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The Horrifying 'Before' Photo Shocked Me... But The Rest Are Even More Unbelievable.

By Sara Reyes  
SCIENCE   :   DECEMBER 10, 2013

When a person has scoliosis, their spine has an abnormal curvature. Sometimes it can be slight and the people can live with their condition. Other times, it's much worse and corrective surgery is needed. This girl had a severe 90 degree curve to her spine and opted to undergo surgery to fix it. What her spine looked like before is chilling, but the doctors did an amazing job.

A 90 degree curvature of the spine looks very drastic... and curves can even get worse over time.

A 90 degree curvature of the spine looks very drastic... and curves can even get worse over time.

This is what she looked like with her spinal fusion on a 90 degree curve.

This is what she looked like with her spinal fusion on a 90 degree curve.

With the help of surgical supports, the surgeons were able to minimize the curve down to less than 20 degrees.

With the help of surgical supports, the surgeons were able to minimize the curve down to less than 20 degrees.

Another post-op x-ray.

Another post-op x-ray.

Recovery can take a long time, full of back pain and other complications.

Recovery can take a long time, full of back pain and other complications.

But for this girl, adjusting the curvature of her spine was the right course of action.

But for this girl, adjusting the curvature of her spine was the right course of action.

One week after her surgery.

One week after her surgery.

Two weeks in recovery.

Two weeks in recovery.

And finally, one month after the surgery.

And finally, one month after the surgery.

Not only is this kind of surgery good for the patient's health in the long run, but as an added bonus, straightening out a person's spine will make them taller. Take that, high heels. No one needs you.

Congratulations on the successful surgery!

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