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golfnut
02-19-2011, 07:32 AM
I am not 6 weeks post-op and very happy with my new back and my recovery. I have been so lucky to get outside the past 10 days to walk, which is enough to put anyone in a good mood with the taste of spring we are having. John (hubby) took me out to lunch several times this week as I was getting tired of the same food and same environment of our kitchen. My parents came to visit this weekend and had not seen me since before the surgery. They could not believe how straight I stand and how tall I am. Dr. Lenke said I gained 3 inches in height. We went to a popular restaurant/bar last night and I saw a lot of people who raved about how good I looked. THey might have been just flattering me, but it was still nice to hear. I know I look stiff when I walk, but I hope to eventually lose that look. Anyway, those of you waiting, it's well worth it. I always thought no one had noticed my scoliosis until the last few years when it progressed, but I saw a teacher who I taught with 20 years ago. She didn't know I'd had surgery and she said something like, "Oh, yeah, you always had that hip that protruded!" Also, I may just have been lucky, but the pain following surgery was miinimal. I stopped the pain meds. at 4 weeks and only take Colace (stool softener) and Tylenol. The stomach pains from battling constipation was worse than any surgery pain.
Sorry-Didn't mean to ramble on. It was such a nice evening to get out last night and hear so many compliments.

Confusedmom
02-19-2011, 11:33 AM
I'm lovin' your updates, Karen!! Do you think there's anything you did ahead of time that has helped your recovery go so well? (I'm wondering about exercise, diet, home prep, mess to have on hand, etc.)

Three inches is incredible!!! Did you know you had that much to gain?

Impressed,
Evelyn

Doodles
02-19-2011, 01:06 PM
3 inches is incredible. You have had one of the best recoveries I've read on here. That's fantastic. I hope this all continues for you! Janet

mgs
02-19-2011, 01:28 PM
What a great "first night out" you had!
Your recovery is unbelievable!! I'm happy for you.

golfnut
02-19-2011, 04:15 PM
Evelyn,
I have always been one to exercise but started an exercise diary a year before my surgery. I tried to do something at the Y or rode my bike, played golf, etc. every day.

JenniferG
02-19-2011, 05:09 PM
Your updates are great to read. I'm so glad you've had such a smooth and successful outcome because I know you were in two minds about having the surgery initially. Three inches! That's amazing. You must feel positively willowy now!

Elisa
02-19-2011, 05:11 PM
Sounds like a great first night out or any night out for that matter. Glad you're doing so well!

debbei
02-20-2011, 07:39 AM
I am not 6 weeks post-op and very happy with my new back and my recovery. I have been so lucky to get outside the past 10 days to walk, which is enough to put anyone in a good mood with the taste of spring we are having. John (hubby) took me out to lunch several times this week as I was getting tired of the same food and same environment of our kitchen. My parents came to visit this weekend and had not seen me since before the surgery. They could not believe how straight I stand and how tall I am. Dr. Lenke said I gained 3 inches in height. We went to a popular restaurant/bar last night and I saw a lot of people who raved about how good I looked. THey might have been just flattering me, but it was still nice to hear. I know I look stiff when I walk, but I hope to eventually lose that look. Anyway, those of you waiting, it's well worth it. I always thought no one had noticed my scoliosis until the last few years when it progressed, but I saw a teacher who I taught with 20 years ago. She didn't know I'd had surgery and she said something like, "Oh, yeah, you always had that hip that protruded!" Also, I may just have been lucky, but the pain following surgery was miinimal. I stopped the pain meds. at 4 weeks and only take Colace (stool softener) and Tylenol. The stomach pains from battling constipation was worse than any surgery pain.
Sorry-Didn't mean to ramble on. It was such a nice evening to get out last night and hear so many compliments.

Karen,

What great news that you're able to get out of the house. I remember how good that felt.

As far as that 'stiff' look goes, here's a story for you. I started back to work at 7 months post-op. A new friend that I met at that time told me just LAST week (at 2 years post op), that since we met, I walk, move, and have a posture that looks totally UNSTIFF. She said that if she met me now she would never suspect that I had a long fusion. When she told me that it just made my day, because since surgery I've had this self-conscious feeling that I must look like I'm walking around with a 'stick up my butt.' Apparently I dont' any more and I feel like a million bucks! :)

I'm sure that will happen for you too, but it will take some time.

trulyaries
02-20-2011, 07:52 AM
Since I am heading into my surgery with Dr. Lenke in a few weeks, I'm particularly interested to hear that you are doing so well. Your recovery is remarkable, considering what you had done. I wish over the years that I had been in the habit of exercise and sports because I'm sure your fitness has a lot to do with your recuperation. I'm extremely disciplined in just about everything except exercise. I came late to it and it is a daily battle to make it a priority, even though I know how important it is to all of us.

Gaining three inches is amazing! I'm just hoping to get back up to my 5'2" instead of the 4'11" Lenke's office tells my I am right now.

Continued success, Karen.

golfnut
02-21-2011, 09:20 AM
Thanks, everyone. I am doing well, but just taking one day at a time. Whenever I tell someone I'm doing great, (I'm thinking-knock on wood) I was bothered to read that Laurie Ann (another one of Dr. Lenke's patients) is having a new pain at 10 weeks post op. I just hope everyone gets their problems resolved and that we can all have a smooth recovery.

Ryy
02-22-2011, 07:49 PM
good to hear golfnut. returning to those normal activities does feel good. and that's funny about the stiff walk. i think i didn't get back to my normal walk 100% until around 3.5 months post op.

i'm 5 mo post op from my kypho surg and doing very well except for some forward neck issues