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Thread: Why I didn't fuse, and what the new plan is

  1. #16
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Huxley, Iowa
    Janet- How neat is that? I knew it would be a good day for it! Perhaps we can meet up again for coffee before the surgery, goodness knows its nice to get out sometimes!

    Elisa- They want to examine the area posteriorly first and replace the rods, then they will stabilize further from the front. And actually, its not a true anterior, its an anterior/lateral approach. Because of all of the non-unions the surgeon wants to "get in there" and determine why the rods keep failing and the non-unions keep occurring. They need to go in from the back to determine if the tethered cord has something to do with it, see if there is an underlying infection, or if it really is simply that my old surgeon did not prepare the area fully. There is a huge possibility that there is more than one cause for the non-unions, so they want to identify that first. He said that what is going on in the back will determine what they need to do in the front.
    25 years old
    double 70+ degree curves before surgery
    Anterior on 11/11/08
    Posterior on 12/2/08 with titanium rods
    nearly perfect correction
    fused t-10 to pelvis
    with a hemi-vertebral osteotomy at L4

    Broke right rod at L4-L5 on 06/26/09
    Broke left rod on 10/24/09
    Revision surgery on 11/5/09 with vitallium rods
    Broke both rods again

    Had posterior than anterior revisions on 03/11 at the Twin Cities Spine Center
    Declared "FUSED" on 12/6/11

  2. #17
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Central NJ

    I'm with Janet. I've just got this good feeling about your surgery this time! I'm so glad that it's just around the corner.
    Debbe - 50 yrs old

    Milwalkee Brace 1976 - 79
    Told by Dr. my curve would never progress

    Surgery 10/15/08 in NYC by Dr. Michael Neuwirth
    Pre-Surgury Thorasic: 66 degrees
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 66 degrees

    Post-Surgery Thorasic: 34 degrees
    Post-Surgery Lumbar: 22 degrees

  3. #18
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    You are in my prayers

  4. #19
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
    Great news! All the best for 100% success.
    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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