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Thread: twisting limitations with full fusion.

  1. #76
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    Rockycarm,
    Welcome to the forum. Don't hesitate to post your questions. This forum was my main support before and after my surgery.
    Karen

    Surgery-Jan. 5, 2011-Dr. Lenke
    Fusion T-4-sacrum-2 cages/5 osteotomies
    70 degree thoracolumbar corrected to 25
    Rib Hump-GONE!
    Age-60 at the time of surgery
    Now 66
    Avid Golfer & Tap Dancer
    Retired Kdgn. Teacher

    See photobucket link for:
    Video of my 1st Day of Golf Post-Op-3/02/12-Bradenton, FL
    Before and After Picture of back 1/7/11
    tap dancing picture at 10 mos. post op 11/11/11-I'm the one on the right.
    http://s1119.photobucket.com/albums/k630/pottoff2/

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    Rockycarm,

    I also welcome you to this forum, which has been and continues to be for me a place of support and information.

    Ask away all your questions and concerns
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

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    Questions :)

    Quote Originally Posted by golfnut View Post
    Rockycarm,
    Welcome to the forum. Don't hesitate to post your questions. This forum was my main support before and after my surgery.
    To any and all who may read: 1. how long were you in the hospital? 2. How long were you on pain meds, reactions? 3. Were you able to be independent in the bathroom? How long before you could shower? Do hair? Could you wear a bra? If not, what did you wear? hahaha for the men that one was not for you 5. Did you sleep in your own bed when you came home from the hospital? OK, I won't bombard you all at once, but soooooooooo many thanks.

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    Could you start a new thread to post your questions? I will be happy to share my experiences, although everyone is different and has to go at his/her own pace.
    I think you will get a lot more responses if you start a new thread and then can continue to add new questions to it as your surgery nears.
    Karen

    Surgery-Jan. 5, 2011-Dr. Lenke
    Fusion T-4-sacrum-2 cages/5 osteotomies
    70 degree thoracolumbar corrected to 25
    Rib Hump-GONE!
    Age-60 at the time of surgery
    Now 66
    Avid Golfer & Tap Dancer
    Retired Kdgn. Teacher

    See photobucket link for:
    Video of my 1st Day of Golf Post-Op-3/02/12-Bradenton, FL
    Before and After Picture of back 1/7/11
    tap dancing picture at 10 mos. post op 11/11/11-I'm the one on the right.
    http://s1119.photobucket.com/albums/k630/pottoff2/

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    First Day on Forum

    Sorry to ask this but - how do you post a new thread??

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    You have to be logged in. Go the the section on the Forum for "Adult Patients (18+) Surgical (First Time)
    At the top on the left in blue is "Start New Thread" Click on it and type your title and questions-scroll down and click "Submit New Thread".
    Karen

    Surgery-Jan. 5, 2011-Dr. Lenke
    Fusion T-4-sacrum-2 cages/5 osteotomies
    70 degree thoracolumbar corrected to 25
    Rib Hump-GONE!
    Age-60 at the time of surgery
    Now 66
    Avid Golfer & Tap Dancer
    Retired Kdgn. Teacher

    See photobucket link for:
    Video of my 1st Day of Golf Post-Op-3/02/12-Bradenton, FL
    Before and After Picture of back 1/7/11
    tap dancing picture at 10 mos. post op 11/11/11-I'm the one on the right.
    http://s1119.photobucket.com/albums/k630/pottoff2/

  7. #82
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    Amazing photos!!!

    Wow~ you are an encoureagement~~ that looks like what my son will be having june 14th~ how is your pain now? Thank you for sharing this. I can't wait for my son to see this~ god bless you!!!

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    Diana,
    I had fears of never being able to play golf close to the level I played before surgery, but thought that surgery was still the best choice for my later years even if it didn't include golf. Ed's photos gave me a lot of hope. Being 60 years old and fused from T-4 to the sacrum, I could not imagine that I could ever again be competitive at golf. Last Mon. night was the first night of our league in Waterloo, and I won first place over 20 golfers. It's hard to imagine, but life is pretty much back to normal and my future is so much brighter because of the surgery. Also, my self confidence in my taller, straighter appearance has increased. I still (after 15 months) receive compliments!
    Karen

    Surgery-Jan. 5, 2011-Dr. Lenke
    Fusion T-4-sacrum-2 cages/5 osteotomies
    70 degree thoracolumbar corrected to 25
    Rib Hump-GONE!
    Age-60 at the time of surgery
    Now 66
    Avid Golfer & Tap Dancer
    Retired Kdgn. Teacher

    See photobucket link for:
    Video of my 1st Day of Golf Post-Op-3/02/12-Bradenton, FL
    Before and After Picture of back 1/7/11
    tap dancing picture at 10 mos. post op 11/11/11-I'm the one on the right.
    http://s1119.photobucket.com/albums/k630/pottoff2/

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    Best of luck to your son on June 14th. I think I have improved on flexibility since my husband took the video on vacation. That was the first day of golf after 15 months of not playing golf and having all of my back muscles cut and the rods inserted. I know that I will continue to improve. This surgery recovery just takes lots of patience and a positive attitude.
    Karen

    Surgery-Jan. 5, 2011-Dr. Lenke
    Fusion T-4-sacrum-2 cages/5 osteotomies
    70 degree thoracolumbar corrected to 25
    Rib Hump-GONE!
    Age-60 at the time of surgery
    Now 66
    Avid Golfer & Tap Dancer
    Retired Kdgn. Teacher

    See photobucket link for:
    Video of my 1st Day of Golf Post-Op-3/02/12-Bradenton, FL
    Before and After Picture of back 1/7/11
    tap dancing picture at 10 mos. post op 11/11/11-I'm the one on the right.
    http://s1119.photobucket.com/albums/k630/pottoff2/

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    Diana,
    I just realized that your comments were probably intended for Ed, instead of me. Yes, Ed is amazing in so many ways. He is invaluable to this forum with his postive support and knowledge. You son might like to see my video in my signature that shows life on the golf course after surgery!
    Karen

    Surgery-Jan. 5, 2011-Dr. Lenke
    Fusion T-4-sacrum-2 cages/5 osteotomies
    70 degree thoracolumbar corrected to 25
    Rib Hump-GONE!
    Age-60 at the time of surgery
    Now 66
    Avid Golfer & Tap Dancer
    Retired Kdgn. Teacher

    See photobucket link for:
    Video of my 1st Day of Golf Post-Op-3/02/12-Bradenton, FL
    Before and After Picture of back 1/7/11
    tap dancing picture at 10 mos. post op 11/11/11-I'm the one on the right.
    http://s1119.photobucket.com/albums/k630/pottoff2/

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    Wink

    The X-Rays look amazing! You're fusion turned out very nice. I'm so happy for you!

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    Wow Karen!

    1st place over 20 golfers! Thatís great! Glad my photos helped out some....You are in inspiration to many here.

    Its JonMarkís turn to post, you are ready buddy, start your own thread. You have an incredible story and are a trooper. And Dee, YOU ARE an incredible person.......You deserve some sort of award, I wish I could give it to you......Glad that you guys showed up here for support.

    I hope I helped out somewhat on the phone.....

    Both of you are going to do just fine.

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 59, the new 55...
    Pre surgery curves C12,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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    House Cleaning with Fusion to Sacrum

    I have a question for people who have a fusion to sacrum and are more than a year post-op - how do you go about cleaning your house? Can you clean a bathroom (shower, bath tub etc) or not? I understand that you can't do it for the first several months or maybe a year, but lets say after a year or two, can you do all the work around the house that requires a lot of bending or you still need somebody else to do it? Thank you!

    Irina.

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    Irina

    How did you know that I was cleaning all weekend? lol Iím just a beast of burden....

    I have no issues with getting down and scrubbing. It took about 18 months before I could do these things...

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 59, the new 55...
    Pre surgery curves C12,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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    I read your mind, Ed :-) Do you have any pain after you bend and scrub?

    I am a neat freak and some people jokingly ask me if we leave in this house or only use it as a show room, ha-ha. So, knowing myself, question of how to keep your house clean after the surgery (if I have it) is important to me.

    Irina.

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