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Thread: **Surgery scheduled: April 19, 2011, Dr. Boachie**

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    **Surgery scheduled: April 19, 2011, Dr. Boachie**

    Hi everyone. Insurance was sorted out last week, and as of this morning, my surgery has been officially scheduled with Dr. Boachie at the HSS in NYC. I have been on this site for over a year and a half, and wanted to thank everyone for their help/support/suggestions, and of course, good senses of humor. I will keep you all up to date if/when stuff happens.

    I am a bit nervous, but I would say this is pretty normal. I am excited at the idea of having less pain in my life. I am very thankful that Dr. Boachie is doing my surgery, as I naturally felt good vibes from him.

    Dave

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    dave good luck with your surgery on april 19 2011
    Kara
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    Brace 4-15-05-5-25-06
    Posterior Spinal Fusion 3-10-10
    T4-L2
    Before 50T
    After 20T

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    Dave--
    That's great news! And not too long to wait either. It sounds like you have a great attitude as you prepare. Good luck. 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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    Good luck Dave!! You are in good hands. Let us know how it goes.
    __________________________________________
    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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    \m/ \m/ Rock on, Dave!
    Female, age 38
    4 years of bracing, concluded at 42*upper/38*lower
    currently 64*upper/40*lower
    Fused T3-L4 on Feb 23 2011
    now 32*upper/18* lower

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    Dave,

    First, I wanted to wish you luck with your upcoming surgery. I am also scheduled for surgery, with Dr. Boachie, in June. I think we are in very capable hands. I started a thread approx. 2 weeks ago, asking about getting private duty nurses at HSS. The opinion seems to be, if you can, DO IT! I am wondering if you are considering it? I will be very interested in reading about your experience, post-op!! 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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    I will keep you posted on what happens! The surgery was actually moved a week later, so it is now April 27th. About a month away....

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    Good luck with your up and coming surgery. I have heard MANY good things about Dr. B so your clearly in good hands. As for your nerves, everyone gets them! At least you have the knowledge of many of his patients on here so you know what to expect. Good luck!
    Susan

    Diagnosed at 10, Boston brace from 11-13 yrs old.
    50* Lumbar w/ 5 centimeter shift to the left and slight rib hump...
    Surgery Date: April 15 and April 22, 2009
    X-LIF approach for disc repair L5,L4,L3,L2
    Posterior Approach for fusions L5-T5
    Dr. Fox @ Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
    Nice and straight now!!!!!

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    Less than a month away now..I gave my blood this morning
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    I am right behind you, just got my letter to schedule my donations! Your date will be here before you know it. How are you doing? You will do well, you have youth on your side. I will be thinking of you.
    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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    Hi Dave, I'll be thinking of you as your surgery nears. You are in great hands! I had my surgery with Dr. B almost 7 months ago, and have had a very good recovery up to this point. I was nervous too going into the weeks before surgery, but it was mixed with excitement and determination.
    Debra
    Age 45
    Pre - surgery Thoracic 69, Lumbar 48
    Post-surgery Thoracic 37, Lumbar 39 (unfused)
    Fused T4-T12
    Milwaukee braced, 11 years old to 15 yo
    Surgery Sept. 1st, 2010 Dr. Boachie

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    Good luck Dave. We've all heard great things about Dr. Boachie. Having a good surgeon is possibly the most important aspect of this surgery, but your good attitude and your youth are most definitely on your side.
    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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    Dave,
    It's natural to be nervous, but as many on the forum told me, the weeks before surgery are the most difficult. I have to agree. Maybe I've just been lucky, but my recovery has been less painful than I anticipated. I had surgery on Jan. 5 and saw friends (although briefly) at a Super Bowl party. You get your life back(with some adjustments) sooner than you might think and I'm 60! You have a good surgeon, a good attitude, and youth on your side. Be sure to post when you are "on the other side."
    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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    Dave good wishes and blessings

    here's a prayer that everything goes great and you have relief from your pain and the future is brighter for you . Sounds like you have a great surgeon and thats the most important thing. Oh, well besides FAITH.

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    Good Luck

    Good Luck Dave! I just had my surgery on March 15 at nyu. My advice to you would be to make sure you get on stool softners asap and keep up with your bathroom stuff. Gross I know but very necessary I had a horrible weekend because I let that go. I didnt realize that I would run into such an issue. Also if you can rent a hospital bed. It has made me very comfortable with the in and out of bed problem. Make sure that you take a multi up until they tell you not too and eat really healthy foods. Do you have someone to help take care of you? My friend is an aid and she has been helping me I couldnt have done it without her. Make sure you have family and friends on board. Dont be afraid to ask for help. Keep us posted...I was posting from my phone in the hospital it made me feel less alone...all the best to you!

    Sarahcant
    march 15 nyu dr. errico
    T-3 to S-1
    L-5 - S-1

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