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  1. #1
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    6 month post-op visit

    Hey all, just had my 6 month post-op visit with Dr. Good today and all is progressing really well. I've had smooth sailing the last few months and feel amazingly better every week that passes. When looking at my x-ray's it was amazing to see the fusion progress since my last visit (3 months). One area in particular where a disc was removed, but no cages used, was amazing. Just 3 months ago the bone he inserted into my disc space was clearly visible...at this point you can't even see it, just solid bone from vertibrae to vertibrae....even the titanium spacers he used in two places are also nearly entirely encased in bone at this point. Much of the other areas of fusion were less visible to me, but he was very happy with my progress. The best news for me, being a golfer, is he gave me the green light to start putting again! :-) He also once again confirmed that he sees no reason I should not be able to be back to golfing after another 6 months, which works out perfect for the spring!

    Just wanted to share my good news.

    Rich
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar 65 degrees
    A/P Fusion T10-Pelvis by Dr. Christopher Good
    Virginia Spine Institute, Reston, VA 3/17/10, 3/18/10
    Post-Surgery Lumbar 19 degrees, and 2" in height

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    Congratulations! That is great news!
    Sandie
    Fusion is scheduled for November 4, 2010
    T10 - S1

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    Great news Rich. You've come a long way...and good news on being able to play golf again. I bet you're jazzed about that!
    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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    Congratulations Rich! What a great six month report!
    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

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    What a great six month report!

    Melissa

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    Great report!!
    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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    Great report! Glad to hear everything is holding up so well. I hope I can start putting practice after 6 months, too!
    Age 56
    Wore a Milwaukee Brace for 3 years in hs
    Fused L4-S1 for high grade spondylolisthesis Jan '09 in Indy
    Thoracic 68
    Surgery Aug 31, 2010 T3 to L1
    Dr Bridwell St Louis
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...1&d=1289881696

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    Really happy for you, Rich.

    It must be such a relief! I never thought about it before, but it must be heartening to see your spine do something it should on an x-ray, rather than degenerate the other way.

    Enjoy your golf game and especially thinking and planning for it...
    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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    Excellent news!! Which is sooooo nice to hear. Thank you!
    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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    Great news rich i'm glad you can play golf again
    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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    Rich

    If you think you are good now, wait another year!

    Keeping it short, my recovery stats were 90% in the first year, and the last 10% took another year.

    It will be interesting to see how you do with your golf game. We have not had many sports enthusiasts report in the past, and I donít believe we have had any golfers report. Putting is very low impact, I would wait for your Doctor to approve any swinging...maybe next spring.
    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

  12. #12
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    Thanks for the kind words everyone, I truly appreciate it! I really look forward to being able to golf again, but I'm definitely not going to rush it...putting works for now, hopefully by next spring I'll have the green light to try a full swing. :-)

    Nitram
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar 65 degrees
    A/P Fusion T10-Pelvis by Dr. Christopher Good
    Virginia Spine Institute, Reston, VA 3/17/10, 3/18/10
    Post-Surgery Lumbar 19 degrees, and 2" in height

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    Hey Rich!

    I think of you often as I work in Reston and drive by the VA Spine Clinic occassionally, and have been wondering how you're doing.

    This is such good news! So happy to hear of your progress. It feels so great each step you can take towards your pre-surgery life and all the activities you used to enjoy.
    Julie - 51 yrs old

    Dx'd 1973 - 43* thoracic curve / rotation
    Wore Milwaukee brace 1973 - 1979
    Pre-surgery: 63* thoracic / 52* lumbar curves


    Surgeries: P - March 16, 2009 - Fused T3-S2 with pelvic fixation
    A -April 14, 2009 - Fused L5-S1
    Achieved +70% Correction
    Dr. Khaled Kebaish, (and team) Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore


    Standing x-ray
    New Spine 03/19/2009
    New Spine Lateral 03/19/2009

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    Yeah, Rich!!!
    I'm glad you're doing so well. I especially like your report about being able to play golf. You know I'm nuts about golf and play about 5 days a week. I hope to at least chip and putt next summer. I just won the Annbriar Ladies' Club Championship today, so I'm happy about that. I told my competitiors that I would not be playing next summer.
    Best of luck in your continued recovery!
    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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    Yay! Thanks for sharing your good news.

    Evelyn
    age 48
    80* thoracolumbar; 40* thoracic
    Reduced to ~16* thoracolumbar; ~0* thoracic
    Surgery 3/14/12 with Dr. Lenke in St. Louis, T4 to S1 with pelvic fixation
    Broken rods 12/1/19; scheduled for revision fusion L1-L3-4 with Dr. Lenke 2/4/2020
    Not "confused" anymore, but don't know how to change my username.

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