Sorry I haven't been on to answer questions, I'm currently in my last year of school and haven't even got time to breathe with studying and tests and so on. I'll try to get online every so often, but there'll most likely be long delays before I reply.
Here's a few frequently asked questions to tide you over:
What kind of scoliosis do you have?
-Double major idiopathic.
How big were the curves?
-Top: 83 degrees
Bottom: 85 degrees
When did you discover the curves?
-When I was 15.
Mam could see it when I bent over to tie up my hair, or when she told me to stand up straight, my shoulders and shoulder blades were uneven.
Did you have a back brace?
-No. When it was found, the curves were already too big for a brace, at around 55 degrees each. If your curves are around 10 degrees, I'd recommend a brace before surgery. I know from people's accounts that they can be uncomfortable and cumbersome, but it's worth a shot.
Was the surgery painful?
-Mmmmm well I don't remember the pain. I was a mix of powerful painkillers, including morphine and diazepam. I do remember being very uncomfortable though, I couldn't roll over by myself so I woke up every half hour all the nights I was in the hospital.
If the curves are big, you're likely to get a severe muscle spasm a few days or so after surgery. But they have heavy-duty painkillers, so it's not too bad.
What's recovery like?
-For me it was hard, but maybe that's because my surgery was more severe than average scoliosis surgeries.
Full recovery takes a year or more, no sports, falling, or anything that could knock the spinal fusion.
You'll start to feel normal-ish after about 6 months, but your spine still takes time to fuse.
Eat, drink plenty of fluids and don't slouch.
Be prepared to be bored for a while.
How big is the scar?
-I was fused from the top to the bottom of my spine, so it goes from just under my neck down to my tailbone. It's very straight for a scar, and has faded a good bit. Bio-oil and things like that help to fade healed scars faster.
Was the surgery necessary or cosmetic?
-Well, the curves had started to twist my ribcage and crush my lungs a bit, so breathing at that point was painful. I had to stop every hundred metres to breathe, or sit on the floor in a shop if I'd walked around too much.
My surgeon told me if I waited until i was 20, the curves would be well over 100 degrees and would require a more invasive surgery involving removing a rib, moving some organs, chipping out bits of my spine from the front, and then flipping me over and doing the surgery I had done as well.
My hips were uneven and caused me to limp a bit, and one shoulder blade was so far out that normal clothes wouldn't cover it.
I wasn't really thinking of cosmetic value at the time, but the surgery was definitely necessary.
Are you in pain now?
-Twinges here and there. Most pain would be in the morning if I slept funny, or if I stress about something too much the tension will hurt later.