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    Thoracic Curve

    Anyone out there have a larger thoracic curve? I seem to be the minority and was wondering how people with both thoracic/lumbar fusions are doing.
    Thanks,
    Janet
    36 year young cardiac RN
    old curve C 29, T 70, L 50
    new curve C 7, T 23, L 20
    Surgery June 11, UCH, Dr. Cronen T2-L5, posterior
    Revision December 20 L5-S1 with pelvic fixation
    and Osteotomy to L3 at Tampa General Hospital

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    Hello jsully - I had a 95 thoracolumbar curve before my surgery on Mar 1st. Dr. said most of it was thoracic which is why I had trouble breathing and lung capacity had decreased.

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    Janet--
    Glad to see another Janet on here. My thoracic curved was 95 by the time I had surgery or more. (Check my signature at bottom--I keep forgetting the final degree.) I'll be a year on Tuesday and am doing quite well. I think I'll be doing even better after a few more months. Over 50 seems to slow things down some. I can do most anything just differently. Janet
    Janet

    61 years old--57 for surgery

    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 to hear! Thank you.
    36 year young cardiac RN
    old curve C 29, T 70, L 50
    new curve C 7, T 23, L 20
    Surgery June 11, UCH, Dr. Cronen T2-L5, posterior
    Revision December 20 L5-S1 with pelvic fixation
    and Osteotomy to L3 at Tampa General Hospital

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    Hi Janet....

    I think you read about more lumbar curves here because 1) the population tends to be older, and 2) lumbar curves are far more likely to drive people to surgery because of associated pain issues. In reality, in younger patients, thoracic curves are far more common than lumbar curves.

    Regards,
    Linda

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