We took A to see a specialist in Charlotte yesterday afternoon and were very impressed. The doctor had the same opinion as the dr. in Philadelphia, so we are hearing the same thing now.
He would like for her to have a CT scan and we will then meet with him to discuss her surgery. If the CT scan shows that her vertabrae are fused together, (which is shown on the x-ray) then she will need to have anterior/posterior fusion of those vertebrae to stop her curve. He would go in from her back, as well as her side to get to both the front and back of her spine. Her hospital stay will be 4-5 days if everything goes well. He could not say for certain that she would have other surgeries, later, but he did feel like it was very probable to have another one as she gets older.
We will let you know when we get the CT scan scheduled. We will have that in Charlotte (Carolinas Medical Center), as well as the surgery. Thanks so much for your encouragement during this process. I'm hopeful that we are on the right course for A, and that she will have a full recovery and will lead a normal life.
Please begin to pray for her doctor, Dr. Michael Wattenbarger, and that he will have great wisdom in treating her.
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