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Thread: Made it to the other side!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Phoenix, AZ

    Made it to the other side!

    Just wanted to let you know that 3 weeks later I am on my way to reocvery! The dr says aside from trying to do too much my healing is going great! My curve is almost straight! Sterry strips came off yesterday and the scarig looks great! Still don't have a lot of energy but it will come in time. Thank you all for your wonderful thoughts and prayers!
    Fusion is scheduled for November 4, 2010
    T10 - S1

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Sacramento, CA area
    Congrats Sandie with feeling pretty good only 3 weeks out! Your energy will return a little each day. How's your appetite? Take care and stay positive!
    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

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
    It's great to hear your news Sandie! Another one safely over to *this* side.

    Take it easy, listen to your doctor, rest, sleep, walk and eat, is the best thing for you at this stage.

    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

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    So glad to hear you are doing so well. Wishing you a smooth and speedy recovery!!
    Chris, Austin, TX
    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

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Congratulations, Sandie! wonderful news...
    wish you an uneventful and fast recovery...
    and a happy Thanksgiving...hope you can eat a little turkey...


  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Austin, TX
    Way to go, Sandie!
    Take it easy on yourself, take LOTS OF NAPS! I know how hard it is to NOT do stuff -- frustrating, too. I hate not being able to drive!
    Asking people to do things for you takes some getting used to, but I found out that people area ready and willing to jump in and help, from family to neighbors to my son's friends' parents. It's been amazing!
    I can even get my son to pick up his own socks, and mine too! It's a miracle.

    Hope all goes well for you from here on in; have a great Thanksgiving!
    Juliet, age 57
    37˚ lumbar and 35˚ thoracic with rotation
    Diagnosed at age 11 and untreated.
    Total degeneration of disc at L4-5, spondylolisthesis at L4, L5 sacralized.
    Surgery on 10/26/10
    Dr. Matthew Geck, Seton Spine & Scoliosis, Center, Austin, TX.
    University Medical Center @ Brackenridge Hospital.
    Posterior fusion of T11-S1, part minimally invasive; TLIF at L4-5.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Ames, Iowa
    Congrats Sandie! Take it slow and easy and wishing you an uneventful, even recovery! 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.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Sandie - That's great! Keep up the great 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

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Ukiah CA
    Congrats Sandie with feeling pretty good only 3 weeks out! a noter one safe of the orther side
    Brace 4-15-05-5-25-06
    Posterior Spinal Fusion 3-10-10
    Before 50T
    After 20T

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Waterloo, IL
    Congratulations, Sandie. You're doing terrific. My surgery was originally scheduled for Nov. 3. I wish I was where you are now with the surgery behind you and on the way to getting better every day. Keep us posted on your progress.

    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.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Congrat! Hope you have a smooth recovery. By the way, just wondering did you donate blood and did you need the transfusion? If so, how many units?

    Happy Thanksgiving!! Gable Gable!
    62/75 (T4-T9 68 degree & T11 - L4 80 degree) 10/19/2010
    45/50 year 2000
    36 yrs old
    Considering, researching surgery for the first time
    S. California

  12. #12
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Adelaide, Australia
    That's an awesome report Sandie. Best wishes of a continued smooth and uncomplicated recovery.
    44 years young! now 45
    Surgery - June 1st, 2009
    Dr David Hall - Adelaide Spine Clinic
    St. Andrews Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia
    Pre-op curve - 58 degree lumbar
    Post -op - 5 degrees
    T11 - S1 Posterior
    L4/5 - L5/S1 Anterior Fusion

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