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    Update on LaurieAnne

    Hello All -

    I have been a silent member of this forum since June mainly because I am petrified about the whole idea of surgery. That being said the experiences you all have shared have continued to strenghten me so thanks to all.

    I just wanted to give a quick update on LaurieAnne. She wants me to let you all know that she has done very well so far. She does not have access to the internet so she probably will not be able to post in person till she gets home.

    Best
    GOE

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    LaurieAnne
    great job now your on the road to recovery
    Kara
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    Brace 4-15-05-5-25-06
    Posterior Spinal Fusion 3-10-10
    T4-L2
    Before 50T
    After 20T

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    I've been wondering how she was doing. Thanks for this. Let her know we're all thinking of her and glad to know she's doing well! 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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    Thanks GOE! Don't worry, we were all petrified of surgery (well most of us anyway!) I used a mild anti-anxiety med and it helped tremendously. Stopped taking them the day I had surgery and never needed them since.

    It's good to know Laurie is doing well, thanks for letting us know. Please tell her we are all thinking of her and wishing her a smooth road through recovery.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by GOE View Post
    Hello All -

    I have been a silent member of this forum since June mainly because I am petrified about the whole idea of surgery. That being said the experiences you all have shared have continued to strenghten me so thanks to all.

    I just wanted to give a quick update on LaurieAnne. She wants me to let you all know that she has done very well so far. She does not have access to the internet so she probably will not be able to post in person till she gets home.

    Best
    GOE

    First of all thank you ALL for your many thoughts prayers and well wishes! It was a long surgery (a little over 8 hours ) and feel like I got ran over by a mac truck but it will be worth it. Everything aches and probably will for awhile just be sure to to stay on top of your med doses. I have gained a little over 3 inches in height!!!! I now stand a little over 5'9. My curves were reduced from 68 thoracic to 0 thoracic and 86 lumbar to 15 degree lumbar ~ Talk about a miracle. GOD IS SO GOOD!! I find it most challenging to sleep as it gets so uncomfortable but everyday it gets better and I am finally SCOLIOSIS FREE!
    Laurie Anne
    Age 30
    Pre-Op Curves T68, L80, Kyphosis 48 degrees
    Post-Op Curves both around 10 degrees
    Surgery with Dr. Lenke & Dr. Kelly 12/13/10
    Gained 2.5 inches now 5'9
    PRE-OP Photos: http://s1080.photobucket.com/albums/...urieScoliosis/
    5 Mos Post Op: http://s1080.photobucket.com/albums/...s%20Post%20Op/
    1-Year Post Op: http://s1080.photobucket.com/albums/...r%20Post%20Op/

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    Laurie Anne--What a great correction! Congrats. This sounds like a wonderful Christmas gift for you! 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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    wow LaurieAnne that is SO awesome!!! what a blessing to have such a great correction. and it never hurts to be a little taller!

    hope your recovery goes smoothly, and you're able to get more sleep as the days go by.

    blessings!
    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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    Laurie,
    I'm sure you are having some tough days, but,wow, what a good correction. You will be so proud of your new figure. If you have any last minute suggestions for me since I will be with the same nursing staff, that would be great. I have lots of confidence in Dr. Lenke, but not much for the nursing staff, based on what I have heard.
    Karen

    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.
    http://s1119.photobucket.com/albums/k630/pottoff2/

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    Laurie Anne

    Thatís an incredible correction! Would love to see the before and after x-rays at some point. Try to hang through this difficult period, you will do just fine.....
    Ed
    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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    Laurie Anne,

    That is amazing!!! I'm so happy for you. Hope you have a smooth and speed recovery. Would love to see the after X ray and the pic on your back when you get a chance to post it! Hugs!!!! Happy new year!!!

    What corrections did Dr. Lenke think would be able to achieve before the surgery? This is true amazing w/ 0 degree on your Thoracic and 15 degrees on your lumber!

    Did you donate your own blood? Did you need the transfusion? Is it just posterior or both anterior and pasterior? What level is your fusion? is there any hip fixation?
    Last edited by fashionista; 01-03-2011 at 09:46 PM.
    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
    http://s1210.photobucket.com/albums/...ashionista889/

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    What a great correction!

    Hope that you will feeling much better real soon

    Melissa

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    3 Weeks Post-Op!!!!

    I have to apologize for not posting in such a long time. I've been so wiped out because the week I came home from the hospital family came in from out of town to visit and then everyone got the flu so I was in bed for 3 days straight taking antinausea meds around the clock so as not to throw up...sooo not a fun way to spend the holidays, but there will be more So I just took post op pics this morning and will try to get them posted tonight.

    As far as Dr. Lenke's predicted correction, he said he likes to underestimate the correction so if it's better than he predicts patients are even more ecstatic. He said he could get my curves down to around 20 degrees and the reality is they are both around like 10 (I must have been under the influence of the pain meds when I heard zero). He said he couldn't make the curves zero or my clavicle and shoulders wouldn't be even.

    I was not allowed to donate my own blood prior to surgery as Lenke believes that it weakens your body and leaves you more susceptible to infection. My family donated and Lenke thought I would need 4 units but turns out I only needed 1 unit!!

    I am fused from T-4 to L-4 no pelvic fixation. I am truly amazed at the outcome. I grew nearly 3 inches! The pain was managed pretty well but much better once I got home. When at the hospital, the nurses are great but they are understaffed so my meds were always late and then it was hard to get the pain back under control. My advice is to have someone stay with you at the hospital to keep track of when you are due for more and take it about 15-30 mins before it's due.

    My pain is very minimal now and I am off the percoset and starting to wean off the oxycotin. I am trying to walk more. I still have some numbness down my incision and some on my hips but it gets better everyday!

    Thanks again for all your thoughts and prayers and please email me with any questions or if you'd like to chat! Take care!
    Laurie Anne
    Age 30
    Pre-Op Curves T68, L80, Kyphosis 48 degrees
    Post-Op Curves both around 10 degrees
    Surgery with Dr. Lenke & Dr. Kelly 12/13/10
    Gained 2.5 inches now 5'9
    PRE-OP Photos: http://s1080.photobucket.com/albums/...urieScoliosis/
    5 Mos Post Op: http://s1080.photobucket.com/albums/...s%20Post%20Op/
    1-Year Post Op: http://s1080.photobucket.com/albums/...r%20Post%20Op/

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