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    ASD: More likely above or below?

    Does anyone know if there is any data regarding ASD (Adjacent Segment Disease) as far as whether it is more common above or more common below a fusion? For example, a T only fusion you expect to a...
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    Purchasing equipment...when and how through insurance?

    Related to items needed for surgery, how is the best way to go about acquiring devices and items needed for the recovery period after surgery but doing it before surgery? If your insurance plan...
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    Hospital Bag: What to bring

    In preparation for my revision coming up I am trying to put together a list of items for my hospital bag that would be, mainly helpful, but also comforting to have with me but not items that are...
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    Apologies from my end also. Got wrapped up in a...

    Apologies from my end also. Got wrapped up in a good dialogue.
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    Thank you for all of your replyís they are very...

    Thank you for all of your replyís they are very valuable. Either way compensatory or structural, increasing or not, my surgeon said he couldnít garuntee the curve comprised of L1-L5 would increase...
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    So I guess BOTH structural and compensatory...

    So I guess BOTH structural and compensatory curves can increase over time?
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    My original cervical was 35 my original thoracic...

    My original cervical was 35 my original thoracic was 45 and original lumbar was 25

    Curves corrected to cervical 8, thoracic 14, lumbar 20

    Today my curves are cervical 8, thoracic 31, lumbar...
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    In response to ď1.Ē My fusion as it currently...

    In response to ď1.Ē My fusion as it currently stands ends at T12 but I had a second curve under my thoracic in my lumbar. It started at 25 and only corrected to 20 after the fusion was in place.
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    When you say ďpure T fusionsĒ could escape a...

    When you say ďpure T fusionsĒ could escape a potential revision are you meaning original fusions that are only in the thoracic vertebrae without extending above or below that? I am fused T2-T12 and...
  10. Would you say that people success or lack there...

    Would you say that people success or lack there of in doing the listed activities as well as others is largely dependent on following through completely with physical therapy at the appropriate times...
  11. I am due to be having an extension of my thoracic...

    I am due to be having an extension of my thoracic fusion from 16 years ago (age 12) to my sacrum within the next month or two. I met with a woman from my area who has had the same full fusion and she...
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    Ed your replies are truly invaluable and are a...

    Ed your replies are truly invaluable and are a real confidence boost, truly. Thank you so much. This surgeon mentioned fusing my SI joints as part of the procedure but didnít say anything more about...
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    I trust him very much, especially the hospital...

    I trust him very much, especially the hospital and the experience it has and the accreditation for being one of the best if not THE best in our area. I guess after making the decision to commit to...
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    If he found something on the CT possibly related...

    If he found something on the CT possibly related to my spinal cord would that necessarily delay fusion or change the game plan do you think? Itís not like scoliosis can cause hyperreflexia right?
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    Besides my leg reflexes the only other response...

    Besides my leg reflexes the only other response that I have been told is odd is my response to cold. When I feel cold I donít just shiver like normal, my whole body jerks and has a spasm pretty much....
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    No spinal cord injury in my past from what I my...

    No spinal cord injury in my past from what I my husband or my parents can remember.
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    For as long as I can remember I have always...

    For as long as I can remember I have always gotten the comment that my leg reflexes are really abnormally strong but it wasnít until I saw this surgeon in Seattle that I saw it specifically stated in...
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    As a follow up Ed, he hasnít mentioned...

    As a follow up Ed, he hasnít mentioned specifically yet whether it which bone sources it will be. I was so overwhelmed and nervous in the office that I had a hard time remembering all the questions I...
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    Thank you Ed for your thoughtful reply. I...

    Thank you Ed for your thoughtful reply. I appreciate it so very much. I guess the big hurdle right now is making sure insurance approves the procedure through this surgeon in Seattle even though we...
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    Itís hard to explain but both my husband and I...

    Itís hard to explain but both my husband and I feel more comfortable with the surgeon in Seattle. We made the phone call earlier today to commit to the surgery with the surgeon in Seattle. 1 he is a...
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    We just got done with a second opinion by Dr....

    We just got done with a second opinion by Dr. Bransford at UW Medicine Harborview Spine Center in Seattle. After talking with him it doesnít sound like itís the progression of the lumbar curve that...
  22. Is your curve thoracic or lumbar?

    Is your curve thoracic or lumbar?
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    When looking at a fusion on a CT, even a 3D CT,...

    When looking at a fusion on a CT, even a 3D CT, should the fused vertebrae look like one complete bone when they are fused, on both sides or only on one side? Is it possible for union to be...
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    I was surprised that when I reminded them the...

    I was surprised that when I reminded them the point of the xrays was to check in on my scoliosis curves that they did the T spine x ray separate from the L spine x ray. They overlap by 2 vertebrae or...
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    Pooka1, from what I was reading about the...

    Pooka1, from what I was reading about the crankshaft phenomenon it sounds like itís pretty rare for girls fused after the age of 10 and happens more comment in girls fused below the age of ten and...
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