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    Hi Ed, my name is Jessica, so sorry I didn't...

    Hi Ed, my name is Jessica, so sorry I didn't divulge that, no idea why I didnt.

    So would you say that sitting comfortably for only 5-15 minutes at a time is pretty normal for immediate post-op...
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    June 29 - anterior July 1 - posterior Yes,...

    June 29 - anterior

    July 1 - posterior

    Yes, using BMP

    Does sitting get easier as healing progresses and finishes? Was laying down more comfortable? On your back or on your side? During the...
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    Thank you ed for your thorough reply. Do you...

    Thank you ed for your thorough reply. Do you think my young age will give me an advantage in terms of the flexibility and range of motion I have in my hips pre surgery (a lot) will be retained and of...
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    Can anyone please speak to restrictions with...

    Can anyone please speak to restrictions with things and tasks of every day life? I know everyone is different but can I hear some examples especially for things such as...

    Gardening
    Reclining on...
  5. New deformities above or below an existing fusion?

    Say you have been fused T2-T12 for 17 years...in a month you will be fused newly from T10-S1...with no pre-existing deformities above or below these two fusions, what is the risk of joint damage...
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    I haven’t literally counted the number of...

    I haven’t literally counted the number of responses on either side of it but I guess when I go to Facebook support groups and the like it is filled with more people saying how miserable their lives...
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    I guess in terms of limitations, after healing of...

    I guess in terms of limitations, after healing of course, what should I expect to either be able to still do but in a different way, or not be able to do at all?

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    Thank you Ed, it brings my heart a little more...

    Thank you Ed, it brings my heart a little more peace to hear from you again.

    After fighting with insurance, who wanted me on a cocktail of 3-4 narcotics for 2+ years before they would approve...
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    Second fusion coming up...

    Hi all, I have my second fusion coming up in one month. 17 years ago I was fused from T2-T12 when I was 13. Since then my lumbar has continued to curve and twist and now I am scheduled to have T10-S1...
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    Are your SI joints currently fused? If not that...

    Are your SI joints currently fused? If not that might be it since there might be instability in your SI joints.
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    ASD: More likely above or below?

    Does anyone know if there is any data regarding ASD (Adjacent Segment Disease) as far as whether it is more common above or more common below a fusion? For example, a T only fusion you expect to a...
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    Purchasing equipment...when and how through insurance?

    Related to items needed for surgery, how is the best way to go about acquiring devices and items needed for the recovery period after surgery but doing it before surgery? If your insurance plan...
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    Hospital Bag: What to bring

    In preparation for my revision coming up I am trying to put together a list of items for my hospital bag that would be, mainly helpful, but also comforting to have with me but not items that are...
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    Apologies from my end also. Got wrapped up in a...

    Apologies from my end also. Got wrapped up in a good dialogue.
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    Thank you for all of your reply’s they are very...

    Thank you for all of your reply’s they are very valuable. Either way compensatory or structural, increasing or not, my surgeon said he couldn’t garuntee the curve comprised of L1-L5 would increase...
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    So I guess BOTH structural and compensatory...

    So I guess BOTH structural and compensatory curves can increase over time?
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    My original cervical was 35 my original thoracic...

    My original cervical was 35 my original thoracic was 45 and original lumbar was 25

    Curves corrected to cervical 8, thoracic 14, lumbar 20

    Today my curves are cervical 8, thoracic 31, lumbar...
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    In response to “1.” My fusion as it currently...

    In response to “1.” My fusion as it currently stands ends at T12 but I had a second curve under my thoracic in my lumbar. It started at 25 and only corrected to 20 after the fusion was in place.
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    When you say “pure T fusions” could escape a...

    When you say “pure T fusions” could escape a potential revision are you meaning original fusions that are only in the thoracic vertebrae without extending above or below that? I am fused T2-T12 and...
  20. Would you say that people success or lack there...

    Would you say that people success or lack there of in doing the listed activities as well as others is largely dependent on following through completely with physical therapy at the appropriate times...
  21. I am due to be having an extension of my thoracic...

    I am due to be having an extension of my thoracic fusion from 16 years ago (age 12) to my sacrum within the next month or two. I met with a woman from my area who has had the same full fusion and she...
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    Ed your replies are truly invaluable and are a...

    Ed your replies are truly invaluable and are a real confidence boost, truly. Thank you so much. This surgeon mentioned fusing my SI joints as part of the procedure but didn’t say anything more about...
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    I trust him very much, especially the hospital...

    I trust him very much, especially the hospital and the experience it has and the accreditation for being one of the best if not THE best in our area. I guess after making the decision to commit to...
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    If he found something on the CT possibly related...

    If he found something on the CT possibly related to my spinal cord would that necessarily delay fusion or change the game plan do you think? It’s not like scoliosis can cause hyperreflexia right?
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    Besides my leg reflexes the only other response...

    Besides my leg reflexes the only other response that I have been told is odd is my response to cold. When I feel cold I don’t just shiver like normal, my whole body jerks and has a spasm pretty much....
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