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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Northern California

    My Turn


    I haven't made a big deal about this, but thought it was finally time to let y'all know that I'm headed in for more surgery. (My original fusion was almost 19 years ago.) My date is 1/20. Drs. Berven and Hu, along with a vascular surgeon, will be performing anterior surgery (ALIFs at L4-L5 and L5-S1), to restore lordosis, and posterior surgery L2-S1 with pelvic fixation. They'll be cutting off the bottom of my rods at L2 to attach the new implants to the old ones. If everything goes OK, I should be out of the hospital in 4-5 days.

    Since I have Jess' email address, I'll add her to my notification list, and she can post updates here. I don't plan on beating John's record of posting from the recovery room, but can hopefully post an update on Friday or Saturday.

    I hope everyone will behave themselves while I'm out of commission. If not, Joe O'Brien will hopefully be watching out for issues.

    Never argue with an idiot. They always drag you down to their level, and then they beat you with experience. --Dilbert
    I'm sarcastic... what's your super power? --Unknown
    Surgery 2/10/93 A/P fusion T4-L3
    Surgery 1/20/11 A/P fusion L2-sacrum w/pelvic fixation
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2008

    Good Luck Linda!

    Good luck Linda! You'll be a star.

    I'll look forward to when you are back with us on the group.

    Thanks in advance to Jess for relaying news.

    Best regards,
    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."

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Geneseo, NY
    Linda, thanks so much for all the first-hand info you share with us. You know you are in good hands.
    1966 fusion in Buffalo of 11 thoracic vertebrae, with Harrington rod

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Best wishes on a speedy recovery, Linda.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
    Best wishes for a successful surgery and smooth recovery. Thinking of you on the 20th!
    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

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Ames, Iowa
    Best wishes to you. I don't normally come on this one but glad I did. We will certainly be thinking of you and praying for a great result! We will miss your expertise until you are back in form. 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.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    New Bern, NC
    You will be in my thoughts and prayers (can I say prayers here or am I misbehaving?) Haha! I hope you have a successful surgery and a speedy and almost painless recovery.
    Why don't the little emoticoms on the side work anymore? The little smiley face, etc.?
    Diagnosed with severe lumbar scoliosis at age 65.
    Posterior Fusion L2-S1 on 12/4/2007. age 67
    Anterior Fusion L3-L4,L4-L5,L5-S1 on 12/19/2007
    Additional bone removed to decompress right side of L3-L4 & L4-L5 on 4/19/2010
    New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA
    Dr. Frank F.

    "In God We Trust" Happy moments, praise God. Difficult moments, seek God. Quiet moments, worship God. Painful moments, trust God. Every moment, thank God.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Ukiah CA
    linda best of luck with your surgery You're in excellent hands.
    Brace 4-15-05-5-25-06
    Posterior Spinal Fusion 3-10-10
    Before 50T
    After 20T

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