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    i'm on the other side

    Hi! Just wanted to drop a line to say all went well and I'm @ home recuperating.dr lenke was pleased with outcome. Those of u still waiting my highest recommendation is having some stay with you. We paid for a private room. I was amazed how helpless I was in the beginning! Sure glad for hubby being there.thanks for all the support.
    Heidi
    35 year old mother of 2 lil girls
    60 degree thoracic
    44 degree lumbar
    Oct. 11, 2010 surgery
    Dr. Lenke St. Louis
    1 year follow up: 15 degree thoracic, 22 lumbar
    fused T1 to L1


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    Congrats!! Wishing you a speedy recovery.

    Dee
    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

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    Great news! Onward and upward.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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    Glad to hear! Wishing you a wonderful recovery!
    Sandie
    Fusion is scheduled for November 4, 2010
    T10 - S1

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    Heidi,
    Congratulations! I'm glad you're doing well. Dr. Lenke will be my surgeon, too. I have decided to pay for a private room, also. Thanks for the tip on needing someone with you. I want my husband to be two places at once-taking care of our two dogs 30 miles from the hospital and taking care of me in the hospital. I may have to pay for a private aide on nights he can't be with me.
    Best wishes for a smooth recovery.
    Karen

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    Heidi--
    Congratulations on your surgery! You are absolutely right about having someone with you. I hope you will have an uneventful recovery and let 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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    Quote Originally Posted by golfnut View Post
    Heidi,
    Congratulations! I'm glad you're doing well. Dr. Lenke will be my surgeon, too. I have decided to pay for a private room, also. Thanks for the tip on needing someone with you. I want my husband to be two places at once-taking care of our two dogs 30 miles from the hospital and taking care of me in the hospital. I may have to pay for a private aide on nights he can't be with me.
    Best wishes for a smooth recovery.
    Karen
    Karen,
    I think I would pay for someone to stay with the dogs so hubby could stay with you!
    Might be cheaper?
    May 2008 Fusion T4 - S1, Pre-op Curves T45, L70 (age 48). Unsuccessful surgery.

    March 18, 2010 (age 50). Revision with L3 Osteotomy, Replacement of hardware T11 - S1 , addition of bilateral pelvic fixation. Correction of sagittal imbalance and kyphosis.

    January 24, 2012 (age 52) Revision to repair pseudoarthrosis and 2 broken rods at L3/L4.

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    I agree! Having my hubby with me was tremendously helpful both physically and emotionally. We had to have my inlaws care for my birds for three weeks, and it was worth it.

    Congrats Heidi btw - great news that all went well!

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    So glad all went well for you. Rest and have a speedy recovery. I guess I am up next!
    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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    Heidi i'm really glad your surgery went well for you i hope your recovery goes well
    Last edited by kennedy; 10-19-2010 at 05:09 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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    Congratulations Heidi. So glad to have another one safe and sound on the other side. May your recovery be smooth!

    I didn't have anyone stay with me overnight. I didn't ask my partner, though I had a private room. I think it would have done his head in, with the lack of sleep and the stress of seeing me in pain. I didn't ask and he didn't offer! In fact, he didn't miss a day at work, and still visited me 110 ks away almost every day. For those who haven't anybody to stay with you, you will do just fine. Just know it's not a bad thing to press the buzzer, and press it again if nobody comes. Initially I was concerned about being a trying patient, but soon came to the conclusion that me: patient, nurses: paid to look after me! Most were very good.
    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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    Congrats on being on the other side and on recovery road. I agree about having someone with you those first couple of nights. I hired a nurse assistant in a semi private room. She's the one who found me earplugs becuase my roomie (who was very nice & fun to talk to) snored very loudly. It was just good to know someone was right there all the time. I wish you all the best.
    Debra
    Age 45
    Pre - surgery Thoracic 69, Lumbar 48
    Post-surgery Thoracic 37, Lumbar 39 (unfused)
    Fused T4-T12
    Milwaukee braced, 11 years old to 15 yo
    Surgery Sept. 1st, 2010 Dr. Boachie

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    Great to hear the good news! Hopefully you'll have a speedy recovery!
    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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    Congratulations, Heidi! Welcome home.

    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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    Way to go, Heidi!

    I like the way you just dropped in, had surgery, and posted soon after. A class act. I'll be dragging around forever, so I admire those who just get-er-done!
    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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