Almeta and her family were devastated when they discovered that she had scoliosis. She had always been a very keen sailor and finding out that her back was deformed just shattered her self esteem and confidence.
Initially the Jessen family were told that in order for Almeta to continue living a normal life she would need to have major spinal fusion surgery. Although this came as a huge shock, the operation seemed like the best option they had at the time.
"I was scared when I was told I needed to have surgery, but I was more scared of being put in a wheelchair and losing my independence. The consultant made the operation sound like it was a simple procedure that was very unlikely to go wrong.
I guess I was very naive in the beginning as I trusted that what the surgeon told me. I thought he was just doing his very best to correct my disfigurement. However when I looked into the surgery in more detail what I discovered was awful.
The operation involved being under anaesthetic for at least 9 hours. On occasion, the operation can last up to 17 hours if something goes wrong! The risks were horrendous and the fact that they work so close to your spinal cord meant that complete paralysis was a huge risk."
Almeta was shocked, she had not realised how serious her condition was or how traumatic the procedure to correct her spine could be. She started to research further and was outraged to discover that her surgeon had not been entirely honest with her, and that any improvements from the operation were unlikely to last more than 25 years.
She decided to look for alternative treatments but was disappointed to find that the only clinic that offered anything remotely like what she was looking for was based in England. Almeta spent several months thinking about her options. Eventually she came to the conclusion that she did not want surgery and wanted to keep her flexibility.
"I decided to contact Scoliosis SOS. I was pleasantly surprised with what their consultant had to say. I was given more information than my surgeon had ever given me. The consultant actually spent the time explaining my condition to me and what the exercises would do for my back. It all made so much sense that I booked on the next available course.
Making travel and accommodation arrangements was so much easier than I thought it would be and the office team supported me throughout the whole process.
I am ecstatic with the results I have achieved. My back looks 100 times better and I would recommend this treatment to anyone who wants to avoid surgery! I am back on my boat, sailing every week and my flexibility has remained intact."
For more information about the Scoliosis SOS Clinic and the non-surgical treatment options we offer, please contact us today – we are happy to welcome patients from all over the world!