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    Hi Cathy, I have this exact thing and it is...

    Hi Cathy,

    I have this exact thing and it is not an aneurysm, it is just that the aorta lies directly over the lumbar spine, so when they do this surgery and add lumbar lordosis it moves the aorta...
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    Poor 12 y/o girl, she weighed 83 lbs and was...

    Poor 12 y/o girl, she weighed 83 lbs and was carrying a backpack that weighed 40 lbs, half of her body weight. No wonder she ruptured her back muscles!
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    Hi Kara, I'm sorry to hear about your niece's...

    Hi Kara,

    I'm sorry to hear about your niece's scoliosis. I hope it is a small enough curve that she doesn't need any treatment for, but if she does go to UCSF, she would be in very good hands with...
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    Hi Tamena, I'm sorry to hear from your...

    Hi Tamena,

    I'm sorry to hear from your question that you must be having problems. Some of us can't catch a break it seems.

    Someone else posted just a few days ago about continuous pain being...
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    A fistula is an abnormal channel or opening from...

    A fistula is an abnormal channel or opening from one structure into another due to infection.

    Doesn't sound good at all!
  6. Not all states have disability insurance

    Some states have state-run SDI programs, like CA, but many others such as Oregon do not. I am from CA and now live in Oregon. I assumed all states had SDI but was shocked to find out they don't. It's...
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    If you are solidly fused would it be possible to...

    If you are solidly fused would it be possible to just remove all the hardware? Then there would be no question about any metal allergy.
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    The screws could be replaced also, if they are...

    The screws could be replaced also, if they are stainless. Definitely a very good point, Sharon.
  9. Hi mom, While I am of course sorry to hear...

    Hi mom,

    While I am of course sorry to hear about Dr Lenke's misfortune, I have to think you feel relieved now. I was really concerned about your situation…Now, you will be able to plan it and go...
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    Hi mom,

    I am so sorry to hear about all this last minute stress. It seems like many of us have some last-minute thing come up which is extremely stressful. My first revision surgery also got...
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    This surgeon sounds like a real prize. If a...

    This surgeon sounds like a real prize. If a surgeon ever talked to me like that, it would be the last time I saw him.
  12. Hi Susan, Glad you got your date! Is Dr Hart...

    Hi Susan,

    Glad you got your date! Is Dr Hart removing/replacing cages that are there from your original surgery?
  13. Hi Kara, I don't know anything about either of...

    Hi Kara,

    I don't know anything about either of them. Hopefully Linda Racine will see your post and she may know about them.

    Take care,

    Gayle
  14. I've been around the pediatric scoli world since...

    I've been around the pediatric scoli world since 2008, and I have heard Timothy Oswald's name mentioned a number of times. He is in Atlanta I believe.

    A great resource is the Scoliosis Research...
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    Hi T1, I feel your pain with plantar...

    Hi T1,

    I feel your pain with plantar fasciitis. It is so miserably painful…I work at a job where I am on my feet almost all day, so it's particularly bad when it flares up. Mine set in about 3...
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    Hi, I am about 9 wks post-op what sounds like a...

    Hi, I am about 9 wks post-op what sounds like a rather similar revision for broken rods, although mine was done in one stage (Sept 23rd). I am also having trouble with left buttocks pain that...
  17. Thanks everyone, and don't worry, I'm not...

    Thanks everyone, and don't worry, I'm not considering doing any of those sort of cleaning chores! I just wonder how others manage after they are healed. I am very fortunate to have a wonderful,...
  18. Susan, I am so glad this worked out. You will...

    Susan, I am so glad this worked out. You will make quite a splash when you show up naked, I just know it! Glad your sense of humor is still intact.

    Dr Hart will get you all fixed up.
  19. Practical question: Housework after fusion

    Hi all,

    I am wondering how all of you, especially those fused to the sacrum, have adapted to doing household chores that require bending. Examples of things I have no idea how to do safely are...
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    Congratulations Peg on the one year mark and the...

    Congratulations Peg on the one year mark and the great report! I had lots of improvement in the second year, and you may find that the case too.

    Good luck as you start a few new motions!
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    How much activity at 4-5 weeks post-op?

    Thanks for your kind and helpful posts Jennifer, Susan, Linda, and Melissa. I was encouraged by all of you.

    I'm doing better and haven't cried in several days! Big improvement there. I am doing...
  22. Hi Susan, I also think of you every day, and I...

    Hi Susan,

    I also think of you every day, and I feel for you. I truly understand and can empathize because I was just in your shoes in the agony and devastating reality of suddenly broken rods. It...
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    Hi Kara, Wow, that's amazing it's 6 years! ...

    Hi Kara,

    Wow, that's amazing it's 6 years! You are such a trooper, with your sinus surgery and foot surgery also behind you. I am happy for you that all those surgeries are done. But you...
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    Bouts of anxiety/depression

    Hi all, I am about 4 weeks out now and have really been struggling with anxiety and depression these last few weeks. It seems like it was brought on or made worse by suddenly cutting my oxycodone...
  25. Dear Susan, I'm glad surgery is over and went...

    Dear Susan,

    I'm glad surgery is over and went well. Go home and get some rest tonight, this must have been a really long day for you. The ICU nurses will take good care of him.

    Thinking of you...
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