After reviewing all information, Dr. Caridi and his team decided that Lilit is, indeed, a candidate for spinal surgery that will significantly enhance her quality of life as well as prevent additional health problems in adolescence.
Lilit's ten-hour surgery will be complicated, removing several ribs and vertebrae and inserting a metal rod to reduce the 120 degree curvature of her spine. If all goes as planned, Lilit will not need additional surgeries or follow-up care in the future. Rehabilitation could take as long as two months, however.
Lilit's surgery is scheduled for January 27.