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    Total spine Fusion-things you can no longer do

    Now that I am less than 3 weeks away from surgery, I was wondering what are some things that I will never be able to do again as I am having my back totally fused

    Melissa

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    Are you being fused from the cervical to the sacrum?
    Lynette - 44 years old.

    Pre-surgery thoracic 55 degrees
    Pre-surgery lumbar 85 degrees

    Post-surgery thoracic 19 degrees
    Post-surgery lumbar 27 degrees

    Surgery April 1st 2010.

    Posterior spinal fusion from T9 to sacrum.
    Dr. Cronen at University Community Hospital - Tampa, FL.

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    Yes I am

    Melissa

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    Dance the twist.
    50 foot ski jumps.
    Bungy jumping.

    I think that covers it. What am I missing?
    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 55, the new 39...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    A/P 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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    C1 to the pelvis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by titaniumed View Post
    Dance the twist.
    50 foot ski jumps.
    Bungy jumping.

    I think that covers it. What am I missing?
    Ed
    I do not know. That is why I am asking you

    Melissa

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaRacine View Post
    C1 to the pelvis?
    Yes that is what my surgeon told me

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    Im asking some of the other full fusion patients to chime in.

    They will tomorrow, its late.
    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 55, the new 39...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    A/P 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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    Quote Originally Posted by mbeckoff View Post
    Yes that is what my surgeon told me
    You might want to check. That's a pretty unusual fusion, and the doctor usually does a lot of counseling with the patient prior to surgery. It will mean that you will no longer be able to drive. I've known of two people who had C1 to pelvis fusions. Neither are very happy campers.

    --Linda

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaRacine View Post
    You might want to check. That's a pretty unusual fusion, and the doctor usually does a lot of counseling with the patient prior to surgery. It will mean that you will no longer be able to drive. I've known of two people who had C1 to pelvis fusions. Neither are very happy campers.

    --Linda
    I will check with his nurse tomorrow

    Melissa

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    Yes, that is long... Check first, because there are no "active" posters that are that long.
    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 55, the new 39...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    A/P 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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    Melissa

    In Feb, you mention your surgeon wanted to fuse you T1 down. Big difference. Anyway, there are a few of us T2-pelvis posties that are active here.

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 55, the new 39...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    A/P 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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    Quote Originally Posted by titaniumed View Post
    Melissa

    In Feb, you mention your surgeon wanted to fuse you T1 down. Big difference. Anyway, there are a few of us T2-pelvis posties that are active here.

    Ed
    That is correct then. What can not be done if you are fused T1 down?

    Melissa

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    I have come through with flying colors.... You are making me think here. I have adapted that well. I am extremely pleased with my outcome.

    I do have to stretch to clip my toenails. Its tough in the immediate days after surgery, after time all aspects of recovery will improve. Painting your toenails will be tough. Accessing your feet takes a little effort. I can put my ski boots on, its not easy, but I'm perfecting the method as time passes.

    If I sit in a chair, and have to look behind me a full 180 degrees, I cannot do that, I have to get up and turn around. If I'm in the car, I can see out the right rear window. Driving is not a problem.

    Look at the pics in this thread.
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showthread.php?t=10303

    I use a long shoe horn. I donít need it, but it makes putting shoes on easier.

    No contact sports.

    You might ask your surgeon if he will go 1 or 2 levels lower. T2 or T3 down, and see what he says.
    I tried, and my surgeon would not do it, but you "should" ask. It will give one more level of mobility in your neck. There are a few of us T2-pelvis posties here that are active, T1-pelvis is not that common.

    In general, you should not bend over. You learn to squat to pick things up off the floor. Its no biggie, you get used to it. Now, after 26 months, I CAN bend over to pick things up, but donít.

    Hope this helps.
    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 55, the new 39...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    A/P 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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    Hey Ed,

    When you squat to retrieve floor items, do your knees bother you? I think you mentioned somewhere in another thread that now that your back is great, your knees are complaining, and I have found that Body-Parts-taking-turns to be a syndrome of sorts. You fix one thing and another part stands up to be counted.

    Amy
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    58 yrs old, diagnosed at 31, never braced
    Measured T-64, L-65 in 2009
    Measured T-57, L-56 in 2010, different doc
    2 lumbar levels spondylolisthesis
    Exercising to correct

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