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    Feb 22 surgery!!! YES!!!

    I guess I could post this over in the revision section. . .a graduation, of sorts? I had my CTs this am, and saw the dr afterward. He sees 3 spots of non-union, all lower thoracic and lumbar. He said that the non-union at L-1/2 looks like bone actually broke. Anyway, back to the OR to give those 3 another go, this time using bmp instead of rib bone. He said that he would take the rods up no further than T-10 (or did he say T-7?). Also, he'll do an osteotomy at L-2 to (hopefully) help w/my posture. I said that I had so enjoyed wearing clothes after my first surgery, because there was hardly any rib hump - nothing like before. Now it's back. I told him that I'm a greedy girl: I want to feel good AND look good. He said that he would remember that when we go into the OR. THEN, he left and the scheduling person came in with her huge binder. She told me that he's now scheduling well into April. I said, "Oh, no!". . .and then she said, "Unless. . .I might be able to get you in one time earlier, since you're young and healthy, and don't need any dr exam or tests first. . .can you be ready for Feb 22, next Tues?" YES!!! So, unless there's some snafu, I'm on the schedule for a week from tomorrow! I go back tomorrow at 8am for my pre-op visit.
    For the past couple weeks, when I've read the title of Lilysaidwhat's thread, I always said to myself, "I wish I were having my surgery that soon". I got my wish!
    My hospital stay is expected to be 4 or 5 days. Sun, Feb 27 is my 50th birthday. I think I found a way to truly not be bothered the least little bit about hitting that landmark. . .on Sun, I'll be too miserable to give a hoot.

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    Good luck!! This doesn't give you time to "think" about the surgery. You will be "on the other side" before you know it. Wishing you well!!

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    mgs, I'm so glad you don't have to wait much longer! What great news! You sooo deserve this fix.
    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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    mgs--
    That's the way to do it! Right away without all the waiting. This is great. Congrats! Since I have seen my rib hump return quite a bit, I was wondering if they had a reason for why yours did. Was it due to the nonunion places? Best of luck to 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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    Best of luck to you. How nice to be able to get in and get it over with quickly.
    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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    Only one week! Better start packing. Hope everything goes smoothly for you. Will someone update us?
    Son 14 y/o diagnosed January 20th. 2011 with 110* Curve
    Halo Traction & 1st. surgery on March 22nd. 2011
    Spinal Fusion on April 19th. 2011

    Dr. Krajbich @ Shriners Childrens Hospital, Portland Oregon



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    Rib hump returns?

    Quote Originally Posted by Doodles View Post
    mgs--
    Since I have seen my rib hump return quite a bit, I was wondering if they had a reason for why yours did.
    Is this normal? I hate to think you went to one of the best surgeons in the nation, got "fixed," and then the "repairs" don't last. Are your curves coming back, too, or just the rib hump? Sorry that's happening!

    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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    Evelyn,
    I know Janet went to Dr. Lenke who also was my surgeon. I had a huge rib hump. He told me before surgery that he thought he could reduce it by 75%. I told Kelly the day before my surgery to tell Dr. Lenke that the cosmetic results were important to me because I currently didn't have much pain and could do anything physically that I wanted to do knowing that that would not be the case after surgery. I was kidding, but said, "Just tell him I don't care if he saws off a couple of ribs since I'm going to be in pain following surgergy anyway." I am now 6 weeks post surgery and have absolutely no rib hump. He did not perform a thoracoplasty, but just derotating and straightening the spine took care of it. I will be REALLY upset if my ribhump returns as Janet's did. I will ask about the likelyhood of that when I go for my check up on March 16th
    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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    Good Luck and I'll be thinking about you.I'm sur you'll do great . You have such a good attitude

    Donna
    51 yo
    dx 13 never braced
    DJD and osteoporosis ,Fx ribs 10/09(from osteo) downhill since,vertebral slippage w/ nerve damage and rotation
    Surgery 08/09/10 T1-S1 decomp,fusion w/ instrumentaion
    Sacral/pelvic fixation + 4 osteotomies and dura repair
    C 20 degrees to 4 degrees
    T 57 degrees to 15 degrees
    L 38 degrees to 5 degrees

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    Dr. Lenke said last April when I saw him that it had "popped out" some. There didn't seem to be much reason for it. I'm interested to see this April if it is moreso. I had a lot of rotation and maybe that's why it was the best they could do. When the x-rays look good I don't think they stress much about it--but I do. 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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    Evelyn

    They will get you fixed up this time for sure. Sometimes we have to do a few and pay our dues, but in the end it all works out just fine....

    Get er done
    Keep us posted
    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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    Maybe it's the oxycodones, but I'm starting to get confused on my own thread !!! about who's who.
    Let me know if I don't have it right:
    Doodles = Janet
    golfnut = Karen
    confusedmom = Evelyn
    mgs = Mary Ann (me!)

    I so much appreciate everyone's encouragement. I'm working at keeping anxiety at bay, and so far, I'm pretty good. A lot of credit for keeping me calm and optimistic goes to you, my forum friends. Invaluable!!!!

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    LOL that Oxy is powerful stuff! Even after your off. Duh

    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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    Mary Ann,

    Sorry--I think I hijacked and confused your thread a bit with the question about the rib hump. Just for clarification, I think it was Ti Ed who was confused--not you! Mgs is the one having a revision; I haven't worked up the courage for No. 1 yet, but it's coming...

    Anyway, Mary Ann, I hope your revision goes well. I hate to think you actually broke bone! Agh. You should feel better when they get you straightened out!!

    Janet, keep us posted on the rib hump developments. I have a lot of rotation, too, and losing that hump is about the only thing I'm looking forward to with surgery!

    ,
    Evelyn

    P.S. Does anyone know if it's possible to change your user name? I'm sick of being "Confused"!
    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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    WhooooHOoo!!! I'm so thrilled for you!!! I can't wait to hear how it goes, and I'm sure it will be GREAT!!
    __________________________________________
    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

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