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mbrehm
06-19-2009, 08:12 PM
First ,I want to wish everyone here who is having surgery or recovering now all the best for a good outcome and complete recovery ! Thank you everyone for your advice and help It has been invaluable to me.

John will be having his surgery tuesday 6/23 At childrens hospital in Knoxville. We had our pre-op meeting and testing today. I was very impressed with the staff at childrens everything was explained to us VERY thoroughly by the program coordinator and the anesthesiologist. They explained the surgery in detail and explained all we need to know about pain management and what to expect in the days folling surgery. We were givin a tour of the hospital and taken to the ICU and to where his room will be. We will be living at the hospital while he is there. Dr Sears will be doing the surgery with Dr. Crawford from Knoxville Orthopeadic. We went for a second opinion from Dr Pearce in Chattanooga, he assured us we were in good hands here and really helped to ease our fear. Also while at Dr Sears office at our last visit we met a teenage girl who was just 3 weeks post op and very happy with her out come and said she was feeling great. She showed us her pre and post x-rays and her spine looked nearly perfect. John's going to be fused from T-5 to L-3 with Stainless steel hardware. I did question the use of stainless steel because of the MRI problems it can cause down the road. Dr. Sears was very adamant about stainless steel getting a better correction and being more durable.
John age 18
pre-op
Thoracic curve 51
lumbar curve 48

Pooka1
06-19-2009, 08:18 PM
Good luck to John, you and your family. :)

kennedy
06-19-2009, 11:54 PM
good luck john

Beckymk
06-20-2009, 09:24 PM
Good Luck!!!

sarah105
06-21-2009, 12:44 AM
Good luck to John. I had my surgery less than 3 weeks ago. I am about his age and had similar curves and I am already feeling great. I have been able to leave my house since my first day home from the hospital even if it was just to run errands or drive to the mall to walk (the weather here has been terrible) I hope he bounces back just as quickly!
I also questioned the use of stainless steel because I was nervous about allergies but my doctor assured me that wouldn't be a problem and gave the same reasons (the flexibility for correction and the durability) for using it.

Good Luck!

mbrehm
06-21-2009, 10:07 AM
I think it's amazing how fast you have recovered! Thank you it does me a lot of good to hear it. John was very impressed by the photos and the quick recovery. He's not nearly as nervous as I am :)



Good luck to John. I had my surgery less than 3 weeks ago. I am about his age and had similar curves and I am already feeling great. I have been able to leave my house since my first day home from the hospital even if it was just to run errands or drive to the mall to walk (the weather here has been terrible) I hope he bounces back just as quickly!
I also questioned the use of stainless steel because I was nervous about allergies but my doctor assured me that wouldn't be a problem and gave the same reasons (the flexibility for correction and the durability) for using it.

Good Luck!

sparklegirl59
06-21-2009, 03:12 PM
i wish the best of luckk to John(:

WNCmom
06-21-2009, 07:09 PM
Wishing John the best of luck!

laurieg6
06-22-2009, 12:51 AM
Good luck to John with his surgery! I'm sure it will go really well and soon you'll be on the "other side".

I had similar concerns about the stainless steel rods but our surgeon said the same thing as yours, so that's what was used.