Scoliosis Patient Testimonials
Click on any patient's picture to read, in their own words, about their life-changing experience with Doctors at the Southwest Scoliosis Institute.
Chloe V: 14 years old, 65° curve
"Recovery was hard at first but everybody would kind of work with me and Dr. Hostin and Dr. Shelokov would visit me, so I felt OK. The pain was really only the first day after
surgery. After that I felt fine."
Cindy G: 46 years old, 55° curve
"It was wonderful -- finally somebody said, 'Yeah, I can do something for you.' Finally I had some hope after 15 years of being told and looking into the future thinking 'I'm
going to be in a wheelchair one of these days.'"
Canda J: 45 years old, 65° curve
"Before my surgery I went in with a list of things of all the things that I had done before. It was like, "Okay, can I do these things now?" He told me that I wouldn't
have a problem with. Scuba diving -- I've done that. Softball, I'm playing now. And bowling, not a problem there. Actually I've got a better game now. He's told me I can ride horses.
I haven't done that yet. Chances are I probably will."
Carolyn M: 56 years old, 46° curve
"I wasn't aware that I had scoliosis throughout my life. I did things not knowing my condition. Water skiing. I have
skydived. I have had horses several times over my life, and never enjoyed them for any length of time because my back pain would be so terribly bad. Eventually I couldn't do the everyday,
common things. It got to the point that I was unable to run my vacuum cleaner. Over time it was a lot to deal with, and you don't realize it because it comes so gradually."
Dot N: 51 years old, 125° curve
"Growing up was not easy. People look at you different. Of course, they notice right away the curve, and it was hard. Here in the States I had to go to a maternity store so that
everything I wear is loose. Everything had to be done for my measurements because I'm different."
Jolene M: 25 years old, double curve 82/90 °
"You go through a moment while you're in the hospital that you think 'why did I do this? My life was okay before.' And now you're in the hospital doing this. But then, after you
start healing, you think, I'm so glad that I did this. It benefits me so well and I wouldn't take it back. A little bit of something now gains a lot of something."
Rhonda M: 44 years old, double curve 50/52 °
"I just want anybody else to know who's been, or is where I was, there's hope. There's hope, and I didn't have that for 14 years, and the last six of it, I thought literally I
would spend the rest of my life in agony. But now I have my life back. He gave me my life back. I told him he was my hero."
Sheila G: 54 years old, 76° curve
"I'm raising my two youngest grandsons by myself, so there's a lot that has to be done. I did not stop just because I was tired. If they had school functions, I had to go to that,
even though it hurt and I was exhausted and everything. But now I am able to do more things with them, get out and walk with them. We do a lot more things together now. And I mean,
I want to go do it now, and I feel good doing it."
Jeff G: 20 years old, double curve
"For anyone considering scoliosis treatment, I would tell them, get yourself to Dr. Hostin as soon as possible. It's been about 4 months now, and I'm in excellent condition. I've
almost got my full mobility back and pretty much have resumed my normal activities."
Pat H: 62 years old, 30° curve
"All I had ever heard anybody say about back surgery was "Don't do it; you'll be worse than you are now!" but my daughter, who is a nurse, looked at the Southwest Scoliosis Institute
website and said, "These guys just have such great credentials I think we need to check it out.""
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