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    Before and Afters

    Hey everyone!

    Still mulling my decision over, but I'm closer and closer to deciding yes, and soon.

    My husband and I were looking through the posts today, as he is slowly wading into the idea that I am really going to do this, and he wanted to see what you all had to say about it. Can't say enough how helpful it is to have this place, and be able to show him the good, the bad and the ugly, instead of us just 'guessing' in isolation. Thanks for all the honesty. It's been a god-send.

    ANYWAY...he, like most people, is very visual. We went through every profile we could that had BEFORE AND AFTER photos and x-rays. I can't get over how helpful it was for him to see you all (inside and out, lol). He had never seen anyone with curves more progressed than mine, and it was also great to show him the amazing after results, along with the x-rays to show how exactly the rods and screws work. (We watched a video on you tube the other night that showed it in animation, but seeing the real deal, real people who can talk about it is WAY better).

    All this to say, it might be cool for all of you who have Befores and Afters to post them in this thread, so anyone searching for them could easily find this thread. It was kind of hard to find them but the ones we found are amazing, and like I said, SO HELPFUL.

    Just a suggestion, but I would really appreciate it and I'm sure other people in my shoes would love it too. (Maybe next year some time I'll be able to post mine!)

    Thanks again. You guys are AWESOME!
    Rebecca
    Age: 28
    Dx w/ scoli @ age 12 S curves T-40* L-42*
    wore night bending brace as teenager
    Curves changed to 50's plus or minus
    herniated disc L2-3, Discectomy October 2007
    fusion L2-3 November 2008
    Revision L2-3 Fusion, Removal of hardware August 2009
    Curves measuring 52 T&L September 2010
    Fused T4-L4, all posterior December 27th 2010
    gained almost two inches in height

    Before and After Exterior
    Before and After X-rays
    My blog: http://herscoliosisjourney.blogspot.com/

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    Hi - I know I should put mine on the forum here, but I had trouble doing that.
    Feel free to look at my blog as it has photos and xrays, before and after.
    Also, if you go to blog archive and read through April 2010 you can read about the surgery experience from my husband's perspective.
    God bless and good luck!
    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, I've been meaning to email you about your great blog! I have been reading it, and I actually showed my husband your pics today. =) Very helpful!!

    THANKS for taking the time to do that. It really helps someone like me who is trying to decide.
    Rebecca
    Age: 28
    Dx w/ scoli @ age 12 S curves T-40* L-42*
    wore night bending brace as teenager
    Curves changed to 50's plus or minus
    herniated disc L2-3, Discectomy October 2007
    fusion L2-3 November 2008
    Revision L2-3 Fusion, Removal of hardware August 2009
    Curves measuring 52 T&L September 2010
    Fused T4-L4, all posterior December 27th 2010
    gained almost two inches in height

    Before and After Exterior
    Before and After X-rays
    My blog: http://herscoliosisjourney.blogspot.com/

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    I would love to see some before and after pics!

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    I'm not sure if you specifically want adult radiographs or radiographs of before and after double major curves like you have but the first post in this thread has before and after for my twin girls. They are 57* (kid 2) and 58* (kid 1) thoracic curves on the table. The 57* was reduced to a small but measurable scoliosis (i.e., >10*) and the 58* was reduced to not measurable.

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showthread.php?t=11316

    If you want to see a truly amazing before/after, I suggest the link in this woman's signature file to her daughter's radiograghs...

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/member.php?u=4135

    Click the "About me" tab for the signature. It's Lenke's work of course.

    Good luck.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

    No island of sanity.

    Question: What do you call alternative medicine that works?
    Answer: Medicine


    "We are all African."

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    thanks pooka!

    your daughter's films are great! i was just thinking anyone, who had ANY kind of before/after films/photos. that way they would all be in ONE place for everyone to find. I've read a lot of your posts, and hope your daughters continue to do well.
    Rebecca
    Age: 28
    Dx w/ scoli @ age 12 S curves T-40* L-42*
    wore night bending brace as teenager
    Curves changed to 50's plus or minus
    herniated disc L2-3, Discectomy October 2007
    fusion L2-3 November 2008
    Revision L2-3 Fusion, Removal of hardware August 2009
    Curves measuring 52 T&L September 2010
    Fused T4-L4, all posterior December 27th 2010
    gained almost two inches in height

    Before and After Exterior
    Before and After X-rays
    My blog: http://herscoliosisjourney.blogspot.com/

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    Here are my afters. My before's are buried deep here at NSF never to be found. LOL

    I had another Doctor compliment me with the words "nice rack". Guys dont normally here these words, I was speechless. I wondered if I should slap him?

    They are digitals, so if anyone wants to "zoom in" on my rack, I think it would be ok.
    Ed
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    Last edited by titaniumed; 11-14-2010 at 07:44 PM.
    49 yr old male, now 60, the new 55...
    Pre surgery curves C12,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

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    That IS a nice rack Ed. *slap*

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    Quote Originally Posted by peachrush7 View Post
    thanks pooka!

    your daughter's films are great! i was just thinking anyone, who had ANY kind of before/after films/photos. that way they would all be in ONE place for everyone to find. I've read a lot of your posts, and hope your daughters continue to do well.
    Thanks peachrush. We are more than a year out from the second op and both girls appear to have moved on in every possible way. I say "appear" only because I am not in their heads but they certainly never mention it or any back pain or any shame over their scars or whatever. It's behind them figuratively and literally. This surgery for my kids is the best thing that has ever happened in my life.

    Oh you should also check out Ti Ed's before/after. Those are mind blowing also.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

    No island of sanity.

    Question: What do you call alternative medicine that works?
    Answer: Medicine


    "We are all African."

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    Oh I see Ti Ed posted while I was posting. Excellent!
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

    No island of sanity.

    Question: What do you call alternative medicine that works?
    Answer: Medicine


    "We are all African."

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    holy huge screws! yikes those are scary! but they do the trick... I showed my husband your awesome twisting photos today, so he could see that I wouldn't be a robot. it definitely made him feel a lot better. but i don't think i'll show him that last picture...it may confirm his worst fears lol...
    Rebecca
    Age: 28
    Dx w/ scoli @ age 12 S curves T-40* L-42*
    wore night bending brace as teenager
    Curves changed to 50's plus or minus
    herniated disc L2-3, Discectomy October 2007
    fusion L2-3 November 2008
    Revision L2-3 Fusion, Removal of hardware August 2009
    Curves measuring 52 T&L September 2010
    Fused T4-L4, all posterior December 27th 2010
    gained almost two inches in height

    Before and After Exterior
    Before and After X-rays
    My blog: http://herscoliosisjourney.blogspot.com/

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    Pooka, those before and after pics are amazing. Wow, to not only have one kid with scolio but twins! How old are the girls btw?

    Oh, speaking of girls, I have one sandwiched in between two boys and let me tell you she is a handful. Love her to pieces and actually always had this dream of having two or maybe three little girls but ended up having two boys and one girl and boy oh boy am I ever glad I didn't get what I wished for, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elisa View Post
    Pooka, those before and after pics are amazing. Wow, to not only have one kid with scolio but twins! How old are the girls btw?
    They just turned 16 a few days ago. So that's 32 in parent years. I changed my sig file.

    Oh, speaking of girls, I have one sandwiched in between two boys and let me tell you she is a handful. Love her to pieces and actually always had this dream of having two or maybe three little girls but ended up having two boys and one girl and boy oh boy am I ever glad I didn't get what I wished for, lol.
    LOL. Good one. With three you probably have passed me in parent years.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

    No island of sanity.

    Question: What do you call alternative medicine that works?
    Answer: Medicine


    "We are all African."

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    Interestingly enough my boys are very gentle and sweet, easygoing and never really a day of trouble. My daughter has been a PITA on many occasions since a tween and could never be considered sweet, heh. She's a wonderful girl though even though she can be really moody and downright miserable and confrontational... hey, there's only room for one of those in the house and that's moi.

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    Here are mine:

    cbg_xray3.JPG

    aftersurgery.jpg

    The "after" picture is backwards, but you get the idea!
    Chris
    A/P fusion on June 19, 2007 at age 52; T10-L5
    Pre-op thoracolumbar curve: 70 degrees
    Post-op curve: 12 degrees
    Dr. Boachie-adjei, HSS, New York

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