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  1. #1
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    6 month post-surgery appointment

    I went to my surgeon, Dr. Herkowitz, yesterday for my 6 month post-surgery check up. He was pleased that my spinal fusion is close to solid, lifted all restrictions and said I don't need to come back for 6 months. My x-rays still look great too, no movement since surgery. The past 2 weeks I really feel like I turned the corner. I am feeling good! Such an awesome realization. I am staying part-time at work until first week of January. I still get sore and stiff muscles, but every few weeks there is a big improvement. I have no pain, just a stiffness. Those of you in the early stages of recovery, just know one day you are going to wake up and realize, you feel better.
    Excited to share a positive story!
    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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    Shari that great my fusion is almost close to be soild
    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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    Shari - Great news and great checkup! Congratulations! Looks like you did everything right during your recovery period!!
    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 Shari!
    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

  5. #5
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    Nice work, Shari

    I'm loving your website also. Thanks.
    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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    Glad to hear that all is going well

    Melissa

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    What great news Shari! You have been an inspiration to me. I can't WAIT to be 6 months post op. I'm only 5 weeks and find myself getting a bit impatient and I can't wait to get my independence back.

    Congrats to you on your excellent recovery! Happy Friday!

    Laurie
    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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