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PollensaGirl
12-01-2012, 09:07 AM
Hi guys,

Well, today is my 4 week anniversary and I have a couple of questions/concerns I'd like yo share. Might just be panicking and paranoid so wondered if anyone could put me at ease at all.

I love my new straight back and all the rib humps that were there before have gone...this has really surpassed my expectations! But I'm not very happy with my front view. I still have a more prominent left ribcage and when I look in the mirror I still look like I'm slightly rotating and leaning towards the left (this is the side I tended towards before surgery). My Mum and Dad keep on telling me that nobody is perfect but I expected more and I can't help feeling down.

See front view post op:
http://i47.tinypic.com/23tp0u1.jpg

I am worried this is getting/will get worse and that perhaps my spine is fusing in a position that it shouldn't because of the way I'm holding myself?? Is this possible or are the rods too strong to allow this to happen?

I have my follow up appointment on 3rd of Jan but think I may see if I can bring it forward as I'm scared that if they need to correct something, it will be harder the longer I leave it.

I am wondering if it is just the position of my left rib cage causing this appearance of leaning. It feels like my ribcage needs tilting forwards more -hard to describe but hope that might make sense?? I also feel like my upper body is naturally trying to twist towards the left.

Prior to surgery I asked about having a costoplasty if it was needed to fix the cosmetic appearance of my rib cage and Mr T said he would do that if he felt it necessary once he got in there but he obviously decided not to. I'm now thinking perhaps I should have pushed for this more. Has anyone else here had a costoplasty to better the appearance of a prominent rib cage at the front? Is this something I could look into having as an additional surgery after spinal fusion?

I'm also wondering if this leaning/twisting has something to do with my hips as they don't feel quite square with my shoulders which I think shows in the after X-rays too (my hips are more towards the right).

Anyway,sorry for all the questions! Just a bit panicky...my Mum is telling me that I'm not in the best frame of mind either as I am still 4 weeks post surgery but just wanted to air my concerns!

On a positive note, it is 2.40pm and I haven't taken any painkillers yet and am not in any pain really!

Thanks guys
x

Pooka1
12-01-2012, 11:16 AM
But I'm not very happy with my front view. I still have a more prominent left ribcage and when I look in the mirror I still look like I'm slightly rotating and leaning towards the left (this is the side I tended towards before surgery). My Mum and Dad keep on telling me that nobody is perfect but I expected more and I can't help feeling down.

See front view post op:
http://i47.tinypic.com/23tp0u1.jpg

I am worried this is getting/will get worse and that perhaps my spine is fusing in a position that it shouldn't because of the way I'm holding myself?? Is this possible or are the rods too strong to allow this to happen?

Hi. I just had a few potential answers for you but I think the only person who can really answer these questions is your surgeon. Can you email them to him? Our surgeon responded to emails.

I looked at your picture. As far as I can tell, you got a fabulous result. You do have what seems like a slightly lower rib cage on the left but that might not be noticeable to anyone who doesn't know to look for it. If you had a 60* thoracic curve before that was probably quite rotated, your result might be among the best possible outcomes. My one daughter had a 58* highly rotated T curve and the surgeon was very careful to mange our expectations about how much rotation he could correct. You should know that surgeons cannot necessarily correct all rotation on all curves. They can only do what is possible. Our surgeon told us to not expect to see it all removed. But in fact he removed almost all of it though there is still some there. So instead of being disappointed that it all wasn't removed, we were elated that it was de-rotated to the point that nobody would notice it if they didn't know what to look for. That's how I would describe your result also.

You should ask specifically if a costoplasty can help with the specific front rib issue you are concerned about. It may be a lot of pain for little gain.


I am wondering if it is just the position of my left rib cage causing this appearance of leaning. It feels like my ribcage needs tilting forwards more -hard to describe but hope that might make sense?? I also feel like my upper body is naturally trying to twist towards the left.

The lean is separate. You could be correct that any lean is magnifying the issue of the front rib asymmetry. My other daughter had a post-op lean that corrected over about a year. So it is far too early to worry about that. Maybe after a year when the lean corrects it will also correct some remaining asymmetry in the front ribs as you suggest.

You look great and I think you need to discuss with your surgeon whether it is even possible to gain more symmetry at this point (or at any point even during surgery actually). You had large curves and I think you had a great surgeon based on that picture. Surgeons can do amazing things but miracles don't exist and life is unfair.

Good luck.

titaniumed
12-01-2012, 11:52 AM
Vic

I see nothing wrong.....you look great!

Thoracoplasty (US) costoplasty (UK) is something that you really want to avoid and with todays pedicle screw systems addressing the actual rotation, is not really warranted. Scoliosis does deform the ribs some, and coming out perfect shouldn’t be expected. Lets face it, were not perfect, and my belly keeps growing exponentially. LOL It always something.

The main thing is that you nipped this one in the bud, and have come out great.....being pain free, and controlling progression are the main goals. If I would have known, I would have had my surgeries many years ago. I suffered with pain for many years, and it seems that you will dodge that bullet...My 40’s were extremely painful.

These surgeries are serious and procedure shouldn’t be dictated by the layman....(us) We try to influence, but without the extensive training that these guys go through, it really is fruitless....(smiley face) Thoracotomy is the procedure used for thoracoplasty, they go in under your armpit. I have read that it’s the most painful surgery man can endure. Begging for this is like wanting to jump in front of a freight train.

Our soft tissues take a beating after surgical correction. It takes months if not years for the retraining and rebuilding to happen. For right now, just keep doing short walks often through the day, and breathe deep and eat well. Your healing at a fast rate right now, treat your body correctly....

Your hardware will do a good job at holding your construct while you fuse. Try not to bend or rotate, stay erect and no falling! Fusion or healing is happening right now just like a cut on your finger. You don’t want to disrupt this process.

Keep smiling! That’s the one thing that surgeons wont teach you. Its important.

Ed

Pooka1
12-01-2012, 12:14 PM
Ah Ti Ed's answer reminded me of something. You are still fusing and the January appointment is not too late to do something if the surgeon thought there was something more to do. So don't worry about that issue. I seriously doubt he would go back in your your case because, as Ti Ed mentioned, your progression has stopped and you will have no pain it seems. Those are the medical reasons for fusion and I don't think he can ethically go back in or if insurance would pay if he had previously addressed those two things but I don't know that.

The other issue is the point of waiting until curves get large before operating. There is a surgeon here in the US who seems to advocate operating earlier to avoid ancillary damage and to get better corrections. Your valid subjective reaction to what is objectively a really nice result might be a case that supports his position. Generally, If you operate at say 45* on a progressive curve, the result is probably going to be better than on a 60* curve but not all 45* curves will progress so surgeons are reluctant to do it.

Fusion surgery has saved the lives of both my daughters so that is my perspective. Everything is gravy. Your perspective is equally valid but I think your surgeon should have managed expectations better in your case.

JenniferG
12-01-2012, 03:41 PM
Agree with Ed and Pooka but I thought of something else. Did you lose a lot of weight since your surgery? Sometimes weight loss can show up the not-quite-perfect bits but because most of us regain that weight down the track, those imperfections seem to improve or disappear altogether.

As Ed said, you saved yourself a painful bullet by having your surgery now. I think you got brilliant result, you look great. I'm 3.5 years out and have a definite lean to the left. But I have no pain and can do anything I want. I couldn't be happier.

PollensaGirl
12-02-2012, 08:43 AM
Thanks Ed, Pooka, and Jennifer! I know you're all right and I need to realise that what Mr T has achieved is little short of a miracle when you look at what I was like before! It really helps to hear from you guys to get some perspective on things! Thank you for all the lovely comments.

Jennifer - Yes I have lost about half a stone throughout the process so my sticky out bits are sure to be more prominent as a result...good thinking!
Pooka - how fantastic about your twins! I am a twin too but with a boy. Luckily he escaped the scoliosis bit, he's 6'4" tall so not a lot of physical similarities! Blue eyes and blonde hair, that's about it!
Ed - Thank you and you're right, the costoplasty does not sound fun!

xxx

Pooka1
12-02-2012, 09:20 AM
Hi.

I just wanted to say that the set of things others will notice is probably A LOT less than what you notice because they don't know what to look for and you do. For example, there are any number of cases, myself include, who missed even large curves in their children's backs. That's because the brain probably just associates any asymmetry with simply standing funny. The brain can't associate it with scoliosis if the brain is unaware of that condition.

I looked at your picture again and I think your shoulders and hips are level and you say your rib hump on your back is gone. Your result is so good that I would be shocked if anyone not familiar with scoliosis would ever think you were asymmetrical. Even in a bikini. Naive brains simply can't go there. And then when you consider you had two large curves, I am thinking your surgeon must be one of the best. I don't think it gets better than your result.

None of this is meant to downplay your valid feelings about your result. I am just trying to provide an accurate big picture that you might use to place your result in context.

LindaRacine
12-02-2012, 11:17 AM
Hi...

I think this is absolutely a problem of expectations. Unfortunately, you're about as close to perfect as can be expected. Derotating the spine doesn't completely change the rib cage, because it is deformed. Even a costoplasty (thoracoplasty) probably wouldn't make you perfect.

I don't see a lean in your picture, but it wouldn't surprise me if your pelvis is tilted a tiny bit. If that's the case, you can wear a small lift inside your shoe.

Hang in there. The good news is that your curves are likely never get any worse, and the only person that will ever know that you have a slight asymmetry will be you. :)

Regards,
Linda

titaniumed
12-02-2012, 12:31 PM
Vic

We really are fortunate that the technology has improved in the last 50 years. This is something I think about often seeing all the scoliís and kyphoís coming out every day.....there are so many of us. The scoliís that lived before our time or at least before the turn of the last century really paid a price just trying to live and function.

I consider myself quite fortunate. The luckiest person on the planet sometimes. Its great to have that 2nd chance and to come out pain free....and it does change you and your outlook. People panic about things, trivial issues, and I just smile at them.....It helps to be able to relax, which you will be able to do in time....after you heal some more.

I agree with Sharon, people donít notice and donít have a clue. And if they do, and have their own mental problem with it, well, they can use some help because its not what we look like outside that matters, its whatís inside that counts.

Having a positive attitude is important in everything we do, and especially in surgical recovery. Sometimes things can be pretty hard, but it seems that these low points always pass, and we turn a fresh page. It doesnít matter if itís a surgery, or your home burns down, always expect a brighter day ahead, you know it will happen. Surgical recovery teaches patience because recovery can happen slowly.....we push ourselves and test the limits and create pain, then after time passes, we heal some more. Adaptability is key, I didnít think I would EVER be able to get my shoes on again, I was wrong. Now, I put ski boots on, one of the ultimate full fusion challenges. Iím a fused contortionist. LOL You stretch to your limits, and make the best of it. Donít try this for at least a year or more ok?
We can talk about the shoes later....

Accept and adapt to your new self, its going to be challenging but the rewards are so worth it.

You cannot judge your recovery for at LEAST 1 year. Many of us continue healing for years.....

And keep smiling!

Ed

king14
12-02-2012, 10:23 PM
Hi Vic I completely understand, I WISH I looked like you after my surgery. I am almost 3 months post op and I'm still soooo crooked, high hip, leaning way to the side, go in on only one side of my waist, look wretched! Look way worse tHan before surgery. I have no pain, but you want to look good, normal, after going through something like this - especially after looking different your whole life.... Needless to say I'm not happy. I have been distant from the boards because I don't want to complain about aesthetics when so many are suffering from horrible pain... But the mental anguish is (I believe) equally as bad :(
you look fantastic!! So don't worry!!!

mabeckoff
12-02-2012, 10:48 PM
Hi Vic I completely understand, I WISH I looked like you after my surgery. I am almost 3 months post op and I'm still soooo crooked, high hip, leaning way to the side, go in on only one side of my waist, look wretched! Look way worse tHan before surgery. I have no pain, but you want to look good, normal, after going through something like this - especially after looking different your whole life.... Needless to say I'm not happy. I have been distant from the boards because I don't want to complain about aesthetics when so many are suffering from horrible pain... But the mental anguish is (I believe) equally as bad :(
you look fantastic!! So don't worry!!!

What has Dr Bederman told you about your situation?

tae_tap
12-03-2012, 07:44 AM
Hi Vic I completely understand, I WISH I looked like you after my surgery. I am almost 3 months post op and I'm still soooo crooked, high hip, leaning way to the side, go in on only one side of my waist, look wretched! Look way worse tHan before surgery. I have no pain, but you want to look good, normal, after going through something like this - especially after looking different your whole life.... Needless to say I'm not happy. I have been distant from the boards because I don't want to complain about aesthetics when so many are suffering from horrible pain... But the mental anguish is (I believe) equally as bad :(
you look fantastic!! So don't worry!!!

King,

I would give anything to just be out of pain! I am 6 weeks post op and chose to skip the idea of having a straight spine and appearance to retain range of motion and to just have the pain disappear. I will post pics when I have Internet other than my iPad because I have not figured out how to do it from here. I realize it is still early to be out of pain, but the fact that your pain is gone is a miracle! Remember, it is not your outer appearance that people get to know and love. It is who you are. That is how so many of us on these board become so close without even seeing one another. It is because we get to know the person without sight. You have to learn to love the you that God created inside and out. He makes no mistakes and to Him you are perfect. Since the pain is gone (which is the main reason to have this extensive surgery) then love your whole self.

Tamena

Irina
12-03-2012, 12:51 PM
Hi Vic I completely understand, I WISH I looked like you after my surgery. I am almost 3 months post op and I'm still soooo crooked, high hip, leaning way to the side, go in on only one side of my waist, look wretched! Look way worse tHan before surgery. I have no pain, but you want to look good, normal, after going through something like this - especially after looking different your whole life.... Needless to say I'm not happy. I have been distant from the boards because I don't want to complain about aesthetics when so many are suffering from horrible pain... But the mental anguish is (I believe) equally as bad :(
you look fantastic!! So don't worry!!!

Hi King,

I am so sorry to hear about your cosmetic result. I won't be a happy camper either... I agree that being out of pain is the most important goal of this surgery, but many of us are looking forward to at least some cosmetic improvement, espeically when we are youngish. I remember that you had a very flexible spine and thought that you'd get good correction... I wonder what your doctor says about it. May be some PT will help? I truly hope that somehow your appearance will improve and you'd be happy with the outcome.

JenniferG
12-03-2012, 02:21 PM
Hi Vic I completely understand, I WISH I looked like you after my surgery. I am almost 3 months post op and I'm still soooo crooked, high hip, leaning way to the side, go in on only one side of my waist, look wretched! Look way worse tHan before surgery. I have no pain, but you want to look good, normal, after going through something like this - especially after looking different your whole life.... Needless to say I'm not happy. I have been distant from the boards because I don't want to complain about aesthetics when so many are suffering from horrible pain... But the mental anguish is (I believe) equally as bad :(
you look fantastic!! So don't worry!!!

Hi King, I'm sorry you feel so bad about your appearance. I can't blame you for being disappointed if you look worse than pre-op. It's important to be pain-free but yes, you would want to look better, even if you're not expecting miracles. Don't stay off the forum. All our feelings are valid and there is always someone out there who'll read your post, and think, "I'm not alone."

Our results vary so much. It's great to hear of excellent outcomes but we need to hear about all outcomes.

I'm wondering what your curves were pre op and post op. Did you gain height and how much? Have you lost loads of weight? Are you planning on asking your surgeon about your appearance? We'd all be interested in hearing what he has to say.

JuliaAnn
12-03-2012, 05:29 PM
Vic, you look great! Your shoulders are so straight. And wow, to have little pain at 4 weeks post op is pretty impressive.

While I was in the hospital, Dr Hey told me that the way I looked now would not be my final appearance. He said it takes weeks or months for the ribs to settle into their final position. That makes sense. Three weeks after my surgery, my biggest pain wasn't my multiple drilled bones but rather the stretched and reconfigured ribs, with stretched nerves and muscles. At one point, I even went to the emergency room thinking I broke some ribs or had a gall bladder infection because the pain was so bad. It took a couple weeks with a heating pad for the pain to subside in my ribs. The muscles and nerves are slowly growing to fit the new shape of my rib cage, with which I am very pleased.

I'd give it a little more time if I were you. In the meantime, you really do look terrific.

GOE
12-03-2012, 07:55 PM
Hi guys,

Well, today is my 4 week anniversary and I have a couple of questions/concerns I'd like yo share. Might just be panicking and paranoid so wondered if anyone could put me at ease at all.

I love my new straight back and all the rib humps that were there before have gone...this has really surpassed my expectations! But I'm not very happy with my front view. I still have a more prominent left ribcage and when I look in the mirror I still look like I'm slightly rotating and leaning towards the left (this is the side I tended towards before surgery). My Mum and Dad keep on telling me that nobody is perfect but I expected more and I can't help feeling down.

See front view post op:
http://i47.tinypic.com/23tp0u1.jpg

I am worried this is getting/will get worse and that perhaps my spine is fusing in a position that it shouldn't because of the way I'm holding myself?? Is this possible or are the rods too strong to allow this to happen?

I have my follow up appointment on 3rd of Jan but think I may see if I can bring it forward as I'm scared that if they need to correct something, it will be harder the longer I leave it.

I am wondering if it is just the position of my left rib cage causing this appearance of leaning. It feels like my ribcage needs tilting forwards more -hard to describe but hope that might make sense?? I also feel like my upper body is naturally trying to twist towards the left.

Prior to surgery I asked about having a costoplasty if it was needed to fix the cosmetic appearance of my rib cage and Mr T said he would do that if he felt it necessary once he got in there but he obviously decided not to. I'm now thinking perhaps I should have pushed for this more. Has anyone else here had a costoplasty to better the appearance of a prominent rib cage at the front? Is this something I could look into having as an additional surgery after spinal fusion?

I'm also wondering if this leaning/twisting has something to do with my hips as they don't feel quite square with my shoulders which I think shows in the after X-rays too (my hips are more towards the right).

Anyway,sorry for all the questions! Just a bit panicky...my Mum is telling me that I'm not in the best frame of mind either as I am still 4 weeks post surgery but just wanted to air my concerns!

On a positive note, it is 2.40pm and I haven't taken any painkillers yet and am not in any pain really!

Thanks guys
x

Hello Vic -

Hope you are feeling better with the responses to your posts. I haven't posted much cos in the first year after my surgery I like you felt that some of my feelings would seem silly or plain ungrateful. Then I blamed myself as well for anytime I might have bent slightly or lifted something more than 5lbs etc. Fast forward 18 months post op and I know all those feelings were valid and that is why I wanted to send you a response since I dealt with this too.

Don't worry yourself too much. My surgeon said exactly what Linda said. He said in the case of large curves, the deformity in the rib cage becomes permanent so even after they derotate the spine some assymetry is still there. Unlike your surgeon, my surgeon actually told me he would do the thoracoplasty and had me sign the forms for that as well. However he did not feel it was necessary after he got in there. I know when we are sooo young, in as much as we don't go into it for the cosmetic appearance we feel like that should be our "gift" for going through this ordeal. I was really upset that he did not do the thoracoplasty esp since I do still have a bit of a hump. I honestly could not get it out of my mind so I just asked him point blank when I went for my 1yr appt. His answer was that it really isn't worth it cos it would not take away all the assymetry anyways and would only cause worse post op pains which in my case I honestly cannot imagine worse pain as I am 18 months post op and not yet completely pain free.

We are always most critical of ourselves so always remember that. The spine continues to settle in the first year or so so as someone else mentioned your appearance will continue to change. Don't beat yourself up. I know I did and that is why I hope you don't. You look great to me and I am sure you are the only one that notices this. I had a big hollow on the right side of my chest and a very prominent left side due to the derotation of my spine. I hated it soooo much but the good news is as I gained back the 10-15 lbs I lost post op, the right side has filled up and it doesn't look as bad. It is still there but definitely looks better so in my mind is a good justification for gaining some weight :)

Finally I am just learning each day to accept my new body post op, appreciating the improvement and accepting that life is not perfect.

Healing thoughts
GOE

king14
12-04-2012, 01:35 AM
Hi- so to answer everyone's questions:
Dr said at first that it will take time to adjust. Next appt he said that my leg lengths were different and had me build up my shoes (Ortho guy added on the bottom of my shoe 2 cm, (sexy)) then...myself and pt said its almost too much (my gait was off and it was almost like I was "stepping up"), after changing 4 pairs of shoes!!!! Dr says ditch the shoe lift and we'll do X-rays of my legs to see for sure if they were different lengths. He just measured before did not take X-rays.
I am doing pt 3 times a week, have been doing this since 6 weeks post op... I'm holding on to hope that this will adjust. I would Love to be wrong!!! But in three months I'm either the same or getting worse def not getting better :(. ... At all. I look a bit worse cause swelling is completely gone and it looks like I'm leaning more than before...I lost maybe 3 pounds with surgery so nothing drastic and I've gained it back.
I have my 3 month appt next week... We'll see what he says.
My curves pre-op 56 over 53
Post-op being fused T4to L1
Thoracic - 16 degrees
Lumbar- 32 degrees

More so than I look bad.... I have a pretty gnarly Trunk shift... If it doesn't resolve- I'm sure that new problems will arise from that. And as much as I love myself the way God made me, I'm over it- and wanna look nice too.

And I'm truly sorry for all of you out there in pain!!!

JenniferG
12-04-2012, 02:15 AM
Hi- so to answer everyone's questions:
Dr said at first that it will take time to adjust. Next appt he said that my leg lengths were different and had me build up my shoes (Ortho guy added on the bottom of my shoe 2 cm, (sexy)) then...myself and pt said its almost too much (my gait was off and it was almost like I was "stepping up"), after changing 4 pairs of shoes!!!! Dr says ditch the shoe lift and we'll do X-rays of my legs to see for sure if they were different lengths. He just measured before did not take X-rays.
I am doing pt 3 times a week, have been doing this since 6 weeks post op... I'm holding on to hope that this will adjust. I would Love to be wrong!!! But in three months I'm either the same or getting worse def not getting better :(. ... At all. I look a bit worse cause swelling is completely gone and it looks like I'm leaning more than before...I lost maybe 3 pounds with surgery so nothing drastic and I've gained it back.
I have my 3 month appt next week... We'll see what he says.
My curves pre-op 56 over 53
Post-op being fused T4to L1
Thoracic - 16 degrees
Lumbar- 32 degrees

More so than I look bad.... I have a pretty gnarly Trunk shift... If it doesn't resolve- I'm sure that new problems will arise from that. And as much as I love myself the way God made me, I'm over it- and wanna look nice too.

And I'm truly sorry for all of you out there in pain!!!

Thanks King. When you say you're leaning, do you mean to the side, or forwards? I lean to the side and at 3.5 years out, so far no new problems have arisen so I hope that gives you some confidence. I too, seem to have one leg shorter than the other. When I asked my surgeon if I should get a shoe lift, he said no, without any explanation. But I did get one a few months ago, to wear in my left walking shoe (I had a left curve) because it's when I'm out walking that my gait seems the most "out of whack." It helped, to a degree. I bought a 3/8" lift.

But I do feel for you about your dissatisfaction with the way you look. I think it's reasonable to expect to look better. I'll be very interested in hearing what your surgeon says at your next appt. I hope you'll let us know.

jrnyc
12-04-2012, 09:10 AM
Jen, i think you look great in the "after" pic...
the scar looks clean, and it doesn't show that you are leaning...
are you able to walk OK...?
do you feel like you are leaning when you walk...?
i am kinda surprised as i thought you were really pleased with
your outcome...

jess

PollensaGirl
12-04-2012, 11:31 AM
Hi Vic I completely understand, I WISH I looked like you after my surgery. I am almost 3 months post op and I'm still soooo crooked, high hip, leaning way to the side, go in on only one side of my waist, look wretched! Look way worse tHan before surgery. I have no pain, but you want to look good, normal, after going through something like this - especially after looking different your whole life.... Needless to say I'm not happy. I have been distant from the boards because I don't want to complain about aesthetics when so many are suffering from horrible pain... But the mental anguish is (I believe) equally as bad :(
you look fantastic!! So don't worry!!!

King, first of all thank you for your lovely comments and I know exactly what you mean about sounding ungrateful by writing these types of things but please don't let that deter you from airing your concerns on here. That's what this place is for after all, it's not just a place to share the good outcomes, it should convey a real picture of surgery, recovery and potential results, cosmetic or not!

I know I felt a whole lot better after posting...it's cathartic and everyone is so supportive and it puts you in a better frame of mind!

I am sure like everyone says here (and all my family constantly) that even though this seems like the end of the world to us that other people will not notice, not on a conscious level anyway. I know this does not compensate for the fact that WE had a hope/expectation of a result that was as close to perfect as you can imagine.

Also, because I was one of the lucky ones and did not suffer from chronic pain, the cosmetic side was all the more important to me. This is not to say that I don't thank my lucky stars that I didn't suffer like some on here in that way and that (touch wood) so far I am managing the post surgery pain well.

My main fear is that my appearance will deteriorate and I end up not liking my body just as much as I did before surgery, as well as having lost a great deal of flexibility.

Since I started this thread, I have written to my surgeon and brought my appointment forward to Friday 15th December (previously booked in for 3rd Jan) so hopefully I will get some answers and he will put my mind at rest that my appearance will not worsen.

Were you happy with your appearance and result straight after surgery or was your surgeon unable to get a good correction? Did you have another Xray at your recent appointment that showed any movement/change since the surgery?

Please please please don't stay away from the boards! Sharing your anguish is better than keeping it inside!

Big hug
Vic
xxx

Confusedmom
12-04-2012, 12:17 PM
Vic,

I honestly think you look fantastic. I can see a slight difference in the protrusion of your rib in front, but that is all, and that is looking for it. If I were you, I'd be shopping for bikinis!! You look great.

Just as an aside, I also am fairly straight in the back, but a bit assymetrical in the front. I had a severe rotation, so the surgeon couldn't completely fix that. I also have a slight rib hump left. That said, I think I look much better than before. Not as scrunched up, for sure. I would wear a bikini, too, if I could just lost those darn extra 10 lbs!! :)

Best,
Evelyn

PollensaGirl
12-04-2012, 12:22 PM
Aw thanks Evelyn! Good to hear I'm not on my own with the front asymmetry although I'm sure you look great in a bikini with a few extra pounds or not! hehe ;)