My mother was 45 when she had an operation for scoliosis. Her lungs were collapsing because of it and she would not have lived much longer. She is now 76! The operation gave her30 + valuable years of living. The op involved a metal rod and fusion of discs in spine. Surely your doc has told you of op. This was in New Zealand 30 years ago so it must be available in rest of world. Contact me at email@example.com if you would like to Good Luck!