Monday, June 6, 2005

Scoliosis - the early days

We took A back to the dr. in Chapel Hill last Thursday to get the results of her MRI and renal ultrasound.

Her kidneys and bladder were fine, as well as her spinal cord. The MRI confirmed what the dr. saw on the x-rays, which is several of her vertabrae are fused together on one side which is causing her curve. His recommendation is to do minor surgery now by going in through her back and fusing those same vertabrae on the opposite side, and also fusing one above and one below the curve. This will merely "arrest" the curve, and will not correct it.

She will require more surgeries later, but he can't tell us how many, what type or when, which is extremely frustrating. Maybe he really won't know until she grows more.

We are scheduled to see a specialist in Charlotte on July 6 to get his opinion. The doctor in Chapel Hill said we needed to do the surgery he is proposing in the next couple of months, so we'll see what the guy in Charlotte says we should do.

Please continue to pray for God to give us wisdom on how to proceed, and that He will make it clear to us what is the best for A.

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