Dr. Sanders measured Sumana's x-rays yesterday. Her curve improved from 28 degrees to 18 degrees! (The curve was over 50 degees when we started with the VEPTR surgeries). He also checked her skeletal age by examining an x-ray of her hand. At the most, he thinks she has a year of growth left.
So, because of the improvement in her curve, the fact that she would need brand new rods at the next surgery and her remaining expected growth, he recommended that we leave her alone and let her GROW! Woo-hoo! That means no surgery in 4 to 6 months . . . only a follow up appointment in November. Is that awesome news, or what?? Sumana is so excited!
Also, Dr. Sanders and Dr. Rubery are forming a nationwide study of kids with early onset scoliosis and their treatment. Sumana is 'Number 33' in the study. So some day if you're reading up on the treatment of kids with scoliosis and you come across 'subject 33' you'll know it's Sumana! I'm really pleased to have her participate in the study. It will outline her history and treatment and the resulting effects as she grows. Pretty cool, huh?!!