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    I don't know what happens when you go from the...

    I don't know what happens when you go from the hospital to rehab, Nancy, what happens to your stuff. I would agree you should find out in advance.

    My things were stored in my unlocked closet all...
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    I was in the hospital for fusion surgery in the...

    I was in the hospital for fusion surgery in the past year. I will answer from my point of view, you might disagree on several points. I think you are overpacking.

    Dry or wet shampoo, face wash –...
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    That's not what I would have expected because...

    That's not what I would have expected because techniques 10-20 years ago are supposed to be improved over those from 30-50 years ago.



    Linda, I realize no one likes to operate on young people...
  4. I'm glad surgery worked out so well for you. It's...

    I'm glad surgery worked out so well for you. It's amazing that you went from a wheelchair to doing the things you do now.

    Do you actually lift heavy weights at the gym now?

    If you need a...
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    That's true, but despite advances, some of the...

    That's true, but despite advances, some of the problems haven't been solved. Like, they don't know why some people get infections in their hardware after many years, do they? So they haven't...
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    That study on younger people is relatively good...

    That study on younger people is relatively good news but it only covers 10 years post-surgery on people of mean age 25, not a lifetime. When these young people get older and weaker I'll bet the...
  7. Older Adults who are Single Having Surgery Prolonged Due To Age

    You could argue that it's none of the doctor's business what your arrangements are at home, but the hospitals always ask. Their occupational therapists try to have you make the most of your physical...
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    Understandable.

    Understandable.
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    This thread has gotten off topic

    Are there rules here about threads staying on topic?
    I think this detailed discussion of Scoli's condition belongs elsewhere.
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    But surgeons must have an idea from the patients...

    But surgeons must have an idea from the patients who have been seeing them for years for regular checkups. The ones who discontinue seeing them are probably a mixture of happy and unhappy patients....
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    I'm not sure about your first paragraph because I...

    I'm not sure about your first paragraph because I think doctors stick to what they know and try to improve it for as long as they can rather than try something different. In other words, fusion is...
  12. When you've first had surgery your back is tender...

    When you've first had surgery your back is tender and painful. At the beauty salon, when they lower the back of that chair to get your hair rinsed at the sink, it can can be scary. But you'll be OK,...
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    You can probably develop osteoporosis from...

    You can probably develop osteoporosis from inactivity if it's in your makeup.

    I'm just a regular Sally Sunshine today, aren't I?
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    Yes, I took probability and statistics. If you...

    Yes, I took probability and statistics. If you know the probabilities of all the components, you can compute the sum total probability. I'll bet no one knows the individual probabilities of these...
  15. Why is it hard to pick up snow with a shovel?...

    Why is it hard to pick up snow with a shovel? Even light, powdery snow?
    With gardening, do you have to stand up because you get stiff crouching or is it something else?
  16. Nancy, please feel free to add to my list. These...

    Nancy, please feel free to add to my list. These are just things that are most important to me personally that sound challenging with a full fusion. I will probably be adding things I forgot.
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    If we ever have Medicare For All I wonder if...

    If we ever have Medicare For All I wonder if government will make some improvements such as forcing doctors to keep data and contribute to a database for each patient that would follow them wherever...
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    "Even if 99 out of 100 people don't have any...

    "Even if 99 out of 100 people don't have any complications, the one person who did have a complication is affected."

    Then you'd never have any surgery because there is a small rate of death from...
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    Doesn't it depend on the nature of the infection...

    Doesn't it depend on the nature of the infection and what is done to treat it?
    Infection from the operating room can plague any kind of surgery.
    But if rods from fusion show infection years later...
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    I'm not looking for any specific issue, Linda....

    I'm not looking for any specific issue, Linda. Just wondering what the odds are, for any reason at all, that someone who has had one spinal fusion surgery will need another one sometime in their...
  21. Activities That Are Impossible or Difficult After Full Fusion

    How many of these activities are no longer possible or more difficult after a full fusion of thorax and lumbar?
    And are you fused to the sacrum, and/or do you have pelvic fixation?


    Gardening...
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    It doesn't change the procedure, but it has a...

    It doesn't change the procedure, but it has a huge effect on statistics. There is a thread somewhere here about the rate of revision surgeries. That's why I ask.
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    Definition of Revision Surgery

    Not quite sure when it's a revision.
    Is it a revision if the surgeon fuses the same vertebrae over again, probably because something went wrong the first time?
    Or is the definition broader? E.g.,...
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    Seems like I'm reading about quite a few younger...

    Seems like I'm reading about quite a few younger adults with degeneration though, Linda. Not just here, on other sites. Younger people also have plenty of time to develop degeneration eventually.
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    I wonder if its possible to not be uniformly...

    I wonder if its possible to not be uniformly fused, to have a few weak points.
    Thanks for answering. And that's good advice. I naively thought I'd be back to normal after my surgery, but I can see...
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