With Patients (IM)PROVED, our goal is to highlight the touching stories of patients that have been operated on using surgical devices from Medicrea. We have been blessed with the opportunity to visit many of these patients as they recover from UNiD surgery, allowing them to shine a light on their unique journey and the challenges they had to overcome along the way. First up in our series is Karly, who was treated for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) by Dr. Andrew King at Children’s Hospital New Orleans.

We sat down with Karly to learn about her life before surgery, the questions she had leading up to the operation, and most importantly her recovery. Karly noted that she was able to resume her life quickly and was able to make her school’s softball team and do cartwheels not long after her operation. We hope that Karly’s successful case will inspire others to explore patient-specific surgical options.


What was your life like before you had UNiD surgery?

I was very active with dancing and many different sports, but I was self-conscious about how my back looked and how it affected everything else. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to play softball or do cheer, and I thought it was going to affect being active. If I slept a certain way or sat certain ways it would cause pain. I found out in 5th grade when they test you for scoliosis.


Once you decided to go through with surgery, what was the process like for you?

I wasn’t concerned but I had a lot of questions about the surgery and what would happen after. I talked to Dr. King a lot about it and he made me more comfortable. I learned that it’s a different technology that helps you recover quicker. I was nervous and excited at the same time because I didn’t want to stop playing softball. As I recovered and got better, it was just like a whole different thing. I was happy about it.

 “I’m happy everything worked out and I’ve been able to do all the activities I was able to prior to surgery.”

How has your recovery been, and what activities have you been able to resume since surgery?

It’s been amazing so far and better than I expected. I’m happy that everything worked out and that I’ve been able to tumble, play softball, dance, and continue to do all the activities I was able to prior to surgery. I even made the softball team for my school.


Do you feel the rods in your back or are you unaware that they are there?

No I just don’t even feel that they are there.