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  1. #1
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    Just 2 more days

    Well everyone, I had my lengthy preop appt yesterday and everything is A GO for my surgery this Friday. I'm so very anxious but ready. I feel very confident in my surgeon and everyone else I met. My husband and I also checked out the hospital and we were very impressed. Also learned that UC Davis was just voted in the top 50 U.S. hospitals in orthopedics. All these things help to ease my anxiety a bit. Plus found out that I'm now developing a lumbar curve...so that is helping me too that I'm making the right decision to do this now and not put it off.

    Thanks to all who have shared their experiences and knowledge here. I learned so much which helped me ask the right questions.

    And T-Ed, I haven't forgotten the foam! We bought a memory foam mattress topper and it feels great already!

    I will be "seeing" you all on the other side.
    Laurie
    Age 57
    Posterior fusion w/thoracoplasty T2-L3 Oct 1, 2010
    Thoracic curve corrected from 61* to 16*
    Lumbar curve, unknown measurement
    Disfiguring back hump GONE!!
    Dr Munish Gupta
    UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA

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    Laurie,
    Best of luck with your surgery on the 1st. It sounds like you will be in good hands with your surgeon and a good orthopedic hospital. We'll all be thinking about you on Thursday and wishing you the best!
    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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    Good Luck Laurie you be in my thoughts on the 1st
    you are in good hands becausse me and you have the same surgeon. let me warn you what he my or may not do put his hands on your feet like he did to me sorry i had to put that in there because he does that with all his patients
    Last edited by kennedy; 09-29-2010 at 06:37 PM.
    Kara
    25
    Brace 4-15-05-5-25-06
    Posterior Spinal Fusion 3-10-10
    T4-L2
    Before 50T
    After 20T

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    Laurie - you sound good. See you on the flip side. Thinking of you.
    Shari - 55 years old
    Pre-Surgery 62 degree thorasic curve with shifting.
    Post op 13 degree curve.
    Successful surgery 4/15/10, T3-L2 fused.
    2nd surgery to reopen incision 10" to diagnose infection, 5/18/10
    Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI - the late Dr. Harry Herkowitz
    www.scoliosisthejourney.com

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    We'll be thinking of you on Friday Laurie. You sound well prepared and up for it. I am sure this helps. All the best for a successful surgery and an easy recovery.
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

  6. #6
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    Laurie I be thinking of you on friday good luck for a sussceful surgery
    Kara
    25
    Brace 4-15-05-5-25-06
    Posterior Spinal Fusion 3-10-10
    T4-L2
    Before 50T
    After 20T

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    You will be in my prayers and will be waiting to hear from someone that you made to the other side safely

    Melissa

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    Best wishes for you - be thinking of you Friday and wishing a speedy recovery!
    Dee - Mother of two daughters, both with scoliosis KateScoliKid (16yo) 52* Lumbar curve
    Fusion Surgery 2/9/10 T-11->L-3 @CHKD Norfolk VA
    Jes (20yo) T 3 -> L 3 w/ Kyphosis

  9. #9
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    Lucky you!

    Pretty soon this will be behind you and you can begin the healing process, and enjoy your new life! Best of Luck to you, you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Lori in PA, 52 yrs. old
    T54/L72
    Surgery 6/7/11, T3-S1, all posterior, with pelvic anchors
    Gained 2 inches!
    Dr. Boachie, HSS, NYC
    12/10/13 Hardware Removal for infection
    Lost 2", gained PJK!

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    Laurie- Good Luck tommrrow with your surgery i be thinking of you GOOD LUCK soon this surgery well be hide you
    Kara
    25
    Brace 4-15-05-5-25-06
    Posterior Spinal Fusion 3-10-10
    T4-L2
    Before 50T
    After 20T

  11. #11
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    Great luck to you. You will be in my thoughts and prayers for a smooth recovery.
    Chris, Austin, TX
    age:58
    80 degree thoracic/36 degree lumbar curves
    Surgery 8/2/10, Anterior Cervical Decompression/Fusion
    C4/5, C5/6, C6/7
    New Surgery date 10/25/2010, T-2 to Pelvis, posterior
    Dr. Matthew Geck, Seton Spine and Scoliosis Center

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    Laurie

    You will do just fine. Post when you can....
    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

  13. #13
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    Laurie--
    You sound like you are as ready as you can be. Now just put your faith in the doctors. You'll do great! Best to you and your family. 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.

  14. #14
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    thank God it's Friday

    Wow, Laurie, you're there...

    I wish you the very best of healthy outcomes. Let us know as soon as you can!
    Amy
    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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    Praying all goes well for you today.
    Glenda
    Age 66 Georgia (63 at time of surgery)
    Bi-lateral laminectomy 2006
    Kyphoscoliosis, approx 38* lumbar scoliosis, stenosis, disk herniations, lower back and hip pain, w/radiating pain, stinging and numbness in legs.
    A/P fusion (T10-S2) 5/17/10 and 5/20/10
    Dr Yoon, Emory Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital, Atlanta, GA
    Pleased with outcome

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