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    Anne in York's surgery

    This is Anne's husband, Brian, and I hope I'm doing this correctly.
    Anne's surgery was today (Tuesday). She's stable, but there was significant blood loss as she required 8 pints. Due to the blood loss, Dr. Lonner needed to shorten the surgery somewhat (if you call 8 hours "short") so he couldn't do everything he had hoped. There is significant curve correction though, and we'll see where we go once we figure out the cause of the blood loss. Anne wasn't taking any blood thinning medication or Vitamin E and when she donated blood in the past she would occasionally have trouble because her blood clotted too much. Baffling..........
    You folks have been very inspirational and encouraging to Anne and when she's able you'll be the first contacts.
    I'll try to respond but if you don't hear anything don't hesitate to contact me at golfnband@comcast.net
    Thanks again.

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    Thanks for giving that info for all of us. So happy to hear she got significant correction. I hope they figure out the blood loss situation. I know I was given 6 units during my 10 hour surgery--just reread the surgery notes-- and 4 more units a few days later, so it certainly happens. Interesting about her donations previously because I gave blood once, passed out, and was really sick for 24 hours. They told me never to donate again. Continued good thoughts and prayers for you and Anne for a good recovery. Janet
    Janet

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    Diagnosed in 1965 at age of 13--no brace
    Thoracic Curve: 96 degrees to 35 degrees
    Lumbar Curve: 63 degrees to 5 degrees
    Surgery with Dr. Lenke in St. Louis--March 30, 2009
    T-2 to Pelvis, and hopefully all posterior procedure.

    All was posterior along with 2 cages and 6 osteotomies.

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    Good luck to you and Anne. Congrats on the significant correction. Not to worry about the blood loss issue - they will take good care of that I'm sure. Please feel free to contact us if we can do anything for you or her. And, as soon as you can, please tell her she is in our thoughts.

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    Brian, Send best wishes to Anne. Glad it is behind her. I'll be seeing Dr. Lonner. Now she just has to concentrate on healing. All the best, Joy

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    Thank you Brian!

    I also needed 6 units of blood, four on the day, another couple I think 1-2 days later. Glad to hear he achieved a good correction. Do you know what it was he was unable to get done before he closed?

    I hope Anne recovers well. The best of luck to you both.
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    Great Anne...you will be OK...whatever is needed next will happen...just so gald you came out of OR & are starting healing process...Brian please tell her we kept her in our thoughts & prayers all day...& will continue to do so!

    hope she feels better each day.....thanks for letting us know, Brian
    i'll be seeing Dr Lonner soon...

    jess

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    Thanks for the info, Brian. You both are in my thoughts and prayers. This is the tough part, but it does get better with time. Many of us have been through this, and know what you both are going through. You will see a lot of progress in the next few weeks, so just take it one day at a time. She will need your encouragement and support, both physically and mentally. Don't forget to take care of yourself too. Gentle hugs...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RitaR View Post
    Good luck to you and Anne. Congrats on the significant correction. Not to worry about the blood loss issue - they will take good care of that I'm sure. Please feel free to contact us if we can do anything for you or her. And, as soon as you can, please tell her she is in our thoughts.
    Thanks. I'll try to keep everyone updated.
    Brian


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    T4 to sacrum fusion
    63 thoracic now 35, 92 lumbar now 53
    Dr. Baron Lonner, 2/2/10
    Am pain-free, balanced, happy & an inch taller !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Susie*Bee View Post
    Thanks for the info, Brian. You both are in my thoughts and prayers. This is the tough part, but it does get better with time. Many of us have been through this, and know what you both are going through. You will see a lot of progress in the next few weeks, so just take it one day at a time. She will need your encouragement and support, both physically and mentally. Don't forget to take care of yourself too. Gentle hugs...
    Thanks a lot. We'll try to keep in touch.
    Brian


    Anne in PA
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    Diagnosed at age 14, untreated, no problem until age 50
    T4 to sacrum fusion
    63 thoracic now 35, 92 lumbar now 53
    Dr. Baron Lonner, 2/2/10
    Am pain-free, balanced, happy & an inch taller !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doodles View Post
    Thanks for giving that info for all of us. So happy to hear she got significant correction. I hope they figure out the blood loss situation. I know I was given 6 units during my 10 hour surgery--just reread the surgery notes-- and 4 more units a few days later, so it certainly happens. Interesting about her donations previously because I gave blood once, passed out, and was really sick for 24 hours. They told me never to donate again. Continued good thoughts and prayers for you and Anne for a good recovery. Janet
    Thanks a lot. That's reassuring. We'll try to keep everyone updated.
    Brian


    Anne in PA
    Age 58
    Diagnosed at age 14, untreated, no problem until age 50
    T4 to sacrum fusion
    63 thoracic now 35, 92 lumbar now 53
    Dr. Baron Lonner, 2/2/10
    Am pain-free, balanced, happy & an inch taller !

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    Quote Originally Posted by JenniferG View Post
    Thank you Brian!

    I also needed 6 units of blood, four on the day, another couple I think 1-2 days later. Glad to hear he achieved a good correction. Do you know what it was he was unable to get done before he closed?

    I hope Anne recovers well. The best of luck to you both.
    Thanks for the info. Not exactly sure what Dr. Lonner was able to get done. I'll try to find out today.

    Brian


    Anne in PA
    Age 58
    Diagnosed at age 14, untreated, no problem until age 50
    T4 to sacrum fusion
    63 thoracic now 35, 92 lumbar now 53
    Dr. Baron Lonner, 2/2/10
    Am pain-free, balanced, happy & an inch taller !

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrnyc View Post
    Great Anne...you will be OK...whatever is needed next will happen...just so gald you came out of OR & are starting healing process...Brian please tell her we kept her in our thoughts & prayers all day...& will continue to do so!

    hope she feels better each day.....thanks for letting us know, Brian
    i'll be seeing Dr Lonner soon...

    jess
    Thanks a lot. We'll see what today brings.
    Brian


    Anne in PA
    Age 58
    Diagnosed at age 14, untreated, no problem until age 50
    T4 to sacrum fusion
    63 thoracic now 35, 92 lumbar now 53
    Dr. Baron Lonner, 2/2/10
    Am pain-free, balanced, happy & an inch taller !

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    Quote Originally Posted by joyfull View Post
    Brian, Send best wishes to Anne. Glad it is behind her. I'll be seeing Dr. Lonner. Now she just has to concentrate on healing. All the best, Joy
    Thanks. I'll keep you updated.
    Brian


    Anne in PA
    Age 58
    Diagnosed at age 14, untreated, no problem until age 50
    T4 to sacrum fusion
    63 thoracic now 35, 92 lumbar now 53
    Dr. Baron Lonner, 2/2/10
    Am pain-free, balanced, happy & an inch taller !

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    Brian,

    thank you so much for the update. I know how nervous Anne was--we've all been there. Give her a gentle little hug from me.
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    Told by Dr. my curve would never progress

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    Pre-Surgury Thorasic: 66 degrees
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 66 degrees

    Post-Surgery Thorasic: 34 degrees
    Post-Surgery Lumbar: 22 degrees

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    Brian,

    It has always made me smile when a husband or boyfriend takes the time to get on here and update the rest of us.

    Hope she gets home soon, and all is well.

    Best Wishes for Anne and you,
    Shari

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