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    Thanks for the support, everyone. I have decided...

    Thanks for the support, everyone. I have decided to call his nurse and ask about this additional surgery; what the segment instrumentation is, how is it different from Harrington rods, and what...
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    Study at UC Davis

    I was asked if I wanted to participate in a study about people with long fusions. I was given a huge amount of paperwork to look at by the research gal. None of the questions had anything about...
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    At my pre-op visit my surgeon walked into the...

    At my pre-op visit my surgeon walked into the room, slapped a form down and said "sign here." When I read the handwritten part about what type of surgery I was having, I noticed that instead of the...
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    Having fusion to the sacrum January 7th

    Well I am finally having fusion to the sacrum surgery on January 7th at UC Davis in Sacramento. My surgeon is Dr. Rolando Roberto. He's an interesting surgeon in that he does not have a God-complex...
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    Three monhts since knee chrondoplasty

    Well I had the knee chrondoplasty three months ago. I spent three months forcing my knee to bend backwards and forcing myself to cross my knee over my other leg so that I wouldn't lose range of...
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    Saw two more podiatrists this week, one of them...

    Saw two more podiatrists this week, one of them older and very experienced. I was told to walk and they said that I am walking with my toes gripping the floor in an effort to stand up straight. He...
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    Proximal Junctional Kyphosis

    My surgeon just diagnosed me with thoracic Junctional Kyphosis. I don't really understand this as I am fused from T2-L3 and it was my understanding that this only occurred above or below a fusion....
  8. I just wanted to say how sorry I am to hear about...

    I just wanted to say how sorry I am to hear about this horrible pain and numbness in your neck and arms! You have been through so much already with this major scapular surgery. You have my prayers...
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    Hello and thanks for the exercise tips! I really...

    Hello and thanks for the exercise tips! I really appreciate it. Do you work in a podiatrist office? I went to a physical therapy appointment and got some more exercises, and also got both feet...
  10. I believe this is the same thoracic pain which...

    I believe this is the same thoracic pain which there have been a couple of threads on. Since I do not own a hot tub or even a bath tub, hot water soaks are not an option for me. Like many, I am...
  11. Just wanted to say how very sorry I am to hear...

    Just wanted to say how very sorry I am to hear about your breast cancer. I will say a prayer for you right now.
    Hang in there.
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    Plantar fascitis

    In addition to the bone on bone arthritis in both knees, I've now come down with painful Plantar Fascitis in the soles of both feet. Another late in life condition which the docs are saying is caused...
  13. ]There's a price to pay for using titanium,...

    ]There's a price to pay for using titanium, especially in patients who are undergoing PSOs. Titanium is largely used because it makes MRIs more readable. However, it's quite brittle, and easily...
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    Manish Gupta was previously at UC Davis in...

    Manish Gupta was previously at UC Davis in Sacramento. They have still not hired a replacement for him, and so now there is only one deformity surgeon there that sees adults, and that is Rolando...
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    Spinal X Rays from the back

    I'm finding more and more that I have to really advocate for myself in regard to X rays and radiation. I actually purchased my own breast shield as many X ray places don't have one. Yes, they can...
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    Hi and thanks for the responses. To clarify: no...

    Hi and thanks for the responses. To clarify: no surgeon said they didn't want to do an osteotomy because of blood loss; it's just that two of the four said that they didn't feel I needed osteotomies....
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    Osteotomy added in later?

    Just saw a deformity surgeon and got yet another conflicting opinion about the flatback surgery under my existing fusion. I have seen four surgeons; three at medical schools and one private, George...
  18. Thread: Bad knees

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    Knee arthroscopy

    Just wanted to let everyone know that I had a knee arthroscopy done on my left knee three weeks ago. I saw five different knee surgeons before I found one to take me seriously. The difference in...
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    Knee update/I had knee arthroscope surgery

    Finally, after suffering four years with painful knees that would give out on me (so that I would fall over) shooting, stabbing pains, knees going out of joint and feeling unstable, and stiffness so...
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    Have you considered that this is an implant...

    Have you considered that this is an implant surgery, and that everyone takes to the metal implants in different ways? Waking up from surgery and feeling metal rods in your spine is a most unpleasant...
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    knee pain

    Melissa:

    I saw seven knee doctors over a four year period for my increasing knee pain. Until doctor number seven, they all said that I had chrondomalacia (pre-arthritis) and that either there was...
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    knee arthritis

    Regarding knees, I posted about this last year and I'm glad someone else has started another thread on it.

    I started having achy pain in the front of my kneecaps and right below the knee (going...
  23. Brace update

    Hello everyone:

    I received my adult Scoliosis Aspen Peak brace last week from the orthodic place. It came in a beautiful presentation box. Although it is not a custom fitted product, the orthotic...
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    We can go back and forth about whether curves...

    We can go back and forth about whether curves will progress after hardware removal, but as none of us are doctors and few studies have been done on this, none of us can really say. It's probably a...
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    Thoracic Pain (ax in my back)

    Hello everyone:

    I'm fused T2-L3.

    For thirty years, I have suffered with various types of thoracic pain. I've had a tight "bearclaw" feeling, burning, a DEEP ache in between my shoulder blades...
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