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    Hi there, Sorry to hear this has happened to...

    Hi there,

    Sorry to hear this has happened to you. Try to take it easy until you see Dr Lenke, as it is easy to have a severe pain flair after breaking a rod. It is also very common to have the...
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    Sorry to hear of your pain...wondering what your...

    Sorry to hear of your pain...wondering what your surgeon has to say about the pain, if it is par for the course right now, or out of the ordinary?

    Good luck with your recovery.
  3. Give it lots of time

    I agree with Ed that scoliosis surgery recovery forces great amounts of patience. Not my strong suit, that's for sure! I am a bit over 2 years post-op my second revision for my second go-around...
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    Hi there, It sure sounds like a broken rod,...

    Hi there,

    It sure sounds like a broken rod, especially with the severe pain. I have broken my rods twice (boo hiss), and both times the first rod broke and didn't show up on X-ray. Both times the...
  5. I used Lisocaine patches for a number of months,...

    I used Lisocaine patches for a number of months, and also started walking and hiking a lot. I quit needing the Lidocaine patches a few months ago, and just use one on rare occasion now. I also only...
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    Hi Kara, Congratulations on your 7 year...

    Hi Kara,

    Congratulations on your 7 year milestone! Your positive attitude is helpful to others here I know.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Gayle
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    Melisse, I wish you luck and strength in...

    Melisse,

    I wish you luck and strength in finding the right decision. There are no guarantees with any of these surgeries, no matter what your surgeon says. I got a second opinion that offered a...
  8. Dr Robert Hart, Swedish Medical Center

    Hi, I recommend Dr Robert Hart who is now the head of the spine program at Swedish Medical Center. He moved last year from OHSU, where he was for a long time. I was his patient for 8 years before he...
  9. I would choose scoliosis over polio if I had to...

    I would choose scoliosis over polio if I had to choose...just saying. Kinda reminds me of a similar post a few years ago blaming scoliosis on putting infants to sleep on their backs to prevent SIDS....
  10. I hear you saying you are afraid to try various...

    I hear you saying you are afraid to try various motions, but that your surgeon had given you the ok to move more. Really the best way to improve flexibility after fusion is to start doing more...
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    Thanks Sharon and Rohrer. I'm curious about the...

    Thanks Sharon and Rohrer. I'm curious about the JIS article you mention...there are so few JIS articles at all.

    I'll definitely keep an eye on things but not feeling worried at all at this point.
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    Update 3 yrs later--stable

    Well 3 years has gone by since I started this thread, so I thought I would update it since juvenile cases are so uncommon. Torrey has been x-rayed once a year for the last few years, with his back...
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    Hi again, I came across my surgical report...

    Hi again,

    I came across my surgical report when cleaning out a drawer today...one year ago today my L1-S1 5.5 hardware system was replaced with DePuy Synthes 6.35 Expedium, the one you asked...
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    Dear Misty, Rest, please! Try ice. Drink...

    Dear Misty,

    Rest, please! Try ice. Drink plenty of water and eat very nutritiously. Take it very easy until the sciatica passes. It will. More rest. Let your family baby you a little.

    Your...
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    Any possibility of a bony overgrowth from the...

    Any possibility of a bony overgrowth from the fusion? I think Tamena had that and it was a relatively minor fix.
  16. Discomfort around pelvic hardware anyone?

    Has anyone out there had discomfort from their pelvic hardware? I have a pretty hefty set of pelvic anchors which are rather prominent. Overall I'm doing very well but I have reproducible, localized...
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    Hi there, I had my original surgery in 2010 for...

    Hi there, I had my original surgery in 2010 for severe pain and radiculopathy from spinal stenosis, lumbar facet arthropathy, spondylolisthesis, disc degeneration, etc. My curve was beside the point...
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    A lot of that sounds like it could be from the...

    A lot of that sounds like it could be from the meds...I had this happen several times at night, where I had to change my nightshirt I was so sweaty, but it stopped once I was off the meds. I still...
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    Riding a bicycle/fused to sacrum

    I'm curious if people feel comfortable riding a bike after recovery from long fusion to the sacrum. I'm doing very well around 10 months out from my last broken rod revision. I think it would be fun...
  20. Sharon, I think originally the thought was to...

    Sharon,

    I think originally the thought was to remove the staples at the end of growth, but since that requires another surgery, the philosophy changed to leaving them in. The risk vs benefit of an...
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    Hi Kathy, I had some transient trouble with...

    Hi Kathy,

    I had some transient trouble with hip pain in my first 1-3 months after my last surgery. I'm sure it was bursitis, but I never went to the doctor for it. It was too painful at one point...
  22. Linda, you may recall there were some...

    Linda, you may recall there were some horrendously nasty posts and arguments about VBS (stapling) in 2008. There were one or two posters in particular who are no longer on this forum who were...
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    Glad to hear how well you're doing! Remember to...

    Glad to hear how well you're doing! Remember to take it easy and not overdo things for a bit.

    I'm guessing your curve at around 10 degrees or less. Looks beautiful!
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    Hi there, I hear your concern and frustration,...

    Hi there,

    I hear your concern and frustration, although please keep in mind you are really early days still and things will likely adjust if given adequate time.

    What does your original...
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    Hi Misty, I would really urge you to go ask Dr...

    Hi Misty,

    I would really urge you to go ask Dr Dick many, many questions about the planned surgery and specifically how he chooses what levels to fuse, what he thinks will happen to your L5/S1...
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