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    Sticky: Even with the problems after, I'm HAPPY I had surgery

    It's almost a dozen years since my surgery so thought I'd add my 2 cents.

    Surgery had to be done on two different days because my doctor said I was losing too much blood. Two days after...
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    I had shoulder length hair before my surgery but...

    I had shoulder length hair before my surgery but cut it rather short before going into the hospital. I didn't regret it because I didn't have to worry about my hair during my stay. I should add my...
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    Sometime after my surgery, a few weeks, I think,...

    Sometime after my surgery, a few weeks, I think, I was transferred to the rehab facility in the hospital where I was a patient. I stayed there about two weeks. My transfer there was delayed because...
  4. You can find scoliosis specialists here: ...

    You can find scoliosis specialists here:

    http://www.srs.org/locator/

    You can search by name, city, state, postal (zip) code, or country.
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    Dr Ricciardi is my doctor now. He's following my...

    Dr Ricciardi is my doctor now. He's following my case since the doctor who performed my sugery has moved to Denver. He's an older man and I think he'll be retiring next year. I think he said he's...
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    I have a lifelong history of allergies. After...

    I have a lifelong history of allergies. After surgery I itched like crazy where all the badges were. Then it was discovered that I am allergic to the titanium rods in addition to the tape. I used...
  7. Lindabar, Please keep us updated on your...

    Lindabar,

    Please keep us updated on your progress. The braces these days aren't anywhere near the fright fest they used to be.

    I had scoliosis surgery three years ago to put rods in my back. ...
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    Hi HAnn, Very smart of you to come here and...

    Hi HAnn,

    Very smart of you to come here and ask us before deciding on surgery. The patients always have more info than the docs, because of the personal experience.

    I had surgery in May 2002...
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    Like I said before, I have no rash either. In...

    Like I said before, I have no rash either. In the beginning the rash I had was probably related to the adhesive tape they put on me after surgery.

    I saw my doctor on Monday. Asked about the...
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    My surgery was almost three years ago and I still...

    My surgery was almost three years ago and I still itch all the time. The itching was there immediately after surgery. I also have an allergy to adhesive tape, so I was a real mess. I had everyone...
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    Thanks for all your responses, especially yours,...

    Thanks for all your responses, especially yours, Linda, with the information on the types of rods.

    I have titanium rods. Before surgery my doctor said there are no allergic reactions to titanium...
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    In May it will be three years since my surgery,...

    In May it will be three years since my surgery, so I can give you a "future view".

    I am fused T4-S1, that includes my entire lumbar region. No, I can't bend from the waist. The trick is to bend...
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    Thanks for all the information. I didn't realize...

    Thanks for all the information. I didn't realize that infection could crop up years later, even though infection wasn't there during the original surgery. Live and learn.

    I agree, "too thin"...
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    Thanks for all the responses. Yes, one year in...

    Thanks for all the responses.

    Yes, one year in a cast was standard in the 1940s, '50s and '60s. That's why I opted not to have surgery in my teens, in the mid-1960s. There's an old book (1970s)...
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    Thanks for your replies. Yes, I know that the...

    Thanks for your replies.

    Yes, I know that the rods are just "there" after the spine has fused. My fusion looks pretty cool on an X-ray, like a board. I am worried because I also have...
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    So how long has it been since your rod removal...

    So how long has it been since your rod removal surgery? I'm assuming the pain isn't related to the surgery itself - not yet healed completely and all that.

    So does the doctor say what is causing...
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    Removing screws and rods?

    I had my first scoliosis surgery in May 2002 at age 52. I am now contemplating having the screws removed, or rods and screws removed, depending on what is inside and how it looks.

    The screws are...
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    Very curious indeed. I haven't had any revision...

    Very curious indeed. I haven't had any revision surgery. I still have my rods in place after 2 and a half years. My shoulders look fairly even now, a big change from when I used to feel like the...
  19. Thread: packing advice?

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    My doctor told me to prepare for a two to three...

    My doctor told me to prepare for a two to three week stay because of my age (52 going on 53) and because of my asthma and other health conditions. I ended up staying for 7 weeks because of a staph...
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    Thanks for sharing your experience, Connie. ...

    Thanks for sharing your experience, Connie. Perhaps it will help others with that decision.

    In hindsight, I probably would have been more comfortable in a hospital bed, too. My regular bed was...
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    I didn't have a hospital bed but my regular bed...

    I didn't have a hospital bed but my regular bed was very uncomfortable, but that's another story.

    What could have helped is a railing on the side of the bed, like on the hospital beds. It would...
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    Hi Marlene, I am an "older" person although...

    Hi Marlene,

    I am an "older" person although not yet in my sixties, but I'm no kid either. Two years ago, just before my 53rd birthday, I had my very first surgery. The reason I had it was...
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