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Lily stands tall after spinal fusion

Lily stands tall after spinal fusion

After years of struggling to find out why their daughter Lily’s scoliosis was not getting better through various treatments, Tracy and Michael Douglas began to look for a specialist. Ten-year-old Lily had endured a growth spurt, which put her spine curve over 120 degrees.

A friend whose daughter was a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children — St. Louis showed the Douglas family her before and after-treatment X-rays and recommended the hospital as one of the best for scoliosis treatment.

When Lily had her first appointment with Scott Luhmann, M.D., in August 2016 he suggested eight weeks of halo traction, leading to a spine surgery. The halo had six pins that attached to Lily’s skull to help distribute the weight of the traction evenly. The halo device connected to a walker with weights attached on a pulley to help straighten her spine as much as possible before spine surgery. In less than two months, the halo traction straightened Lily’s spine more than 20 degrees. After her halo traction treatment, Lily had spinal fusion surgery and straightening rods inserted.

Despite staying in the hospital for eight weeks, the Douglas family is happy with Lily’s progress. “We really like Dr. Luhmann and would recommend him to anyone in our same situation,” said Tracy. “Shriners Hospital was the best option for us.”

Learn more about orthopaedic care at Shriners Hospitals for Children — St. Louis.