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    My Scoliosis Surgery Article

    Hey all, I haven't been posting much recently so I appologize for that...I've been getting back into the swing of things post surgery. Anyway, for those that are considering surgery or have surgery planned, I thought you might like to read an article about my procedure and how well its turned out for me. My doc wrote an article about my procedure and recovery in a Spinal Research Foundation journal this fall. The article about me starts on page 16....click here to read the article. It's a big PDF document, so it may take a while to download.

    And yes, I know my doc looks like he is 16! :-)

    Rich
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar 65 degrees
    A/P Fusion T10-Pelvis by Dr. Christopher Good
    Virginia Spine Institute, Reston, VA 3/17/10, 3/18/10
    Post-Surgery Lumbar 19 degrees, and 2" in height

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    Great article!

    Hey Richard!

    Great article! You're page 19 when I checked it out..

    Love reading people's stories about scoliosis!

    Thanks for sharing.
    lisanicolegrace
    29/F/Canada
    Surgery - 11/10/2000
    80° curve to 19° post op.
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    Fantastic! It's so good to hear you doing so well. I can't believe Dr. Good is old enough to be performing such miraculous surgery.
    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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    Glad to hear that you are doing so well. Wonderful story of a doctor listening to his patient. Your doctor looks like he is in high school.

    Melissa

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    Rich,
    Very nice article to have! I would frame it!

    How do you feel now? How are you doing with the fatigue? I ask because I battled fatigue and had to take afternoon naps for quite some time, about 18 months.

    I wonder how much difference (in recovery time) there would have been if I would have had my surgeries 10 years earlier...Hmmm....
    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 61, the new 61...
    Pre surgery curves 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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    Excellent article.

    Heckuva correction you got there. Masterful.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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    Rich,
    What a nice article! Thanks for sharing.
    Dr. Lenke doesn't brace his patients after surgery, either. Good luck with golf this summer. I'll be working on my short game!
    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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    Thanks for the kind words everyone....Dr. Good kinda worried me too when I first met him, he's so darn young looking. But given that he had studied under Lenke and assists him on surgeries from time to time I felt comfortable with him and he has a great bedside manner.

    Anyway...Ed, as far as fatigue, I'm really not having much of a problem with that...haven't really been that tired since around month 6. The biggest "problem" I still have is mild pain/discomfort in my pelvic region. I'm figuring its due to the screws there, but its a bit annoying at times. Otherwise, I'm feeling pretty good. :-)

    Nitram
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar 65 degrees
    A/P Fusion T10-Pelvis by Dr. Christopher Good
    Virginia Spine Institute, Reston, VA 3/17/10, 3/18/10
    Post-Surgery Lumbar 19 degrees, and 2" in height

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    Quote Originally Posted by titanium ed View Post
    Rich,
    Very nice article to have! I would frame it!

    How do you feel now? How are you doing with the fatigue? I ask because I battled fatigue and had to take afternoon naps for quite some time, about 18 months.

    I wonder how much difference (in recovery time) there would have been if I would have had my surgeries 10 years earlier...Hmmm....
    Ed
    I am still fatigued and I am glad to know that others were too at this point in my post op.I just do not know to figure out what it is from; is it the surgery or is it my fibromyalgia or is it my diabetes or is the newest pain pill I am on

    That is my question

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    Well, happy New year everyone! When the movie 2010 came out in 1985, it seemed so futuristic and so far away....Now, we are past that point.

    Melissa

    I battled fatigue for about 2 years....I would attribute this to all the changes happening in he body. Your brain tells you its time for a pit stop! Boy, do I miss those afternoon naps!
    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 61, the new 61...
    Pre surgery curves 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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    Ed,
    That makes me feel better. I won't be 2 years until the end of March, and if I could I'd try to lie down and at least read every single day. I usually don't sleep but a few minutes but I still just want to get flat. I keep trying to break myself of this and doing it less--deciding I've just gotten terribly lazy. 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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    Janet

    I didn’t want to go skiing yesterday, but I went. Breaking the fatigue issues means getting out there and going for it. In other words, “Do it!”

    This was yesterday at Donner ski ranch, Norden, Ca.
    Ed
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    49 yr old male, now 61, the new 61...
    Pre surgery curves 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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    oh my gosh, Ed

    that much snow makes me long for a soft couch, a good TV movie, and some hot chocolate...

    all hail those who defy the elements...
    it takes a brave soul!


    jess
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    Hey, that looks great! Beautiful picture. But I think I'll leave the skiing part to you. I'll work on hauling around grandbabies and all my usual exercise. 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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    Rich,

    Thanks for posting this article. I'm printing it out and am going to show it to my family. It's a good summary of what is done for people who aren't family with it. Congrats on your awesome recovery!

    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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