View Full Version : Patrick at 11 months/ Pictures/x-rays finally

04-12-2008, 04:34 PM
Can't believe it's almost a year ago already!!
Ok so Patrick had his 11 month check-up last week and other then an initial scare all seems well. He will be clear for pretty much all activities in one month except contact sports for another year and, sadly, roller coasters for another 6 months (his physics class is going on a field trip to an amusement park soon, boohoo).
The scare came when I saw the x-ray and immediately saw that his lumber spine has increased. My heart sank. Both thoracic and lumber are now at 31*, first "official" measurement I have seen. But the surgeon was happy with this and doesn't see the increase as progression just the spine finding it's new place and he was not concerned with the increase. I pray that he is right. So now it's another year before we go back again.

presurgery1 (http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk307/scoliboymom/?action=view&current=IMG_4061.jpg)
presurgery2 (http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk307/scoliboymom/?action=view&current=IMG_4503.jpg)
presurgery3 (http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk307/scoliboymom/?action=view&current=IMG_4512.jpg)
postsurgery1 (http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk307/scoliboymom/?action=view&current=IMG_4592.jpg)
postsurgery2 (http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk307/scoliboymom/?action=view&current=IMG_5647.jpg)
presurgeryxray (http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk307/scoliboymom/?action=view&current=xray1.jpg)
postsurgeryxrays (http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk307/scoliboymom/?action=view&current=xraycomparison.jpg)

04-12-2008, 05:47 PM
Such improvement :) It's great to see that the correction was good, my question tho: what's the post op curves? Im just curious. But either way, good luck in the long term future, I'm sure he'll get so much more enjoyment out of his straight spine post op then the pre op curvy one! ;)

04-12-2008, 09:23 PM
Thanks for sharing the photos, Ramona. I'm glad Patrick is doing well. The correction is amazing...these surgeons are awesome! Best wishes,

04-15-2008, 08:28 PM
Hi Ramona,

Patrick's x-rays and back look great now. Alexander's spine curves like Patrick's above and below his fusion. It freaked me out too to see that, and I worried that he would need another surgery to correct it. But the surgeon said that those curves were normal and good for keeping his fused area, and overall spine, well balanced and moving as much as possible (I think that's about what he said.)

Anyway, congratulations on his successful appointment. It's so weird to hear that he still has those restrictions at 11 mos. post-op. The docs are all so different. Our surgeon seemed to say that Alexander could do anything he wants at 6 mos. post-op, except contact sports which he should never do.

Take care,

04-16-2008, 08:56 AM
Lookin' good!