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  1. Don't want to scare anyone. As far as I know, no...

    Don't want to scare anyone. As far as I know, no one is fused to the "hipbones" (whatever they are). Fusion is typically to the sacrum, with fixation to the pelvis (ilium). There is the...
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    Everyone is different, but many return to work...

    Everyone is different, but many return to work within 3 months, and I would say that most return to work within 6 months.

    --Linda
  3. Thread moved to the Parents & Family forum.

    Thread moved to the Parents & Family forum.
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    Hi Bubba... If you haven't already done so,...

    Hi Bubba... If you haven't already done so, please take your temperature. If your temperature is elevated, it needs to be reported to your surgeon.

    "To make sure non union occurred again" ha...
  5. I can address at least some of your concerns. ...

    I can address at least some of your concerns.


    Unfortunately, no one can tell you, as there is no "standard" when it comes to this problem. I think that most people would be unable to tell that...
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    Hi Fifa... I'm so sorry this has been so...

    Hi Fifa...

    I'm so sorry this has been so difficult. I think many of us can relate. I certainly can. Hopefully, when you look back on this time, you'll realize it wasn't nearly as significant as...
  7. Definitely. If I start tipping, and am not...

    Definitely. If I start tipping, and am not holding on, or I'm holding on with only one hand, there's no stopping me. It's especially difficult if it happens when I'm squatting.
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    Hi Fifa... A few thoughts... At UCSF,...

    Hi Fifa...

    A few thoughts...

    At UCSF, emails and other electronic communication to and from patients, and any communication containing any personal health information about a patient, are all...
  9. I have both anterior and posterior stainless...

    I have both anterior and posterior stainless steel implants. Most of the time I do not set off any sensors. Sometimes I do, and believe it's got nothing to do with the implants. The times I've set...
  10. Thanks Irina. Unfortunately, you would need to...

    Thanks Irina. Unfortunately, you would need to be pre-surgical, have one of the study investigators as your surgeon, and come in for an exam and x-rays at preop, 3 months, 1 year, and 2 years...
  11. Hi... I actually don't know why I can't lift...

    Hi...

    I actually don't know why I can't lift my legs higher. I suspect it's just the biomechanics of no longer having movement at L5-S1, but I'll talk to some of our docs. I'm sure they can...
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    My immediate thought was to try gabapentin if you...

    My immediate thought was to try gabapentin if you have any.
  13. Hi Irina... Unfortunately, insurance companies...

    Hi Irina...

    Unfortunately, insurance companies are no longer paying for the grabbers and dressing aids, so I think most hospitals have stopped providing them.

    --Linda
  14. I paid the $25 and downloaded the article here:...

    I paid the $25 and downloaded the article here: http://www.gahmj.com/doi/abs/10.7453/gahmj.2013.064?journalCode=gahmj

    Unfortunately, it's against the law to actually post the full article without...
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    Despite informed consent, some people feel the...

    Despite informed consent, some people feel the need to blame someone. Lawsuits over spine surgery are incredibly common, but I don't have a clue how successful they are.
  16. This thread is going nowhere fast. I am going to...

    This thread is going nowhere fast. I am going to close it rather than delete it.

    Moreno, when you've published your case study in a peer reviewed journal, please come back to discuss it. Sorry....
  17. You're not going to know for certain unless you...

    You're not going to know for certain unless you have more surgery. Have you had an increase in pain? If not, it's a lot less likely that your problem is a wound infection. Have you had blood drawn...
  18. I'm tempted to delete this thread, but will leave...

    I'm tempted to delete this thread, but will leave it as long as it doesn't become a huge problem.

    I have to tell you Moreno, that the flat spine in the most recent photo is almost certainly going...
  19. Thanks Ed! I think YOU'RE the best. :-)

    Thanks Ed! I think YOU'RE the best. :-)
  20. Yes, the lower spine plays a big part in terms of...

    Yes, the lower spine plays a big part in terms of flexibility. I think if you could duct tape a broomstick cut to the length at the top and bottom of your expected fusion, you might get an idea of...
  21. Ed... You're able to hook a sock over your foot...

    Ed... You're able to hook a sock over your foot with one hand? That's definitely a feat (or feet, haha).
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    It's totally up to your surgeon, but I'm guessing...

    It's totally up to your surgeon, but I'm guessing they'll say it's fine for your 3 year old to sit in your lap. Something to consider, however, is what happens if she decides to do a backflip off...
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    Doh...................................

    Doh...................................
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    Sorry I didn't notice this sooner. You started...

    Sorry I didn't notice this sooner. You started this thread in the Adult Patients forum (though most of us pay little attention to which forum a post is in.) The forum you want is this one:
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    I think you're right about the revision surgery...

    I think you're right about the revision surgery issue. For many years before I had my own revision surgery, a lot of people told me that they thought their revision surgery was much worse than the...
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