View Full Version : Surgery in 3 Months

10-31-2009, 12:12 AM
Well, I went and had my 2nd appointment with Dr Angus Gray last week. He is such an awesome surgeon and I am extremely pleased with the consultation, well sort of anyway. After reviewing all of my x-rays, MRI's he changed his mind about a selective anterior lumbar fusion and he now recommends a much longer posterior fusion from around T2-L4! Unfortunately, my disk at L4 is bad so he has to include it. So I will have only two free disks.

I am somewhat concerned about this longer fusion, but the Dr explained it isn't that bad. I am thinking hard about it and am warming to the decision as the upper curve and lower are both structural and I may as well get both fixed.

My surgery date is Jan 25th 2010.

The surgeon told me I will most likely face this operation in the future and getting it now will result in better correction and quicker bounce back. Still, such a long fusion, puts the fear into me. This really is one of the hardest decision of one's life.

I am really impressed with Dr Gray though and if anyone was going to do this operation on me I would happily to choose him.

10-31-2009, 01:47 AM
Hi Jimbo,

Since you now have a surgery date with Dr. Gray and your still understandably concerned with the long fusion, ask Dr Gray if he can put you in touch with a previous patient, that has had the same or near the same levels fused at maybe say 12 months post-op, so that you can have a chat about what to expect. My surgeon did this for me and i was most grateful that he did - answered a lot of questions and put to rest a lot of fears.
Good Luck.
PS Looks like no BBQ for you on Australia Day!

10-31-2009, 02:56 AM
Hi Jimbo. Glad you have found a surgeon you feel comfortable with. Good advice there from Vali. Speaking to someone with the same length fusion should put your mind at rest. Give you a chance to ask a whole lot of other questions too, at the same time. My surgeon did the same for me.

10-31-2009, 04:35 AM
Hi Jimbo,

There is nothing more important than feeling extremely comfortable with your surgeon!!!

I am fused from T-1 to L-5, if you have any questions.

Just ask,

10-31-2009, 08:08 AM
Hi Jimbo,

I'm glad you've got a date. I know about having the feat of God put into you with this decision. For me too, it was the hardest decision of my life. You are young though, and your Dr. is right that he will probably get a better correction and you'll recover quickly.

I'm fused T3 to L3 and honestly, not bothered at all at this point with restrictions on mobility.

Good luck, and of course, ask anything you want.

loves to skate
10-31-2009, 11:36 AM
Hi Jimbo,
I'm glad you finally have a date for surgery. The decision to go ahead with the surgery and the waiting is very hard, but January 25th will be here before you know it. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

11-01-2009, 12:44 AM
Hi Jimbo,
I am glad you like Dr Angus Gray, as do I :) I have had one appointment with him and am going back for my second later this month after having MRI scans this Wednesday.
I wish you all the best for your surgery. I am now really nervous about my second appointment as I will probably find out my surgery date. I would assume I would only be a few weeks after you unless it might clash with the start of a new school year too much. I am definitely with you when you say it is a hard decision, but I was told as my curves are both already so large, having surgery now would save increasingly worse pain in the future.
I will try my best to follow your posts as it is comforting to know you see Dr Angus Gray as well. I found he was a really nice and caring man, and I am grateful I was referred to him. I definitely couldn’t ask for a better Doctor :D

11-01-2009, 04:22 AM
Thankyou for your comforting words and good advice. Dr Gray did give me couple of numbers of his previous patients, I will call them very soon.

I suppose my greatest fear of this surgery is that i will be walking around like a robot :( but my Dr told me that will not be the case.

I think I know what to expect, I have been following all of your journeys closely for a couple of years now, but I still have my doubts. I know though that I will not back out of this operation, so I may aswell just keep focused on other things untill the surgery, just as my surgeon told me to do :)

Keep well folks!

ShortEb - It makes me feel more at ease knowing other people here are seeing Dr Gray, and I will keep you informed with my recovery :D

11-01-2009, 06:54 AM
Hi Jimbo, I'm fused T1-L4 and honestly don't feel as though I have any restrictions on my mobility :) I am very active, more so than many of my friends who don't have scoliosis. I climb mountains and cycle for miles! One of my favourite hobbies is geocaching, which means I regularly have to scramble under fences and over gates and up trees to find a cache. I have no problems with this :D

11-01-2009, 11:47 PM

Well you finally have a date! I'm glad you are comfortable with your surgeon.

I made my decision on 10/30/07 and my surgery dates were 01/29/08 and 01/31/08 That's pretty close! Almost 2 years behind me.

Good on the posterior only. Probably a wise decision.I'm sure you know about complications in males with anterior surgeries. That's probably why he changed his mind.

I wouldn't worry about the robot thing. Dr Gray is right, its not an issue. You wouldn't be able to tell I'm fused. I get around just fine.

11-01-2009, 11:55 PM
Dr Gray also gave me previous numbers from two girls around my age. I haven't contacted them yet, I think I am going to wait till I have a set surgery date.
It definitely is much more comforting knowing someone else here on the forums is seeing Dr Gray. I felt amazed to finally find someone seeing him :D
Hope to hear more as your surgery gets closer and definitely keep posting! :)