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No limits after surgery to correct a severe spinal curve

Brinn was an active 13-year-old when she was diagnosed with scoliosis. Some of her favorite activities include running, dancing, playing tennis and spending time with family and friends.

Brinnís family noticed some visible changes in her spinal curve. Her mom, Linn, took her to the doctor and X-rays revealed that Brinnís spinal curve was at 46 degrees. The doctor suggested bracing to help slow down the progression of her curve. Brinn wore the brace, but at her next appointment, the curve had worsened to 51 degrees.

Linn knew it was important to seek out a scoliosis specialist and was referred to Dr. Matthew Geck, a dual pediatric and adult fellowship-trained scoliosis and spine surgeon at the Texas Spine and Scoliosis in Austin, TX.

Brinnís diagnostic studies were sent to Dr. Geck for review. At the appointment, Dr. Geck talked with Brinn and her parents about her condition: adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Because of the severity of her curve, Dr. Geck discussed the necessary scoliosis surgery that would correct her spinal curve. Over time, her abdominal organs would be damaged as her curve progressed.

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Brinn, age 15, and her parents decided to move forward with the surgery, and it was scheduled during her spring break. Dr. Geck and his office helped prepare Brinn and her parents for the surgery.

Brinnís left thoracolumbar curve measured 87 degrees on the day of her surgery. Dr. Geck performed the successful scoliosis surgery and Brinn was out of bed and walking the next day. She worked with a physical therapist while in the hospital; the focus was on walking and climbing stairs because her home is multi-level.

Within a few weeks, she was walking 3 miles at a time. Brinn continued with her physical therapy as part of her recovery to learn spine strengthening exercises.

By summertime, Brinn was able to work part-time at a vet clinic and back to running, dancing and playing tennis.

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  • Matthew J. Geck, MD
    • Matthew J. Geck MD is a board certified, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon who has a practice focused exclusively on spine and scoliosis surgery.
  • John K. Stokes, MD
    • Dr. Stokes is a board-certified neurosurgeon, fellowship-trained in spinal surgery with a practice entirely focused on spinal surgery.
  • Eeric Truumees, MD
    • Dr. Eeric Truumees is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Texas Spine and Scoliosis in Austin, Texas. He specializes in cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine disorders
  • Eric Mayer, MD
    • Dr. Mayer is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation who specializes in nonsurgical treatment of back pain and neck pain.
  • Lee E. Moroz, MD
    • Dr. Moroz is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation who specializes in helping patients return to activity without having to resort to surgery.
  • Enrique B. Pena, MD
    • Dr. Pena is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation who specializes in the non-surgical treatment of patients with back and neck problems.
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