Patient Stories

Kyle W.

My life has been punctuated by surgeries, but I've always defined it by academic progress. In reality the two have been quite intertwined.  My first open-heart surgery occurred in infancy.  My first spinal fusion in fourth grade, the second fusion ... Read More...

Bryce S.

Now, being a little over a full year later, I feel little to no pain in the morning, and I do everything I did before the surgery. Nothing holds me back—I rode a motorcycle three months after surgery, I’ve been to Killington Mountain snowboarding only seven months after surgery, league roller hockey and wake boarding ten months after. I could go on and on about activities I’ve done since, but the list would be too long. Read More...

L.S.

My daughter had the best season of soccer in her life. It truly was amazing to see her released to conditioning at only 2 months post-op. She returned to play prior to her first game in the spring and was a stronger player than ever before. We can’t thank Dr. Lenke and his whole team for the exceptional care that she received. Read More...

Susan K.

It is with enormous gratitude that I write this letter. Not only was I blessed to be seen by you, but fortunate to have your correct diagnosis and course of surgery versus every other surgeon I saw. Read More...

Nora V. | Scoliosis Patient

After undergoing the surgery at St. Louis Children's Hospital, it is now clear that this procedure was critical for a happy and healthy future. Although my memories in the hospital are vague, I will never forget Dr. Lenke's friendly smile and the nurses' ability to make me feel comfortable. Read More...

Katie E. | Scoliosis Patient

I am happy to say that I was accepted to Harvard and have completed my freshman year. I was a member of the women’s swim team and have continued to improve. This season I did best times, competed in swim meets across the U.S. and hope to be even better next year. I no longer have to hide my body behind baggy sweatshirts and feel great wearing whatever I want. I am so thankful that I have my life back and feel very grateful to have found Dr. Lenke! And lucky for me, Dr. Lenke has moved to NYC so it’s now easier for me to see him for my postop appointments! I really hope my story helps others decide to go through with surgery and feel confident that the best is yet to come! Read More...

Zorah C. | Scoliosis Patient

Before I had the surgery, I was in a lot of pain. I could not stand for long periods of time because my back hurt so badly. I also wasn’t comfortable in some clothes just because of how my back looked....Looking back at my time in hospital my favorite parts were becoming pain free, having a straight back, meeting new people, and growing 3½??? in one day! Having scoliosis surgery was the best thing that has happened to me. Read More...

Tierney O. | Scoliosis Patient

Now, I’m 15 years old and my back is very straight. Dr. Lenke is amazing! I might not be as straight as I am today if someone else had done the operation. I’m glad I had the surgery. I don’t really remember the pain. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Read More...