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    I didn't have the surgery from the side nor have...

    I didn't have the surgery from the side nor have a rib removed, but I did have a full fusion, top to bottom, 2 rods and 32 screws, last March and I can tell you literally it is the best thing you can...
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    I had surgery Mar 1st, 2010 and I, too, had...

    I had surgery Mar 1st, 2010 and I, too, had problems "going" after surgery. Seems I was just afraid to let go enough "to go". Maybe a little more information than you needed her. Ha! But, not to...
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    Thanks so much - I appreciate that.

    Thanks so much - I appreciate that.
  4. Thread: One year postop

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    I too am little over one year postop and fully...

    I too am little over one year postop and fully understand your balance issues. Good grief - thought someone was tilting the world when I wasn't looking. It truly is wild! But something I have come...
  5. Where are they located? I'm in Topeka, KS but...

    Where are they located? I'm in Topeka, KS but not familiar with that group. I initially went to Kansas Orthopedics and Sports Medicine as they were the group I had worked for years ago and had one...
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    One Year Postop - Life is good!!!!

    Hello All: Although I have not been on here for a very long time (had to request new password. Ha!) just wanted to let everyone know that it is really GREAT once you reach the other side. I have to...
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    Thank you all. So good to hear from you all...

    Thank you all. So good to hear from you all again. I can't tell you how much your posts have meant to me - from way before my surgery - during surgery when my hubby would read bedside - to recently...
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    Well worth it!! 6 mos postop

    So sorry, haven't posted in for what seems like forever. I hope this finds everyone still hanging in there. Those of us who are lucky enough to have this behind us - GOOD FOR YOU! So proud of...
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    Aug?

    Besta luck to all of you aug surgeries. You will do just fine. Surprisingly I really wasn't that nervous - I was just anxious to get it behind me. ANd, I had everyone taking such wonderful care of...
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    walker?

    nobody told me about anthing other than a walker postop. I wouldn't have been able to be up without it for sure.
  11. Feel everything inside they put in?

    I may be weird - and, if so, just call me on it because I can feel my rods most of the time. Haven't noticed any screw feeling but the rods remind me quite often. I feel them sitting at my desk at...
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    Forward lean

    I had surgery Mar 1st and I notice myself leaning forward just a tiny bit when I walk. Someone please tell me this will go away? I hate to walk past a mirror. Dr. Lenke in St. Louis says it's just...
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    St. Louis Surgery

    Hi Guys: I can tell you having had surgery on March 1st by Dr. Lenke that the Parkway in St. Louis is very nice and you'll be well taken care of and as comfortable as possible. I stayed one night...
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    Go Dr. Lenke!!!!!

    I, like Radiogirl, can vouch for Barnes Jewish Hospital. You will be just fine. I had a little different schedule though. I had my surgery moved up from a cancellation that I was lucky enough to...
  15. Thread: Yoga

    by RitaR
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    Dear Sis of Mine - Hey Laura

    Hi Laura: Remember me? Rita T. here......How are you!?!?!?! I need to call you. It's been crazier than crazy here. I'm doing pretty good - still some pain and still some problems with standing...
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    I can bend over to pick something up off the...

    I can bend over to pick something up off the floor - just hurts when I come back up. I asked Dr. Lenke about that and he said I could start to bend over to get things off the floor, but just not to...
  17. Thread: Driving

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    I was told by someone, not sure who, as soon as...

    I was told by someone, not sure who, as soon as ALL the lines on the road went in one direction (Ha!) and I tell you at first it seemed they were all going different directions, sometimes more than...
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    Yup - I for one can attest to this pain. ...

    Yup - I for one can attest to this pain. Everyday seems to be a new pressure - new tugging inwards or some sort. How odd is that? But, I get the pressure in the lumbar area, between the shoulder...
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    I met with Dr. Lenke in St. Louis one time prior...

    I met with Dr. Lenke in St. Louis one time prior to surgery, then right before surgery for my preop appointment. After surgery, he came in to see me every morning while I was in the hospital and I...
  20. Thread: Rehab?

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    No rehab here.....7 days in hosp, 1 day in hotel...

    No rehab here.....7 days in hosp, 1 day in hotel after release from hosp - doing just great!!!!
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    Hey Radiogirl....9 weeks? Are you serious? ...

    Hey Radiogirl....9 weeks? Are you serious? Can't be - wow! Congrats to you!!! I can't believe it!!! Time flies (I wouldn't say it's been fun, though). Although we seemed to have survived -...
  22. Thread: I'm back!!

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    Congrats to you!!!! I remember how wonderful it...

    Congrats to you!!!! I remember how wonderful it was to get home finally. I felt like I had finally crossed the first hurdle once I got home. Laying in my own bed felt so good.
    Again, welcome home...
  23. Thread: help please

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    Hello All: having had surgery Mar 1st, I...

    Hello All: having had surgery Mar 1st, I currently still take 2 Hydrocodone with my OJ in the morning just to get my day going. Give it about 20 min and I feel much better and pretty much ready to...
  24. Hello....I can paint the exact opposite of Jen's...

    Hello....I can paint the exact opposite of Jen's story. Immediately when I woke up from surgery I had doctors and nurses yelling at me, literally yelling at me (or so it seemed) to breathe, take...
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    Besta luck to you!!!

    Besta luck to you!!!
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