by Alicia Keyes her favorite artist. Please feel free to e-mail me directly at heather abilityconnectioncolorado. Mehta, M.Cast and brace stories
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