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    yeah, i had a pretty good correction too. i had a thoracic curve of 57 degrees at the time of my surgery - also had compensatory cervical and lumbar curves of around 40 degrees. now, my cervical and lumbar curves are non-existent (about 2 degrees!) and my thoracic curve is 18 degrees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joyfull View Post
    Linda, Regarding your comment, how would you describe the cosmetic correction even thought the rib deformity remains? Thanks, Joy
    Hi Joy...

    Sorry, but I don't understand your question.

    --Linda

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    Linda, If the rib deformity remains, what is actually corrected? How does the hump go down if it remains deformed? Does one seem taller, so that the deformity is less noticeable? I guess I'm asking what is real correction and what is perceived correction? I hope that is clearer. Thanks, Joy

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    Hi Joy...

    When the spine is de-rotated, the rib cage goes along with it. Look at this picture:

    http://www.pediatric-orthopedics.com...ing/wing-5.png

    When the spine and rib cage are de-rotated, the ribs that you see on the left (as you're looking at the picture), become less prominent in the back and more prominent in the front. The right side (as you're looking at it), gets less prominent in the front and more prominent in the back.

    Does that answer your question?

    --Linda

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    Thanks, Linda. It sounds better that what I have now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaRacine View Post
    Hi Joy...

    When the spine is de-rotated, the rib cage goes along with it. Look at this picture:

    http://www.pediatric-orthopedics.com...ing/wing-5.png

    When the spine and rib cage are de-rotated, the ribs that you see on the left (as you're looking at the picture), become less prominent in the back and more prominent in the front. The right side (as you're looking at it), gets less prominent in the front and more prominent in the back.

    Does that answer your question?

    --Linda
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    why is that?? weird.

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    Rotation of vertebrae has a profound effect on rib shape.

    With some of our corked spines, our ribs grow and reshape accordingly. Actually its amazing how everything gets squeezed and reshaped through the years. (pre-surgery)

    Straighten and counter rotate and sometimes our shapes might not be so perfect, but it is an improvement.

    Everyone is different in their own ways. Its nice to be unique.... I wouldn’t have it any other way.
    Im sure Sharon would agree even with twins. Individuality is the greatest virtue.

    We are all very attractive in our own very special ways.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by titaniumed View Post
    Everyone is different in their own ways. Its nice to be unique.... I wouldn’t have it any other way.
    I'm going to go out on a limb here: I think you're 100% secure in your uniqueness!

    Vive la difference, my friend.
    Fusion is NOT the end of the world.
    AIDS Walk Houston 2008 5K @ 33 days post op!


    41, dx'd JIS & Boston braced @ 10
    Pre-op ±53°, Post-op < 20°
    Fused 2/5/08, T4-L1 ... Darrell S. Hanson, Houston


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    Yup

    Pam,

    You know me so well, you didnt even look at my Kenny Rogers photo.

    I know, its a repeat. LOL

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 61, the new 61...
    Pre surgery curves T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    What? You posted a photo?
    Fusion is NOT the end of the world.
    AIDS Walk Houston 2008 5K @ 33 days post op!


    41, dx'd JIS & Boston braced @ 10
    Pre-op ±53°, Post-op < 20°
    Fused 2/5/08, T4-L1 ... Darrell S. Hanson, Houston


    VIEW MY X-RAYS
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    Hi Ed,

    I always look at your photos (haha), but it looks like you've changed a bit since your last photo. But you are still dead sexy!

    Thanks for giving me a smile.
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    also mom of Torrey, 12 y/o son, 16* T, stable

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    Pam...

    I think you may have misconstrued my statement of "more prominent." (Or, more likely, I wasn't clear.) I meant it in the way that the ribs are more prominent than they were previously (when they were actually behind the normal plane). In most cases, the ribs that are now forward from their previous position, don't actually break the normal plane. But, it's not terribly uncommon to see someone who has a prominent 12th rib on the left side after surgery.

    --Linda

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    I'm a little confused by that statement... can you further explain?

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    Hi Jess...

    I'm not sure I can explain further, but I'll try. If you think about your rib cage, and how the ribs are deformed. For example:

    http://www.rad.washington.edu/static...ok/RibHump.gif

    When the spine deformity is corrected, the ribs don't change shape, but they are rotated into more of a normal position.

    Does that help?

    --Linda

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