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  1. I agree with Susan. Every surgery is different...

    I agree with Susan. Every surgery is different and every person is different... and unfortunately, many outcomes are not as great as mine. Is it the surgery? The patient? The surgeon? The curve? The...
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    Tamena- I can't wait to hear how your appointment...

    Tamena- I can't wait to hear how your appointment goes. You will be in excellent hands. I am betting your recovery from this surgery will be easier than your last.
    Don't get me wrong, it will not...
  3. Peggy, I did have some medication issues which...

    Peggy, I did have some medication issues which were addressed over the phone. To make a long story short, I called 911 because I knew at the time I didn't have the mental capabilities to know what to...
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    massage

    I am a big fan of massage. I had massages every week before my surgery. I started back at 13 weeks post op.
    My advice is find a QUALIFIED professional that has experience with scoliosis and...
  5. travel

    Hi, Peg. I am from North Carolina and had surgery with Dr. Lenke in St. Louis. I am so glad that I traveled to have him do my surgery. My results have been exceptional.
    Travel expenses included...
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    Happy early, early birthday! Hopefully, you will...

    Happy early, early birthday! Hopefully, you will get great news... see you there. What time is your appointment? I think mine is at 10
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    Hey Doreen, So sorry to hear about all the...

    Hey Doreen,
    So sorry to hear about all the issues you are having. Just wanted you to know that my one year post op appointment is Oct. 16th. I hope we can meet then. I will probably fly into STL the...
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    I have no tips in the sex department... my poor...

    I have no tips in the sex department... my poor husband would say this is definitely the down side to the surgery. For me, It takes an extreme amount of work to climax and moving with him is...
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    Hey Doreen, I just looked back through your...

    Hey Doreen,
    I just looked back through your blog... on February 25th there are some xrays... a different view but it looks like the "crack" is there too. I hope that means you are fine... If my...
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    Wiping after a bowel movement is the hardest...

    Wiping after a bowel movement is the hardest thing for me to do well (besides sex). I used the tongs until about 6 weeks post op and then moved to flushable wet wipes. There is no way I can wipe...
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    nice to hear another success story :)

    nice to hear another success story :)
  12. I can wear heels...

    I am almost 7 months post op and I can wear heels but feel more comfortable wearing wedges.
    Best,
    Heidi
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    Hey there, Doreen! I came by to check to see how...

    Hey there, Doreen!
    I came by to check to see how you were doing....I am sad to hear about your fall! I have fallen a few times but I am lucky that nothing has been injured. I fell off the potty at 3...
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    Hahaha

    Got to love auto correct!
    Ditto what Karen said. I am 6 months post op today and I have been tying my shoes for a couple months although though bows are on the side...
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    this is the exact reason why I chose to be fused...

    this is the exact reason why I chose to be fused to the sacrum. I was told that there is a high probability of needing an additional surgery at SOME POINT if I fused to just L4 or 5. I am assuming it...
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    Doreen! So glad to hear your appointment went so...

    Doreen!
    So glad to hear your appointment went so well! I am looking forward to my 6 month appt. in April. I imagine I will be in and out as well. I am going to get my xrays done the day before...
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    Evelyn, Sometimes I hate posting because I don't...

    Evelyn,
    Sometimes I hate posting because I don't want others to be discouraged...
    I just tried sitting on the floor. I can sit criss cross applesauce with no problems but sitting with legs extended...
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    Irena- My oven is waist high and wall mounted......

    Irena-
    My oven is waist high and wall mounted...
    If I had a regular oven, I might could but it would be more difficult to squat while taking something hot out of the oven and I am not sure if I...
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    Many on here will be praying for you! You are in...

    Many on here will be praying for you! You are in excellent hands. Dr. Lenke and his team are exceptional!!!!
    Best,
    Heidi
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    Not bragging... ok I am!

    I am about 4 1/2 months post op. Fused t4- sacrum. I can walk four miles in one hour. I can load the dishwasher ( I do so mostly by squatting)I can carefully do a load of laundry... I am just...
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    WOO HOOO! Great work.

    WOO HOOO! Great work.
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    Libby, I know its hard to believe that your...

    Libby,
    I know its hard to believe that your surgeries are over! Now the healing begins. Take it one moment at a time. It will get better and easier everyday. Celebrate and marvel at the small...
  23. Thread: fused?

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    Mri

    Evelyn- my husband said you can still have an MRI but the metal causes artifact and they wouldn't be able to see much....
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    It is called Telesco Pik. The sell it on Amazon....

    It is called Telesco Pik. The sell it on Amazon. I bought mine from our local family owned pharmacy... I sent you a link to it.
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    Super woman

    Wow, LIBBY!!!! 3 surgeries. I am praying for a good result and a great recovery. Hang in there! YOU CAN DO IT

    Best,
    Heidi
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