I am 46 years old, had the surgery when I was 20 and will always regret it. The medical model was pushed on me. What a horrible mistake, to fuse the human spine. The spine was meant to bend, when it is fused you permanently disable someone. If only I could arch my back! How I long to do that. Scoliosis surgery twenty-thirty years in is not pretty, is it? I've been on narcotics for 25 years. It was either that or go to bed forever. This is a barbaric surgery and I'm glad they are beginning to discontinue it. I was unlucky in that they took bone from my hip for the fusion instead of using a bone bank so I have pain in my donor hip, too. I had all the metal removed 15 years ago but even that did not help. To this day, getting in and out of a car is difficult because guess what...I can't bend my spine! I can't swim, because I can't twist my head up. I can't back my car up because that requires twisting. Can't ride a bicycle, can't dance or do yoga. The list goes on. I hope today's spinal surgeons are not still spewing the same lies about "...you'll be able to do everything you did before the surgery except so a sommersault." What a horrible travesty of the truth.