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  1. Sharon, I have mild osteopenia.

    Sharon,
    I have mild osteopenia.
  2. Hmmmm ... interesting study. Am I a statistical...

    Hmmmm ... interesting study. Am I a statistical anomaly or just lucky?

    Complications - None from five surgeries, most recently in March with Dr. Lenke.

    Revisions/osteotomies - Both. No...
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    I thought I had posted an update here since I...

    I thought I had posted an update here since I came home but there’s those drugs playing tricks on me again! To summarize, my two-stage surgery was on March 9 and 11. Dr. Lenke removed ALL of the...
  4. Congratulations, Janet. I hope whatever issues...

    Congratulations, Janet. I hope whatever issues you still have will be resolved soon.
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    Having just had surgery with Dr. Lenke, I jump on...

    Having just had surgery with Dr. Lenke, I jump on any progress reports from his patients. I hope a year from now I have just as positive a report as you do. Contratulations!
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    Thanks, everyone. In a way, I'm actually glad I...

    Thanks, everyone. In a way, I'm actually glad I have some funny druggie stories to tell. Friends and family seem so grim and serious when I talk to them about the surgery. I'm happy I can lighten...
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    There's no place like home... there's no place...

    There's no place like home... there's no place like home. *click-click*

    I posted a long reply here and it disappeared!!! I haven't the energy to type it all again. Just wanted you to know that I...
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    Here I am! Many, many thanks to nancy for...

    Here I am!

    Many, many thanks to nancy for posting the update. I'm now in the Rehab Institute and I'm scheduled to go home this coming Monday.

    All things considered I'm feeling pretty good. I...
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    Thanks everyone for your responses. All that...

    Thanks everyone for your responses. All that unnecessary testing was an additional stress I didn't need.

    I hope it's smooth sailing from here on. Thanks, Susie, for your good wishes!

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    Legally Liable?

    Hi all,
    I'm just a few days away from leaving for St. Louis for my surgery with Dr. Lenke on March 9 and 11. I'm pretty much ready to go and getting a few butterflies these days!

    There was a...
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    During my pre-op visit with Dr. Lenke, I asked...

    During my pre-op visit with Dr. Lenke, I asked him about his attitude toward pain meds because I have had the same experience, having to beg for refills. The docs were more worried about creating a...
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    Since I am heading into my surgery with Dr. Lenke...

    Since I am heading into my surgery with Dr. Lenke in a few weeks, I'm particularly interested to hear that you are doing so well. Your recovery is remarkable, considering what you had done. I wish...
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    Thanks, Karen. I'm very confident that I am in...

    Thanks, Karen. I'm very confident that I am in the best hands with Dr. Lenke, so I AM looking at it as my last surgery. I don't want to go through it anymore. And I'm not getting any younger! ;)
    ...
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    Thanks, Karen. I wish I lived that close - I'd be...

    Thanks, Karen. I wish I lived that close - I'd be outa there as soon as they sprung me! Even though I have had back surgeries before, I just don't know how I'm going to be after this one. I hate...
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    Wow, Karen - you sound a little bit like Wonder...

    Wow, Karen - you sound a little bit like Wonder Woman! Five weeks out, little pain, off pain meds?? Where do you live that you were able to go home after just one week? I assume your husband was with...
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    Dr. Lenke "customers?"

    I thought I should update you on my plans for my surgery in March with Dr. Lenke. I have talked to Kelly a few times and told her that I will not have anyone there to stay in a hotel with me. She...
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    Yes, I was lucky and got out just in time. In...

    Yes, I was lucky and got out just in time. In fact, when I went to the airport nothing was happening weather-wise, but by the time we boarded a few hours later, the snow was coming down very hard. ...
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    Well, I'm back from my pre-op tests in St. Louis....

    Well, I'm back from my pre-op tests in St. Louis. I was going to stay one more day, but since they had a huge snowstorm heading their way, I paid the big bucks to change my return. Even though there...
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    Gee whiz, Jan, you would think the nurses would...

    Gee whiz, Jan, you would think the nurses would know that a shuttle bus isn't what you want to do after surgery!! They must have come a long way since then; it was either Nancy or Kathy that told me...
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    Thinking healing thoughts for you.

    Thinking healing thoughts for you.
  21. Not allowed for me either, both before and after...

    Not allowed for me either, both before and after surgeries. I think I was allowed at about 3-4 months. It's tough for me because I have some osteoarthritis and Tylenol is totally useless for me.
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    Janet, I would suggest that you see if you can...

    Janet,
    I would suggest that you see if you can talk to the Physical Therapist affiliated with Dr. Lenke's office first. I met with her last June when I was in St. Louis to see Dr. Lenke. I had...
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    Lisa, thank you! I'm still trying to decide...

    Lisa, thank you!
    I'm still trying to decide whether I need to have someone there the whole time I'm in St. Louis. I'm normally an extremely independent person, but being out of town this way is...
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    Hi KathK - Thanks for your response. ...

    Hi KathK -
    Thanks for your response. Unfortunately, we are just going to miss each other. I will be in STL from the 17th to the 20th.

    As far as drive/fly, Dr. Lenke recommended I fly because...
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    Dr. Lenke "customers?"

    I originally posted in the revision surgery section, since I am now heading for my fifth fusion surgery. But thanks to a suggestion from confused mom, I'm posting here because I have some questions...
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