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    However, haven't we heard from numerous...

    However, haven't we heard from numerous patients here who have expressed regret about undergoing the surgery because of some aspect of their outcomes? Some, sadly, aren't even able to express...
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    Still confused about when doctors can legitimately be held liable for errors

    Referring to my questions above about your list of possible risks.

    To take but a single example (operating on wrong level) do you really think a surgeon should be help blameless? Of course,...
  3. Spinal Stenosis Surgery and Scoliosis/Kyphosis Surgery. Destabilizing if separate?

    Although owing to breast cancer I can't proceed with active planning for spinal surgery for the foreseeable future (the cancer is to be staged within weeks, after surgery), I am still...
  4. Update Drs. Errico and Schwab (and Dr. Lenke)

    First, I consulted with both Drs. Errico and Schwab over a period of years. They were to have operated on me TOGETHER - quite an honor as well as a reflection, I guess, on how serious Dr. ...
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    Linda Racine - risks list

    I'm unclear about the risks you detailed earlier in this thread. Some, even most, do seem to be the "luck of the draw". However, others (leaving a sponge or other equipment inside, operating...
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    Misc about patient rights

    Sorry my lengthy post above was a hard to read. I was simultaneously searching for airline tickets and (I guess this was the problem) the many open windows with comparative prices made it...
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    Confused on several counts

    1) I've had numerous operations in my lifetime, only one intrinsically more serious than any general anesthesia is (minimally invasive neurosurgery on my cervical spine). ALL of them required me...
  8. Ps

    So sorry, friends, to have disappeared abruptly after my long overdue return. Right after posting, I experienced weeks of massive computer and Comcast problems which kept me offline, and I...
  9. Bad time to check in (killer thread and about to have a mastectomy)...

    No time to write much as breast cancer (routine screening turned it up) has preempted everything for the time being. (I won't know the stage until surgery which is to be finally scheduled on...
  10. Sticky: I KNEW I shouldn't have read this...

    I KNEW I shouldn't have read this thread...:confused:
  11. Hi, Ed! Great to hear from you! You're so...

    Hi, Ed! Great to hear from you! You're so sweet. I missed you (in fact, I ALMOST PMed you from New York during the surgical visits, as I felt my heart racing with pending decisions.)
    Yes, I...
  12. Back and about to Bite the Bullet, but...(lengthy catch-up)

    Hi, all! I was unable to follow through on surgery five years ago, because family members bailed on promised help. In-between, a youngish son (now 26) has expressed willingness to help...
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    Fare thee well, scoli-sister! All best...:) :)...

    Fare thee well, scoli-sister!
    All best...:) :) :)
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    Yeah, the more I think of it (listening to ...

    Yeah, the more I think of it (listening to many others too) age 50 - for women, men-o-pause I s'pose - DOES seem to be a major (bad) milestone scoliosis-wise...:(

    Kind of a ...
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    Right, Ed. All good comments about the...

    Right, Ed. All good comments about the peripheral decisions surrounding surgery. Yes, you did indeed go through the recovery from the nethermost reaches of hell.

    I remember all your...
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    Private room or private attendant? Which matters most in comfort/survival?

    Scuze the digression, Steve, but I want to ask Ed (and anyone else) to elaborate on the private room issue - and by implication other private care issues - They periodically rear their ...
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    Sorry for delay. Good you sent her a PM but be...

    Sorry for delay. Good you sent her a PM but be forewarned that according to what her Profile says, she hasn't been online here since late August.

    However, you can find her posts by clicking...
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    Hang on, Steve. I know you have to be shaking...

    Hang on, Steve. I know you have to be shaking in your scuba fins (can't say "boots" right?) but these things DO end, and having chosen a tip top surgeon is the greatest thing you can do...
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    Prayer and care, Steve, dear. We all need...

    Prayer and care, Steve, dear.
    We all need each other's positive energy.
    In this regard we are each other's truest family - empathy, in the deepest sense.

    "Lynette" (netname) - late...
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    Thank heaven. After a while numbness almost...

    Thank heaven.

    After a while numbness almost sets in.

    Glad you told us. Feel we are family.
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    Gayle, Many congratulations and all the very...

    Gayle,

    Many congratulations and all the very best wishes on a smooth recovery WAY over to the other side of that once so distant shore.

    I have been marooned on a different shore - ...
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    Happy pictures, great people, friends all......

    Happy pictures, great people, friends all...

    Keep us in the loop - in a manner of speaking. Straight loop! Love your hair and profile too, Sharon. You are a pretty lady -...
  23. Consider them sent! You and yours already...

    Consider them sent! You and yours already have automatic special delivery access from this data point for whatever it's worth.

    ...Also a personal "oh, no" at the mere thought of MORE ...
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    Thanks for writing in, Ed. I am embarrassed...

    Thanks for writing in, Ed. I am embarrassed to admit I don't recall Sharon's original fusion length - only that dramatic saga about the well-meaning (but adamant) docs who insisted she...
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    Aw-RIGHT!!! Congratulations. Can't wait to...

    Aw-RIGHT!!!

    Congratulations. Can't wait to hear more,
    Meanwhile, heal, heal, heal...
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