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pilar
11-21-2010, 11:07 PM
For all of you who already have had the surgery,

Does you body really change afterwards? Can you and people notice the difference? Did your old clothes fit you differently?
I've had this body with these large curves since I was 12 years old. I'm 32 now with a T90 and L50. Most of the people cannot really tell I have this deformity ( I became a master of disguise) but I can tell. For the last couple of years I have avoided looking at myself in the mirror and going to the beach... :p
Obviously, I am not doing this for cosmetic result... My daily rib and chest pains remind me of what I have, I am just trying to focus on the outcome rather than what I am going to go through in 2 weeks... I guess I just need encouragment!
Pilar

JenniferG
11-22-2010, 01:00 AM
Honestly? I was gobsmacked.

Before surgery, I didn't think much about the change in shape. I suppose this was because my shape never worried me much. My back had stood me in such good stead over the years, I was ok with it.

But the first time I stood in front of a mirror naked - I didn't recognise myself!

titaniumed
11-22-2010, 02:16 AM
Pilar
Big time.
You will probably grow 3 inches after your surgeries. It’s a big improvement.

Can I ask if your anterior will be XLIF’s? or waistline ALIF? I had a vertical done.
XLIF’s are from the side, and leave little 1 inch scars. I ask because I don’t think that the surgeons do vertical ALIF's on women too often.

Ed

tonibunny
11-22-2010, 07:07 AM
Yes, the cosmetic correction was remarkable. As a child I would be called a "hunchback" and spat on in the street for the way I looked. After all my surgery, no-one can really tell I have scoliosis and I can wear lovely dresses and feel great about myself. And, even though my first surgery was in 1986, I haven't lost any correction at all! I have friends who are jealous of my figure! It is amazing :D

There are apparently some chiropractors out there who are telling people that surgery doesn't give you any cosmetic correction whatsoever and that if your surgeon tells you it will then they are LYING to you. This is utter, utter BS but if it worries anyone at all, they should just take a look at some of the wonderful before and after photos on the various scoliosis forums.

BadKitty
11-22-2010, 08:29 AM
Jennifer put it so well!

Throughout my adult life, I learned how to disguise the deformity, and essentially forgot about it most of the time unless it became obvious because of exposure (swimsuits) or something that just didn't fit (like tucking shirts in, or skirts that hang at an angle). It was just part of who I was.

Even though my angle wasn't severe, and I was looking forward to pain relief and repair of degenerating discs, I was SHOCKED to see myself with a normal back and waist. I hadn't expected it to be such a difference, given the degree of correction wasn't very extreme. To me, it was like an unexpected bonus - looking normal after all these years! Wow.

Your body really changes. Everyone will notice the difference. You will be able to wear anything you want. It's like the icing on the cake.

LisaB
11-22-2010, 08:33 AM
Yes, even at my age it does make a difference in how you look. My torso looks a bit longer, I look thinner because my rib cage isnt all twisted around and my rib hump is basically gone. My right shoulder blade is just slightly prominent but you have to be looking for it to notice it. I would imagine you will notice a big difference since you are younger. If you look at my x-rays, the before side view shows a double roll and on the after it is gone after straightening my spine.

Pooka1
11-22-2010, 09:11 AM
There are apparently some chiropractors out there who are telling people that surgery doesn't give you any cosmetic correction whatsoever and that if your surgeon tells you it will then they are LYING to you. This is utter, utter BS but if it worries anyone at all, they should just take a look at some of the wonderful before and after photos on the various scoliosis forums.

This is simply more Clear "geniusry." CLEARLY the Clear chiros should scrupulously avoid talking about surgery as it is well established both by their remarks and how they misrepresent the literature that they known zip about it.

It's analogous to a chiro telling an engineer about vibration theory or referencing any type of equation of any sort whatsoever. ;)

Mojo's Mom
11-22-2010, 12:43 PM
Titanium Ed, what the heck does "don't forget the foam!" mean?

BadKitty
11-22-2010, 02:19 PM
It took me a while to figure it out, but I'm pretty sure he means the foam topper for the bed post-op!

titaniumed
11-22-2010, 02:46 PM
Stephanie

Yes, the foam for the bed. Foam toppers help tremendously with sleeping after surgery....I had so many problems with sleeping and realized that the foam would help tremendously, and it did. I learned this after struggling so hard to sleep.

My shoulder was also broken which didnt help....

Ed

naptown78
11-22-2010, 03:33 PM
For all of you who already have had the surgery,

Does you body really change afterwards? Can you and people notice the difference? Did your old clothes fit you differently?
I've had this body with these large curves since I was 12 years old. I'm 32 now with a T90 and L50. Most of the people cannot really tell I have this deformity ( I became a master of disguise) but I can tell. For the last couple of years I have avoided looking at myself in the mirror and going to the beach... :p
Obviously, I am not doing this for cosmetic result... My daily rib and chest pains remind me of what I have, I am just trying to focus on the outcome rather than what I am going to go through in 2 weeks... I guess I just need encouragment!
Pilar

Pilar,
My body didn't change so as anybody else could tell, but I can tell. I still have a crease in my back (but that is small potatoes), I feel less scrunched up in my torso and generally straighter. Obviously none of us do this for cosmetic reasons, but it is a nice side effect for all the tough recovery we go through...

spinalfusion09
11-27-2010, 10:35 PM
Hi Pilar! I'm 19, female, and am almost 1 1/2 years post opp. Fused T9 -L3. And I can feel the difference especially in tighter fitting clothes and dresses...they fit like they're supposed to. I'm sure its different for everyone though. I also feel like my lungs have more room to expand. I was at approx 60 degrees so my ribs were compressed on one side and spread out of the other. I feel great now and can sit up straight and breath wonderfully! All the best with your surgery! You can do it!!!!
Maliha
Fused 2009

debbei
11-28-2010, 08:10 AM
I had 2 curves at 66 degrees prior to surgery, and everyone said they couldn't tell. However, some of those SAME people who saw me afterwards, said, OMG you are so STRAIGHT!! So apparently I wasn't as disguised as I or these other people thought.

I also lost 15 lbs after surgery so of course my clothes fit me differently anyway. I do like what I see in the mirror better without any clothes--the ribs aren't squished over one one side and caved in on the other.

fashionista
11-29-2010, 02:08 AM
this is such encouragement! I'm looking forward to have my surgery and put this behind me.. so i can finally able to wear a bikini without hiding!

Singer
11-29-2010, 07:34 AM
The change in my body was remarkable, with a symmetrical waistline for the first time in my life. I gasped and teared up the first time I tried on a dress with a nipped-in waist three months after surgery. If I were 30 years younger, I'd wear a bikini !!!

bluestone
11-30-2010, 06:56 AM
I dont usually post-I did for a while when I was looking into having surgery but I just had to reply to this.

I had my surgery for a 72 degree curve a month ago-posterior fusion T2-L4 with a Costoplasty.
I am amazed at how my body looks! My back is so flat and I had a dreadful rib hump, and its so straight (my surgeon said he got an amazing correction).I also have a waist which ive never had-ive been stretched and have gone from 5"3 and half to 5"5.

Now family and friends have seen my before and after pics they didnt know how scrunched up I was. I cant wait to wear srappy summer tops!

My only downside is I have a very painful hip/groin which is holding back my recovery and I pray its not permanent.

BadKitty
11-30-2010, 11:36 AM
What does your doctor say about the pain you're having? Could it still be part of the healing process?

bluestone
11-30-2010, 01:38 PM
My surgeon said he isnt suprised I have a lot of pain there because I have to remember I have had one of the biggest ops a person can have.
The hip pain is also the same side I had my costoplasty-my rib hump has been reduced dramatically.
It could alos be that my hip is now sitting in a slightly different place and the ligaments may have been stretched.This could explain the groin pain I get along with the hip pain.
I have been making myself walk more and it is starting to ease.

BadKitty
11-30-2010, 02:16 PM
It sounds as though it's probably the kind of pain that will ease in time, especially since your surgery was so invasive. Moving the skeleton around drastically does indeed stretch ligaments, nerves, and almost everything else involved. My doc told me that this type of pain takes longer to go away because it can also move around and change as your body adapts to its new angles. Seems like I have pains in new places almost every day (but I'm only 5 weeks out, with a surgery that was not even CLOSE to being as extreme as yours). I try to think of them a "healing pains" - it actually helps a little.

Hopefully the pain you're feeling now will eventually become nothing more than a bad memory -- in the meantime, hang in there and keep up that walking, one of the best things to do for it. In fact, I'm on the way out the door right now .....!

Heidiv2
11-30-2010, 03:51 PM
It's crazy how different I look. All I have heard since returning to work is "you've lost weight (2 lbs, not enough to change anything) and you are a lot taller". People who told me that they could never tell before now say that they cannot believe the difference, especially following me down a hall. I never realized how much it would be noticed, especially in nursing scrubs.