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katiev25
06-16-2006, 05:34 AM
Hi again, so many questions keep popping to my head now thats its only 2 weeks away. Was wondering if theres anyone in here who has had Dr angus gray at sydney childrens or prince of wales hospital? Just wondering how your experience was with him. also, for all other aussies in here, how did you get referred for physio or was that up to you. a lot of americans in here seem to have had that as part of their recovery. Am i meant to fend for myself on this one. I have been told that many post fusion patients become wanderers in the street because all they can do is walk for the first couple of months.
Any help would be great.
Katie.

sweetness514
06-16-2006, 05:36 PM
Can't tell you how it is down under but here in Canada, I had no PT for my back(just for my arms and legs and it started in the hospital) and it was for the best, as the first year it would have hurt my back more in my case. PT is usually only good for strenghtening the lower back(besides the arms and legs) if it isn't fused to support the fused vertebreas, and for me, it makes the healing fusion hurt more and gets my lower back muscles way too tense and hard and I prefer lighter exercises. I do know it has helped some people, but you have to wait and ask your ortho for when you can start post op, that's if he's pro PT so early post surgery. Walking and going to the pool(after the three month mark) was what I could do.

lindabar
06-19-2006, 06:15 PM
I'm an American living in Sydney. I had scoliosis surgery last year at Westmead private. My surgeon did not give any specific recommendations for physio. He just told me no heavy lifting or torso twisting. I got some recommendations from my GP and I tried several, but I didn't think they understood what exercises I need to do. My surgeon recommended swimming or walking in deep water after six months. Another adult patient of my surgeon gave me the name of a physio who is good with people with fusions. I didn't go because the northern beach area was too far for me to travel, but I could find out her name (the physio) if you want.

katiev25
06-19-2006, 08:36 PM
Thanks. Well i actually live on the south coast about 3 hours from North Sydney so i won't take you up on that. I have a great remedial masseuse who is researching some physio methods over the next couple of weeks. I'll get back to you if anything works really well.
Katie.

sonya
06-19-2006, 11:38 PM
Hi again, so many questions keep popping to my head now thats its only 2 weeks away. Was wondering if theres anyone in here who has had Dr angus gray at sydney childrens or prince of wales hospital? Just wondering how your experience was with him. also, for all other aussies in here, how did you get referred for physio or was that up to you. a lot of americans in here seem to have had that as part of their recovery. Am i meant to fend for myself on this one. I have been told that many post fusion patients become wanderers in the street because all they can do is walk for the first couple of months.
Any help would be great.
Katie.
hi im from perth wa and had fusion 15 years ago, back then it was up to me to organise physio, but the hospital should give you some names of places to contact. :)

cathydownunder
06-20-2006, 01:37 AM
Hi Katie
3 hours south of North Sydney should put you about the Nowra area right?
I live on the Gold Coast moved here from Sydney 2 1/2 years ago.
Am having a disc replacement and fusion done in 13 days (who's counting?)
My surgeon sends all his patients to physio within 2 weeks of discharge and the physiotherapist visits in hospital the day after surgery to teach you how to correctly get in/out of bed etc.
Each surgeon has their own views on physiotherapy, some for , some against.
Walking is definitely encouraged, it helps the muscles, wakes up the intestines and helps disperse the anaesthetic.
Good luck
Cathy

Mags
06-08-2008, 08:24 PM
Hi all

I know this is an old thread but thought I'd post my details just in case anyone is searching.

I would love to hear from anyone else in Sydney - I am scheduled to have revision surgery with Dr Cree at Mater in Crows Nest on the 19th June 2008. Has anyone else had Dr Cree? Is there any other surgeons in Sydney that does revision surgery?

I orginally had a fusion and harrington rods in 1984 with Mr Morley at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in UK and had 32 degree curve. Transpires rod displaced and curve currently estimated to be 64 degrees (so original surgery failed).

I now live in Sydney and Professor Ryan said he was too old to do this type of complex stuff and referred me to Dr Cree.

Please get in touch if you live in Sydney....

Cheers

Mags

I_luv_Jay
06-09-2008, 05:48 AM
Hi all

Has anyone else had Dr Cree?Please get in touch if you live in Sydney....

Cheers

Mags

Hi Mags,

I had surgery to correct scoliosis in 2004 and it was done by Dr (Andrew) Cree but not at the same hosp u are scheduled to go to, though I assume it is no doubt the same doctor?...

Here is a link to an old post of mine from the year after i had surgery (& when i discovered this forum :) ) http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showthread.php?t=1612&highlight=Cree

Good luck with your surgery.

I_luv_Jay

Jimbo
06-10-2008, 02:02 AM
I am an Australian MATE! Well half aussie anyways. I am going to see Mr Gray on the 25th of this month. He better be good!