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    Six Month Post Op Checkup

    Hi all. I've been busy and haven't been on for awhile but I got back this evening from St Louis after having my 6 month check up. The X-rays looked good and everything seems to be holding well and it looks like I'm fusing. After meeting with Dr Bridwell I met with Janet, the physical therapist, and she went over exercises I can now start doing other than my 3 mile walks. (yeah!) Everything seems to be going as planned and Golfnut..... If you're reading this... I can now (as soon as the weather improves) start chipping and putting as long as I stand up straight. (Dr B said that I may need to get a longer putter) and I can't use anything longer than a 7 iron right now. I should be able to do a full swing after a year. (Aug 31) I had a very nice dinner last night with 2 of Dr Bridwell's patients; one is a lady I met through this forum and she is having surgery tomorrow, and the other lady had surgery 8 years ago and is still doing great! So it was a very positive 2 days in St Louis!
    Age 56
    Wore a Milwaukee Brace for 3 years in hs
    Fused L4-S1 for high grade spondylolisthesis Jan '09 in Indy
    Thoracic 68
    Surgery Aug 31, 2010 T3 to L1
    Dr Bridwell St Louis
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...1&d=1289881696

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    wow! what a great post! glad you're doing so well and are able to start getting back to things you love doing. It's so encouraging to me being only 9 weeks post-op to see how much better it gets down the road. Hope you continue to have great success!
    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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    Great, Lisa! Glad to hear it is continuing to go well.

    My St. Louis appointment got moved up to March 16th. I'll let you know how it goes.

    ,
    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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    Lisa,
    I am glad you got such a good report! I am hoping to chip and putt by June or July. Meanwhile, I am walking several holes while my friends play.
    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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    Evelyn,
    I also will be seeing Dr. Lenke on the 16th. My appointment was just changed to 7:00am. When is your appointment? I'd love to meet you.
    Karen

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    Peachrush7 - thanks! Sounds like you're doing well for only 9 weeks out. Hang in there! It gets better all the time and it's good to know that you can get back to normal eventually.

    Evelyn- let's get Kristie and get together for lunch after your appointment!

    Karen - Keep walking! It helps!
    Age 56
    Wore a Milwaukee Brace for 3 years in hs
    Fused L4-S1 for high grade spondylolisthesis Jan '09 in Indy
    Thoracic 68
    Surgery Aug 31, 2010 T3 to L1
    Dr Bridwell St Louis
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...1&d=1289881696

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    Quote Originally Posted by LisaB View Post
    Peachrush7 - thanks! Sounds like you're doing well for only 9 weeks out. Hang in there! It gets better all the time and it's good to know that you can get back to normal eventually.

    Evelyn- let's get Kristie and get together for lunch after your appointment!

    Karen - Keep walking! It helps!
    Lisa
    So glad you are doing so well! I'm glad you can slowly get back to your golf game ;-)
    Evelyn, good luck at your appt on the 16th, I'll keep my fingers crossed.
    May 2008 Fusion T4 - S1, Pre-op Curves T45, L70 (age 48). Unsuccessful surgery.

    March 18, 2010 (age 50). Revision with L3 Osteotomy, Replacement of hardware T11 - S1 , addition of bilateral pelvic fixation. Correction of sagittal imbalance and kyphosis.

    January 24, 2012 (age 52) Revision to repair pseudoarthrosis and 2 broken rods at L3/L4.

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