View Full Version : 3 months post op!! T2-S1 fusion

10-07-2009, 03:24 AM
So, it has been interesting... to say the least. I didn't know exactly how hard it was going to be for like, a couple MONTHS after surgery!! I ended up going through 17 hours of surgery, 7 blood transfusions, and 11 days in the hospital. I have plans for the next few days to get on here and do updates.. with the whole experience/story to share.. I am at home finally (I had to stay at my mom's while i was post op for a while because I have a little girl that my mom was caring for, and even though I couldn't do anything, I couldn't bare to be away from her).

I have my pictures from surgery stuff on facebook.. Im gonna try and post the link to the pictures like everyone does but I'm not too familiar with doing that so I hope it works, if not-- message me or just add me on face book (Nikki Shuman)... there are some crazy pictures-- OH! And check this out: (dont worry they're not in the album) but I convinced my doctor to take a couple pictures for me DURING surgery. Yeah, he rocks. If anyone is having surgery in the Chicago area... Dr. Christopher Dewald. I swear by him. He's awesome and I would have driven from California if I had to for him... thank God I'm only 3 hours away.

Facebook pics:
The hospital pictures

Some after pictures (the difference is remarkable, I look like a whole new person. For the first time in my life, I feel pretty. I hope that doesn't seem shallow, but I have NEVER felt like someone who had a 'nice body' or anything like that... now, I feel like I look normal... I dont feel normal by any means, but I think I look more normal. ANYWAY- some after pics!

OH! My baby girl just turned 1, there are some better pics in this album too if you all wanna take a look!! YAY!


10-07-2009, 04:45 AM
That brought back a few memories! 17 hours! Hope you will tell us a bit more about your surgery and I for one would love to see the pics your surgeon took.

I have to say you managed to look beautiful the whole way through your ordeal and your little girl's a little doll.

10-07-2009, 09:21 AM

I looked at every one of your pictures on Facebook - you are an inspiration to me! You seem like such a wonderful woman and now you have such a straight spine, woohoo!

I am now 2 weeks post-op and in the thick of it. My pain is still very bad and I am struggling to sit up for 20 minutes at a time, but your pictures show me that it will get better, and I thank you for that.

By the way, I also live in the Midwest ~3 hours from Chicago, in Champaign-Urbana, IL. The pictures of you walking out in the country with the corn in the background look just like where I live.

I hope your recovery continues to be successful! Also, your daughter is such a cutie!!


2 wks post-op
Fusion & instrumentation from T9 - L2 on Sept. 23rd, 2009

10-07-2009, 12:20 PM
Thanks for sharing those pictures. They really gave a great insight into this surgery.

Is it common for people's bellies to poke out like that after surgery? I aint gonna be lookin forward to that :D

10-08-2009, 04:52 AM
yea u are also an inspiration to me as well. im 25 and my large curve is 74 degrees and i think it will progress. :( I hope things continue to get better for you everyday. :) are you really happy you did it?

10-08-2009, 07:59 AM
17 hours? Wow! Seriously though, hope all is well, bet wishes on the road to recovery.:)

Hey Steph,
Hang in there, it does get better everyday! Just rest rest and more rest!:)

your surgeon usually tells you if about your tummy if your having anterior surgery. The crappy part about it is that, you can't do situps to make it go away - only abdominal bracing!:(