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jworth
12-18-2013, 08:09 AM
Hi everyone,

its been 4 weeks since my surgery on 11/18. My surgery went very well and Im feeling pretty good. I was in the hospital for 9 days, longer than I had expected but I had what is called an ilius or a bowel obstruction while I was there and wasnt able to eat much or go to the bathroom. The hospital was wonderful except for the lousy bed and noise from all of the nurses coming in and out. I was very much ready to get out at about a week but had to stick around a little longer. I then went to an inpatient rehab for 11 days. I would highly recommend this for anyone who is planning on having surgery. This rehab was unbelievable. It was like a fancy hotel with nurses and PT's. I had PT and OT, each about an hour a day and was able to get a lot of rest and care in between. I became very close with the 12 other people that were in short term like me and we became like a little family. I missed my own family so much during this time but they came to visit almost every day. I think the hardest thing was missing Thanksgiving this year. We hope to do a redo next week. My children were troopers during the 3 weeks but I missed them so much and was so happy to be home. My husband is my hero...he came to see me every day even though both the hospital and rehab were both 45 minutes away. He took care of the kids, the house, and worked when he could. I am so thankful for all of the wonderful support I got from family, friends and coworkers.

Im doing well at home so far and not even using have a cane or walker at this point. Doing outpatient rehab for 6 weeks which is also very helpful. For anyone who has to go through this surgery, you can do it and you will get through it, I promise. I had a very positive state of mind going in and that helps a lot. Im looking forward to getting off the meds in a few weeks hopefully and being able to drive and get back to work. Id be glad to talk to anyone if they have any questions. Please dont hesitate to ask.

My surgery was T3-L3 and my curve went from 60 degrees down to 15. Pretty amazing and I feel straight for once! :)

Happy holidays to everyone and thank you for all of your support.

Jill

jackieg412
12-18-2013, 05:05 PM
Glad that you are doing well!!

WLB1
12-18-2013, 10:45 PM
Hi, Jill,

Sounds like you are doing very well. Glad to hear it, but, be careful not to get too excited and do too much early on...you might jar something accidentally. The fusion takes about six weeks or so to heal initially, but six months to a year to completely heal, and then you have all those stretched out muscles and organs and internal things that don't want to go back where they belong. I was doing great at six weeks when I went in to see my surgeon. No cane or walker needed. He looked me in the eyes and said, you are just getting started with the real healing. Be careful! Of course, that was me, not you, but I think being careful is better than being cared for longer any day of the week!

You have a great spouse and family. You are blessed!

Wendy

susancook
12-19-2013, 02:20 AM
Jill, so glad that you feel so well. Take care of yourself!
Susan

JenniferG
12-19-2013, 04:42 AM
Great news, Jill!

Doodles
12-19-2013, 12:19 PM
Jill--
That sounds wonderful! Very happy for you and remember to take it easy--don't rush things as much as you might likie too! Janet

Doodles
12-19-2013, 12:34 PM
...as much as you might LIKE to. I hate when that happens. Old English teachers must fix errors!

Irina
12-19-2013, 03:39 PM
I am very happy for you, Jill! Thank you for sharing - I am sure that posts like this will inspire people who are considering or getting closer to the surgery date.

PeggyS
12-20-2013, 03:35 PM
Jill, I'm so happy for you! Thanks for sharing.
Peggy

bluestone
12-22-2013, 05:10 PM
Sounds like your doing great although not wanting to put a dampener on things you are in the elated high period at the moment. I can remember feeling like this until I was at least 8 weeks-then the real healing process started to work. This recovery is very up and down, full of highs and lows and certainly tests us to the limit!

We are all different though so hopefully your recovery will continue to be uneventful.

golfnut
12-22-2013, 07:05 PM
Jill,
I'm glad you are doing well. I hope you continue to have a smooth recovery.

scooter950
12-30-2013, 09:11 AM
Hi Jill,
yes my surgeon recommended inpatient rehab too, since I live so far from the hospital ( over 4 hr drive). I dread the drive even without surgery! but my question for you: how tall are you now? did you gain inches? do you have a waistline now? I am about 65 degrees +/- in the thoracic area, yes, Iknow this is not a cosmetic surgery BUT it would be so nice to have a waistline. I feel all crumpled up in the middle, I hope your recovery continues to improve daily! Jamie in TX

Irina
12-30-2013, 05:45 PM
Hi Jill,
yes my surgeon recommended inpatient rehab too, since I live so far from the hospital ( over 4 hr drive). I dread the drive even without surgery! but my question for you: how tall are you now? did you gain inches? do you have a waistline now? I am about 65 degrees +/- in the thoracic area, yes, Iknow this is not a cosmetic surgery BUT it would be so nice to have a waistline. I feel all crumpled up in the middle, I hope your recovery continues to improve daily! Jamie in TX

Hi Jamie,

I am not Jill, but wanted to answer your question too. I gained 3 inches from my surgery - was 5.6 going in and 5.9 going out. And yes, I have a waistline! Even though my back is not perfectly straight, it is such a dramatic improvement over what it used to be! I threw away all my baggy clothes and only wear form-fitting things now. You're right, it's not a cosmetic surgery, but cosmetic benefit is such a huge bonus!

JenniferG
12-30-2013, 09:47 PM
I regained nearly 2 inches despite still having a 22 degree curve. Yes, I have a waist and a nice lordosis curve in my back, something I used to have in my younger years but lost gradually, as my curve worsened. Before surgery I didn't think about the possible cosmetic results so it came as a very pleasant surprise.

golfnut
12-31-2013, 08:05 AM
Jamie,
I gained 2 inches in height and went from a 70 degree curve to approximately 25 degree. To the naked eye, my back looks perfectly straight and I have a normal looking waistline. I no longer have a rib hump and touch the area several times a week in disbelief that it is flat! Thank you, Dr. Lenke. I no longer seek the loose fitting clothing when shopping with the dread of looking at the back view of an outfit as I did in the past.

susancook
01-01-2014, 06:31 PM
My surgeon recommended rehab and I thought that it was definitely needed, especially for older persons with degenerative scoliosis that results in lots of rebuilding of discs. The hospital did very little teaching in walking and self care. The rehab hospital helped me to walk well and do bathroom and toilet care. Frankly, I do not remember my 10 days in the surgical hospital. I was so drugged from pain management, that while I may have been in pain and maybe i had some PT or OT, I do not remember it. Also, for me and maybe some other older persons, I had urinary incontinence for 3 weeks afte surgery. The prospect of wearing Depends for the rest of my life was depressing. It spontaneously stopped at about 4 weeks, so being in the rehab hospital was great for allowing my body to heal. Also, I was anemic and still had electrolyte imbalances which they treated in the rehab hospital. Almost forgot, I had L pulmonary atelectasis which caused severe chest pain. The hospital staff immediately responded with an ECG and X-rays to rule out cardiac problems. That would have been very scary if it happened at home because I would have called an ambulance and would go to a hospital where nobody knew me.
Susan

PeggyS
01-01-2014, 08:22 PM
I love hearing about the success people have had with height & waistlines! An encouraging bonus, for sure!
Happy New Year!

jworth
01-07-2014, 12:18 PM
Hi all,

yes, I did gain back at inch. I was 5'3" a few years ago, then went down to 5'1" and now am 5'2". I'll take what I can get! :) I do have a waistline and believe it or not have lost about 6 lbs, which was very unexpected. Im hoping to keep it off. I think my appetite just isn't that big right now.

Best of luck to all of you and heres to health in 2014!

Jill