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    2 month post op xrays and pics...

    Well, here they are! I am very happy with my outcome. It doesn't even look like I have scoliosis, even with two, 35 degree curves left in there! Hard to believe I had 70 degree curves. Because my bones are so dense, (lots of weight lifting over the years) she was able to use smaller pelvic fixation screws. Because of the smaller size, they don't extend across my SI joint. Apparently, that joint can still move after fixation, and can cause pain and issues. I have been so fortunate throughout this whole ordeal! All my outcomes have been better than expected, or I have been able to take the lesser of two evils. I sure feel for you guys with complications. It is hard enough to deal with scoliosis, surgery and recovery without them...
    I am so glad to be driving. There is something about being confined to the house without transportation-it's a trapped feeling. Even if I don't go anywhere, just the fact that I CAN is so liberating. I get to start therapy soon- about 4 more weeks, and I plan on swimming, too. I will also be out of my brace at that time. I wasn't very thrilled about wearing a brace, but have actually been thankful for the reminder to NOT do some things I may have done without it. A couple nights ago, I had taken it off to go to bed, and was brushing my teeth. I bent over to rinse out my mouth and get water from the faucet. It was definitely an "oh crap" moment-what did I just do??? What was most amazing is the fact that I was actually doing it. The brace has also helped support my back when I have been tired and had to be out for long hours to go to town.
    For those of you worrying about flexibility afterwards, it is nothing like I imagined. It is so much less confining than I thought it would be. I am not lifting or twisting, and even so early, I haven't found anything I can't do. Sometimes slower, or sometimes with a little body adjustment, but I am still amazed at how much better I am than I truly feared I would be. We tend to dwell on our worries and they get blown out of proportion. Mine was all for nothing... I can't wait to see how it is when my fusion is complete and I won't have to worry about accidently twisting or bending.

    Here are some before and after xrays and pics. They were just papers that were run off for me, and I took pics of those to post, so they are a little fuzzy...

    post op anterior.jpg
    post op side view.jpg
    lumbar curve.jpg
    Before surgery.jpg
    After surgery.jpg
    Jenee'-52
    Bend, Oregon

    Braced 3 years in high school
    Lumbar 70'+ Thoracic 70'+
    I had 3" shrinkage in 6 months...

    Surgery Jan 10, 2011
    9 hours
    T3 to S1 with pelvic fixation
    Both curves now 35'

    Possible revison for Flatback Syndrome
    Non-fusion
    Loose/broken hardware-awaiting CT results

    Here is the link to my before and after pics..
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt......&highlight=

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    Congratulations!

    What an amazing recovery you have had, thus far! You give me great hope. My fusion is set for the same levels that you had done, and I am very worried about flexibility. Thank you for your post, it helped a lot. I hope you continue with an uneventful recovery! Regards, Lori
    Lori in PA, 52 yrs. old
    T54/L72
    Surgery 6/7/11, T3-S1, all posterior, with pelvic anchors
    Gained 2 inches!
    Dr. Boachie, HSS, NYC
    12/10/13 Hardware Removal for infection
    Lost 2", gained PJK!

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    Those pictures are soooooo gorgeous, I am happy for you and kinda jealous too...you know? I wish I was where you are. I really think your positive outlook has a LOT to do with your great success and fantastic recovery...keep it up and you'll be 100% before you know it!! Congratulations and God bless Jenee'..... Xoxoxo
    Cathy
    2 sons, one Syracuse University graduate (working for the Mets now), one college sophomore, one great husband and two fabulous cats
    54 years old March 5
    AIS 45 degrees Thoracic at 14, Milwaukee brace for one year in 1977 then in 2012 I found Dr. Baron Lonner ❤️
    Surgery April 8 2015
    Presurgical curves T77 L66
    Post surgical T27 L22
    Fused T3-S1 pelvic fixation, osteotomies and all the other stuff but you know what? It's done...

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    Lori and Cathy- our curves are almost the same, similar/same fusion levels, our ages almost the same, worries the same!!! So I have no doubt that your outcomes will also be the same. I believe 100% that attitude and thankfulness for what I DO have is more than half the battle. I could be jealous of the younger set with their huge corrections, and wish I had more than 50% correction, but why?? I am ecstatic for what WAS accomplished. Especially for my age. I feel so much better than I have in years. Perfect? No. But darn near. I will never be 20 years old with a healthy back, so why would I expect that? I am a realist. It never pans out to be greedy or ungrateful. Karma, baby!!! It was the coolest feeling in the world yesterday when my doc and I hugged, I thanked her for fixing me, and she had tears in her eyes. Pretty powerful stuff... She has been wanting to send people to me to help them and give them some insight. I wholeheartedly agreed, so now she is helping me set up a support group through the hospital. I am so dang excited to get it started.
    Lori, I really did fret over flexibility for years. Try not to worry too much. I know-easier said than done! People told me the same thing, and I still worried. It is human nature. It is what it is, and you will be surprised at what a huge improvement you will have. Sometimes the road to recovery is longer for some than others, but most of us make it to a good place, eventually. Cathy, you will be here before you know it. It's a bummer you had to put it off, but things happen for a reason. Tackle that new school, and kick some butt!! You are so much like me in attitude and spunk-you will do great!!
    Jenee'-52
    Bend, Oregon

    Braced 3 years in high school
    Lumbar 70'+ Thoracic 70'+
    I had 3" shrinkage in 6 months...

    Surgery Jan 10, 2011
    9 hours
    T3 to S1 with pelvic fixation
    Both curves now 35'

    Possible revison for Flatback Syndrome
    Non-fusion
    Loose/broken hardware-awaiting CT results

    Here is the link to my before and after pics..
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt......&highlight=

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    Jenee, your new back is beautiful!!!
    I'm glad that your recovery has gone well, and that you can drive again. Little by little, you'll have your life back, only better!!
    Fused T-3 to L-3, Aug 25
    Hardware removal surgery, Nov 2, 2010
    Fused T-10 to L-2, osteotomy, Feb 22, 2011

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    Jenee

    You have done well! And have you noticed that cell phone reception has improved? Another full fusion benefit! LOL

    Now if there was some way we could suck on a USB and get free Wi-fi, that would be great!
    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 58, the new 53...
    Pre surgery curves C12,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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    Jenee - Great that your doing so well and your back looks great!
    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 mgs View Post
    Jenee, your new back is beautiful!!!
    I'm glad that your recovery has gone well, and that you can drive again. Little by little, you'll have your life back, only better!!
    More importantly, how are YOU doing? You aren't very far along... I sure hope this go 'round has solved the problem!
    Jenee'-52
    Bend, Oregon

    Braced 3 years in high school
    Lumbar 70'+ Thoracic 70'+
    I had 3" shrinkage in 6 months...

    Surgery Jan 10, 2011
    9 hours
    T3 to S1 with pelvic fixation
    Both curves now 35'

    Possible revison for Flatback Syndrome
    Non-fusion
    Loose/broken hardware-awaiting CT results

    Here is the link to my before and after pics..
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt......&highlight=

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    Quote Originally Posted by titaniumed View Post
    Jenee

    You have done well! And have you noticed that cell phone reception has improved? Another full fusion benefit! LOL

    Now if there was some way we could suck on a USB and get free Wi-fi, that would be great!
    Ed
    I didn't think to ask...
    You would think with all this modern technology and a quarter million dollars in doctor and hospital bills, I could have had one implanted, dontcha think???
    Jenee'-52
    Bend, Oregon

    Braced 3 years in high school
    Lumbar 70'+ Thoracic 70'+
    I had 3" shrinkage in 6 months...

    Surgery Jan 10, 2011
    9 hours
    T3 to S1 with pelvic fixation
    Both curves now 35'

    Possible revison for Flatback Syndrome
    Non-fusion
    Loose/broken hardware-awaiting CT results

    Here is the link to my before and after pics..
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt......&highlight=

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    Hi Jenee`, it's great to hear you doing so well. Your back looks amazing. Your fusion is the same as mine yet there's always that shock to see such a long incision, especially early after surgery, but what a difference it has made to your back. You'd think you were totally straight inside. You must be so happy!
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by jeneemohler View Post
    More importantly, how are YOU doing? You aren't very far along... I sure hope this go 'round has solved the problem!
    I'm not so sure about "More importantly. . ." . . .but I'm moving right along with this recovery thing. Tues will be 2 weeks since my revision surgery, and I am still smiling about how wonderful it feels to stand up straight and no longer have bone pain. Who would think that a little phrase like "sagittal imbalance" could wreak such havoc with a person's life (and mine was mild). . .and if/whenever I hear that someone is experiencing bone pain, my heart will go out to them and I will understand what they are going through in a way I could not have 4 mos ago. The post-op pain is still well controlled by oxycodone, Flexaril and Tylenol, and I've been able to stretch out the intervals between doses, and I sometimes take 2 or 3 oxycodones rather than 4. I would like to start walking more - I don't feel like my around-the-house walking is enough, but it's too cold and wet outside, and the healthclub I belong to would require a drive (so that's not an option for a few more weeks).
    Jenee - your doc could not have found a better person to set up a support group - what a great idea!
    Fused T-3 to L-3, Aug 25
    Hardware removal surgery, Nov 2, 2010
    Fused T-10 to L-2, osteotomy, Feb 22, 2011

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    Jenee',
    Your postop pictures look great. You will be a fantastic leader for a support group as you have had a wonderful, positive attitude before and after surgery. As you know, we are only a week apart and have the same vertebrae fused. I, too, am excited about having a straight back and have been complimented so much by people who see me for the first time. I have been fortunate to have had a smooth recovery so far . . . no pain meds after 4 weeks, driving at 6 weeks, and only mild aches that come and go. I don't see Dr. Lenke until my 10 week point (March 16) and hope to get a good report. Well, enough about me. I just want to let those waiting for surgery know that for many of us, it's not half as rough as I feared. Having a lot of faith in your surgeon sure helps with a positive attitude for a good outcome.
    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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    Everything looks great Jenee' and it's good to hear your recovery is going well too. You too Karen. This makes me feel more confident with my son's recovery b/c he's only fourteen.
    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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    the pics and xrays look fantastic! Your back photo before looked much like mine did before surgery. I still find myself amazed that we get such great results from this surgery!

    Congratulations!!!
    __________________________________________
    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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    wow

    Hi Jenee'
    you look great! thanks for the info that seems to be what everyone is saying is that whats in your head is worse than the reality. I too will be fused top to bottom. I do have a question. How do you wash your hair in the shower? You're not allowed to raise your arms, right? Thanks for all of the encouraging words.


    Sarah Cantore
    T 40 L 70
    Surgery March 15
    Dr. Errico/NYU
    T3-S1

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