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  1. #1
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    3 days till surgery

    Hi guys! My surgery is in three days (April 27) with Dr. Boachie. I had the pre-op appointments (I had seven separate appointments!) at the HSS on Thursday...

    details are:
    Fusion most likely T3-L3 to correct kyphosis
    Posterior only
    Titanium screws and cobalt-chrome rods
    Dr B is going to mix some BMP proteins with my bone (from the osteotomies) to be used for the graft.
    Expected hospital stay in 5 days, I will be on Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for 2 days then off..they get me up the day after surgery!!

    I will probably not be on here until after the operation, so thanks for all your support and help...it has been a huge help to be able to talk on this board...well..

    see you on the other side!!!!
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    Hey good luck, CB. Best regards.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

    No island of sanity.

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    Wishing you all the best Coldbricks. Looking forward to hearing from you "on the other side!" I'm sure Dr. Boachi will perform a miracle for you. Hope the time goes quickly for you now you're so close.
    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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    Cold Bricks,
    You are in excellent physical shape and you have a great surgeon, so I'm sure you will do well. You're also young! Be sure to post when you are able. Best of luck!
    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

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    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.
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    Will say some prayers for your surgery!

    Will say some prayers for your surgery! Glad you found a doctor you can trust.

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    Coldbricks--
    Very best wishes with your surgery. I'm sure you'll do great as will your doctor. Best Wishes! 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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    Be sure to keep in touch here....you should do pretty well at your age.
    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
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    Wishing you all the best on April 27th. Yes, please do update when you can as we will be thinking of you.
    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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    Good luck and God speed!
    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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    Cool well wishes

    Good Luck ColdBricks! You will do fine get plenty of movies or video games you'll need them! I was never a TV person and now Im addicted to Celebrity Apprentice and Lifetime movies...my brain is mush but my back is nice and straight...dont forget the stool softners start using IMMEDIATELY. Biggest mistake I made...just passing it along. Thank God the weather is getting nicer so you can walk outside. I've been bundling up and walking up and down my block my neighbors are scared I think. Wishing you the speediest of recoveries and keep us posted on your recoup!
    Sarahcant
    Surgery March 15
    Dr. Errico NYU
    Fused T-3 to S-1
    an inch and change taller
    nice and straight
    49 years old (yikes)

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    Best of luck, ColdBricks! You should do great. We'll all be thinking of you.

    boomergal
    54 years old
    T57, L43
    surgery scheduled with Dr. Boachie 7/05/11

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    good luck CB
    Kara
    25
    Brace 4-15-05-5-25-06
    Posterior Spinal Fusion 3-10-10
    T4-L2
    Before 50T
    After 20T

  13. #13
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    Best of Luck to you. I will be thinking positive thoughts for you, and look forward to hearing all about your experience. You are in very capable hands.
    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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    Best of luck to you. See you on the other side.

    Melissa

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    Good luck Cold. May your surgery and recovery be eventless!

    --Linda
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