I just thought I would throw some of these stats out there for lively discussion.
"There is no evidence that the long-term effects of scoliosis surgery are superoir to the long-term effects of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis itself....The main indication for surgical invervention in patients with AIS is cosmetic. However spinal surgery may along with other negative side effects, actually cause postoperative clinical deterioration."
Patient safety in Surgery 2007; 1:7
"Despite good long-term outcomes (huh?), 40% of operated treated patients with idopathic scoliosis are legally defined as severely handicapped persons"
Z Orthop 2002; 140: 492-498
"limitation of sexual function because of back problems was admitted by 33% of the surgically treated patients, and 15% of the control group"
Spine 2001; 26: 1449-1456
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