Spine Surgery With Low Lung Capacity?
Google isn’t turning anything up, so I figured I’d try asking here. Is there anyone on this forum who has had or who knows someone who’s had a spinal surgery – or any type of surgery, really – with a REALLY low lung capacity?
Back in December, when my chronic neuropathy was spreading to my face, the doctor in charge of my home visits offhandedly suggested surgery to correct my spine as a possible solution to stop it from getting worse. Though we hadn’t done any scans to determine the current degree of my curvature, he took a look at me said it might still be possible. However, while he was familiar with SMA, he wasn’t familiar with me; he wasn’t aware that the reason I hadn’t done a spine fusion yet was because I’d done a lung function test in pre-teens that said my lung capacity was 23-24%, and the neuro I saw said I had a 50/50 chance success, so my mum and I shot my doctor down without much thought. (I’ve since found out that said neuro should have contacted my pulmonologist about “restoring” my lung capacity – which he didn’t. 🙂 )
That would’ve been the end of it, but since my neuropathy has been giving me headaches these past few days, I’ve been looking into the matter again. We’ve come so far in science and tech in a decade, right? I would like to consider corrective surgery and talk to my doctors about it if possible, but I also don’t want to waste anyone’s time and money. If you have any info on 1. methods to increase lung capacity 2. what spine surgeries are like now 3. whether the odds are beatable – that would be great. Thank you!
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