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Thread: Gayle's surgery Monday Oct 11th

  1. #16
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    Gayle,
    Glad to hear your surgery went well. Here's to a complete and rapid pain free recovery.
    Sally
    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
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    No vent how wonderful! I am amazed at the length. of surgery! Hope all continues to do well! Mary

  3. #18
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    what wonderful news!
    may you have a smooth, uneventful recovery!

    jess

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    Great news Gayle!!
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    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

  5. #20
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    The news couldn't be better!

    Thanks for updating us Cara.
    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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    Great news!!! So glad that a second surgery won't be necessary!!
    mariaf305@yahoo.com
    Mom to David, age 17, braced June 2000 to March 2004
    Vertebral Body Stapling 3/10/04 for 40 degree curve (currently mid 20's)

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    Gayle--
    Wonderful news! May the healing begin!! 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.

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    What wonderful news!

    Melissa

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    Cara,
    Thanks for posting. I'm so glad to hear Gayle's surgery went well. I'm hoping she has a smooth recovery.
    Karen

    Surgery-Jan. 5, 2011-Dr. Lenke
    Fusion T-4-sacrum-2 cages/5 osteotomies
    70 degree thoracolumbar corrected to 25
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    Age-60 at the time of surgery
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    Gayle,

    So glad to hear it! Post when you feel up to it; we'll be thinking of you!

    Evelyn
    age 44
    80* thoracolumbar; 40* thoracic
    Reduced to ~16* thoracolumbar; ~0* thoracic
    Surgery 3/14/12 with Dr. Lenke, T4 to S1 with pelvic fixation
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  11. #26
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    Hi,
    I thought I would share an update to let you know that Gayle is coming along overall pretty well in her recovery. She was moved out of ICU and it sounds like her recovery itself is free of any major complications. Unfortunately she has been dealing with a significant amount of pain, and several less than compassionate nurses

    Her hematocrit levels were low today so the doctor ordered two units of blood which hopefully that will help her feel better soon. She did stand up yesterday,and hopefully today she might be able to walk a little.

    I know she will greatly appreciate all of the well wishes and thoughts and prayers being sent her way!

    -Cara
    Last edited by nate03; 10-14-2010 at 05:18 AM.
    Cara, Mom to Nathan
    Diagnosed 24 deg. in July 2007, progressed to 38 deg. by August 2007
    Boston Back Brace 8/07 12/07
    VBS 12/10/07 Boston Children's Hospital
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    40 Degrees before VBS
    11 Degrees now!! (2012)

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  12. #27
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    Thanks so much Cara!

    The 2 units of blood should pick her up a lot. I also had 2 units on about the second or third day and it worked a treat.

    I hope they manage to get the pain under control quickly. It's so miserable until they get the meds worked out. But no major complications is excellent news and what we all want to hear. Tell her it gets better and never let her forget that fact.

    Thanks for caring enough to let us know.
    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

  13. #28
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    That is great advice Jennifer, I will give her that message!
    -Cara
    Cara, Mom to Nathan
    Diagnosed 24 deg. in July 2007, progressed to 38 deg. by August 2007
    Boston Back Brace 8/07 12/07
    VBS 12/10/07 Boston Children's Hospital
    Dr. Hresko
    40 Degrees before VBS
    11 Degrees now!! (2012)

    Nathan's VBS Video

    www.vertebralstapling.com

  14. #29
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    Hope she gets the pain under control soon

    SHe is in my prayers

    Melissa

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    I'm so glad that's over with...and no second surgery! Yay!

    Gayle, hang in there. I hope they are able to quickly find a way to manage your pain and once your recovery is over I hope you are amazed and joyful because you are leading a pain free life.
    daughter, 12, diagnosed 8/07 with 19T/13L
    -Braced in spinecor 10/07 - 8/12 with excellent in brace correction and stable/slightly decreased out of brace curves.
    -Introduced Providence brace as adjunct at night in 11/2011 in anticipation of growth spurt. Curves still stable.
    -Currently in Boston Brace. Growth spurt is here and curves (and rotation) have increased to 23T/17L

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