I found out I had scolisis when I was sixteen. I am 62 years old now, and I had surgery to correct the curve which was 17 degress when it was discover but had grown to 92 degress just before surgery. I waited for all those years to have surgery because I was waiting until new medical knowledge would make the surgery really successful. The medical technology today is wonderful. I live in Austin, Texas, but I traveled to Plano, Texas, to have a really good surgeon operate on me. His name is Dr. Alexis Shelokov. His website is http://www.consultingorthopedists.com. If you want to e-mail me, I'll answers any questions you might want to ask about my surgery. Best wishes to you as you look into your options in dealing with your scoliosis. My surgery was May 4, 2000. I am doing so well that I can hardly believe it. I feel wonderful and I look great!