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Thread: Update on my minor tuneup/revision

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    New Bern, NC

    Update on my minor tuneup/revision

    Sorry I haven't really updated you all on my surgery of May 19th. I have been very busy house hunting in N.Carolina and trying to clean out this house we have lived in for 34 years. Also, I was hoping to have the very best of news to report on my pain. I think there is some improvement as pain has not been keeping me awake at night. However, I still have some pain and still hope that it will improve over time. Dr. Rand felt that it would improve.

    I was very fortunate that Dr. Rand did not have to remove screws and rods to access the area that needed attention, so my recovery was very quick. I had very little surgical pain and refused all narcotics and went with tylenol alone. I was back to skating in two weeks and Dr. Rand said to just keep very active.

    This is the procedure on the operative report: Laminectomy L3, L4 & L5 on the right, right L3-4, right L4-5 transforaminal decompression with resection of the right L4 pedicle and base of the transverse process on the right. I had to dig out my Anatomy and Physiology textbook from college to figure out all of the bone parts.

    I lost quite a bit of blood, but not enough to be transfused so I came home with iron to take. I guess I am allergic to adhesives as my entire back itched for about five weeks and the skin near the incision is still dark in color from the steri strips. The antibiotics gave me a rash all over my torso for 3 or 4 days. Other than that, I don't have anything else to complain about.

    As time goes by, when I am not busy with moving, I will update again.

    Thanks to everyone on this Forum. You are a great group of people.

    Diagnosed with severe lumbar scoliosis at age 65.
    Posterior Fusion L2-S1 on 12/4/2007. age 67
    Anterior Fusion L3-L4,L4-L5,L5-S1 on 12/19/2007
    Additional bone removed to decompress right side of L3-L4 & L4-L5 on 4/19/2010
    New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA
    Dr. Frank F.

    "In God We Trust" Happy moments, praise God. Difficult moments, seek God. Quiet moments, worship God. Painful moments, trust God. Every moment, thank God.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2009
    hey Sally
    hope you are pain free really soon! wish you best of luck in your hunt in Carolina for your next home!


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Ames, Iowa
    Sally--Wow, there's a lot going on in your life right now! Be sure to take time to heal. Can't believe you are skating again already. Keeping my fingers crossed that the pain will continue to diminish. 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.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    So much admiration, and a few questions, but when I choke up today - lately - my PC goes kablooey (keeps scrolling on its own, endlessly - just in case anyone knows what that means. Holding the CNTRL key while I try to write helps a little )

    Hence so many short postings, for a change!)


    (Perhaps I should switch to Haiku!)
    Not all diagnosed (still having tests and consults) but so far:
    Ehler-Danlos (hyper-mobility) syndrome, 69 - somehow,
    main curve L Cobb 60, compensating T curve ~ 30
    Flat back, marked lumbar kyphosis (grade?) Spondilolisthesis - everyone gives this a different grade too. Cervical stenosis op'd 3-07, minimally invasive

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Glad it went well...I think that being able to get sleep is paramount to everything. I'm home with a sinus infection (hence all the posts!) and haven't slept well for days- it makes everything hurt. Being able to rest and sleep well is a blessing.

    Sounds like you have a lot pending, but all good....

    Had my appt with Dr Rand, and he said no surgery yet! Very happy about that!

    Stay in touch....
    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

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Central NJ
    Quote Originally Posted by loves to skate View Post
    I had very little surgical pain and refused all narcotics and went with tylenol alone. I was back to skating in two weeks
    As time goes by, when I am not busy with moving, I will update again.

    Thanks to everyone on this Forum. You are a great group of people.

    Yo go girl!!! You're quite a woman Sally; there aren't many out there who would have back surgery and go totally without narcotics. Good luck with the move.

    Do you have your scating locations scoped out in NC?
    Debbe - 50 yrs old

    Milwalkee Brace 1976 - 79
    Told by Dr. my curve would never progress

    Surgery 10/15/08 in NYC by Dr. Michael Neuwirth
    Pre-Surgury Thorasic: 66 degrees
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 66 degrees

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

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    I totally missed this post about your surgery. I hope this does the trick for you and you are finally pain free or at least have less pain. I can't believe you were back to skating in 2 weeks. You are truly a wonder woman on skates. Congratulations again on your upcoming move and hope everything is as smooth as can be for you in your move from here to NC.
    1987 Lumbar Laminectomy (forget which levels)
    2005 A/P fusion, L2 - L5, 2/2005
    2009 2 Posterior fusions, T6 - Pelvis, 2/10 & 2/18,
    Dr. Frank Rand, NEBH

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