Imagine being told you will never be able to participate in any of your favorite activities once you have surgery. In January 2014, this was Siara Quinn’s nightmare. At twelve years old, she met with a physician who told her she could no longer participate in cheerleading or tumbling.
Cheerleading has always been an important part of Siara’s life. As you can imagine, Siara was absolutely devastated when she heard that she wouldn’t be able to participate in sports in the future.
Luckily, Siara decided to get a second opinion. She met with OrthoIndy spine physician, Dr. David Schwartz who assured her it was possible to continue participating in the sports she enjoys after surgery.
“My family and I were so glad to have found Dr. Schwartz because he told us it was possible to continue doing all of the things I enjoy, including cheer,” said Siara.
Dr. Schwartz determined that Siara had scoliosis. Typically if you look at a person’s back, you will see that their spine runs straight down their back. However, scoliosis occurs when a person’s spine curves to the side. The deformity can be present in anyone at any age. The angle of the curve could be small or large. However, the severity of the condition is typically classified according to their age.
Siara was thankful for how Dr. Schwartz answered all of her questions in great detail. “Dr. Schwartz and OrthoIndy were fantastic through the whole experience,” said Siara. “We did a lot of ‘doctor shopping’ before choosing Dr. Schwartz, he came highly recommended by a family friend who has worked in the medical device industry for 20 years.”
Dr. Schwartz used computer assisted navigation to place titanium screws into her vertebrae. “These were placed over the area where there is a spinal curvature,” said Dr. Schwartz. “I then used a two cobalt chrome rods to strengthen her spine. A bone graft was then placed over the area of correction to allow the spine to heal in the correct position.”
After surgery, Siara’s family noticed an increase in Siara’s confidence. “I am proud of my scar and don’t worry about hiding it,” Siara shared. “It’s a reminder that I’m tougher than I thought I was.”
Life after scoliosis
Siara feels back to normal now that surgery is over. She is glad that she had surgery in middle school so she can enjoy her high school years and participate in cheer. Right now, Siara is a varsity cheerleader at her high school.
Siara’s next adventure is to look forward to going to college and possibly cheering at the next level. She would also like to pursue a career in the medical field.
With Siara’s hard work and dedication, she is now able to excel and grow as an athlete and individual.
“It is the determination and strength of kids like Siara, that make what I do as a spine surgeon so rewarding,” said Dr. Schwartz. “My patients like Siara serve as ambassadors to my new patients, letting them know life can be normal even with scoliosis.”
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Schwartz, please call 317.802.2883 or learn more about OrthoIndy spine.
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