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    Knee pain - recently fused to sacrum

    Dear Scoli Friends ~

    In October I was fused from L3 through the sacrum. (Previously fused T4 - L3) I can feel that my walking style is different without the old pelvic motion and I am guessing...
  2. Two Post-Surgery Accessories - never seen mentioned

    Dear Scolis,

    Two things REALLY helped me through my recent surgery and I want to share:

    1.) I purchased a cheap twin-sized memory foam topper (Walmart) which my daughter put on my hospital bed...
  3. Two Post-Surgery Accessories - never seen mentioned

    Dear Scolis,

    Two things REALLY helped me through my recent surgery and I want to share:

    1.) I purchased a cheap twin-sized memory foam topper (Walmart) which my daughter put on my hospital bed...
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    Surgery expenses NOT COVERED by insurance

    Dear Scoli Friends ~

    Do you know of surgery expenses which your insurance (or/and Medicare) doesn't cover and must be paid 'out of pocket'?

    For example - I understand that the ambulance to...
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    Surgery expenses NOT COVERED by insurance

    Dear Scoli Friends ~

    Do you know of surgery expenses which your insurance (or/and Medicare) doesn't cover and must be paid 'out of pocket'?

    For example - I understand that the ambulance to...
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    Recovery time frame for YOU

    On Oct 23, Dr. Berven of UCSF will perform my surgery from L3 - S1. I read about Linda Racine's recovery (our fabulous moderator) from almost the same surgery. Very helpful. Still, I need more how...
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    Recovery time frame for YOU

    On Oct 23, Dr. Berven of UCSF will perform my surgery from L3 - S1. I read about Linda Racine's recovery (our fabulous moderator) from almost the same surgery. Very helpful. Still, I need more how...
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    I really appreciate your perspectives on...

    I really appreciate your perspectives on extending my fusions. Being realistic about some limitations is important and I feel like both of you provided me with a balanced view of your outcomes. ...
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    Brilliant. Makes total sense.

    Brilliant. Makes total sense.
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    Questions to ask - 1st consultation???

    Dear Scolis,

    I'm going to choose between two surgeons - Dr. Hu and Dr. Berven - and have appointments with both. Many of you have gone through initial consultations and went their with a list in...
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    Questions to ask -1st consultation???

    Dear Scolis,

    I'm going to choose between two surgeons - Dr. Hu and Dr. Berven - and have appointments with both. Many of you have gone through initial consultations and went their with a list in...
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    Thanks, TitauniumEd and Susan for giving me your...

    Thanks, TitauniumEd and Susan for giving me your take. I'm moving forward on my path toward surgery and I haven't had a moment's doubt about that. When it's time, it's time.

    I'm grateful to hear...
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    First time for L4 to Sacrum

    Hello Scoli Friends ~

    I decided to go to this page since I am not revising my surgery from ten years ago . . . just extending it to lower levels - from L4 to sacrum.

    I had several great years...
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    What to expect - 2nd Surgery L4 to Sacrum

    Hello Scoli Veterans ~

    I am preparing myself for additional surgery after being fused from T4 - L4 ten years ago. My surgeon, Dr. Boachie, thought it would probably be necessary but gave me the...
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    My Outcome - 8 years later

    When I was searching the forum before my 2008 surgery, I wanted to see outcomes DOWN THE ROAD. There wasn't much available. Now, I try to post annually AND share the good word about FOCOS, the...
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    My Outcome - 7 years later

    When I was searching the forum before my 2008 surgery, I wanted to see outcomes DOWN THE ROAD. There wasn't much available. Now, I try to post annually AND share the good word about FOCOS, the...
  17. 3 Years Post-op Report + How to Help Scoliosis in Africa

    Hi Fellow Scolis -

    I am three years post-operative and I continue to do very well. I have a blog about my recovery http://www.gingerinrecovery.blogspot.com (also a link at the bottom of this page)...
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    Hey Cara - it's inspiring to read about your son...

    Hey Cara - it's inspiring to read about your son collecting braces to send to Africa. I was there in April and know first-hand how these children suffer.

    Debbei, my friends were quite nervous...
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    Helping Scoliosis in Africa

    Hi Fellow Scolis -

    I am two years post-operative and I am doing spectacularly. I have a blog about my recovery (and a link at the bottom of this page) and another blog about my current life -...
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    Yes. Lyrica was extremely helpful for me after...

    Yes. Lyrica was extremely helpful for me after surgery. It is the only post-operative medication which I have continued to use @ 75 mgs per day - a very small but helpful amount.
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    Report on Appointment

    Dear Friends,

    I'm a wee bit tardy in reporting on my 11-month appointment - really my FIRST real appointment since I was three weeks out. I went to Ohio after seeing Dr. Boachie in NYC. My kids...
  22. New beginnings for the woman with an Improved...

    New beginnings for the woman with an Improved Spine! So happy for you.
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    Wow! This incredible group of scolis are just a...

    Wow! This incredible group of scolis are just a few keystrokes away! Thanks Chris, Debbie, and Ed!

    Yes, Debbie, I hike 2 - 3 miles up the canyon every single day. In fact, I put some shots of...
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    One Year Follow-up Visit

    Dear Post-surgery Veterans,

    Ginger here! I dove head-long into LIFE after my first few months of recovery and I left the forum for a while. Grandbabies got born, nieces got wed, and I found some...
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    Facing the fact that I needed surgery was the...

    Facing the fact that I needed surgery was the HARDEST thing for me. When I realized what needed to happen, everything fell into place.

    I went for decades ignoring (my primary coping method),...
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