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  1. #1
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    surgery on June 7th

    Hi everyone, This is lorz's sister giving the update on her surgery which was done on Tuesday, June 7th. Her surgery went well and she is recovering as expected. She is still in the PACU today as they are working on her pain management and they would like to see her blood pressure and pulse oximetry readings a little higher! She is not used to opiates so that is part of the difficulty. I hope she will be transferred to a regular room soon and she can continue with the updates herself!! But I will be more than happy to answer any questions, as it will help keep me busy until I can go visit her again!
    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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    Thank you so much for the update! It's so good to hear all went well. It's just very difficult at first, but she will make progress-- baby steps for awhile, but progress just the same. Thanks again for the news.
    67 and plugging along...
    2007 52 w/ severe lumbar stenosis & L2L3 lateral listhesis (side shift)
    5/4/07 posterior spinal fusion T2-L4 w/ laminectomies and osteotomies @L2L3, L3L4
    Dr. Kim Hammerberg, Rush Univ. Medical Center in Chicago

    Corrected to 15
    CMT (type 2) DX in 2014, progressing
    NEW 10/2018 x-rays show spondylolisthesis at L4/L5 - Dr. DeWald is monitoring

    Click to view my pics: pics of scoli x-rays digital x-rays, and pics of me

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    Thank you for the update. Good to hear she is doing quite well and look forward to her being well enough to give her own updates. :-)
    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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    Wonderful to hear that she is on the other side. One day at a time right now. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.


    Anne in PA
    Age 58
    Diagnosed at age 14, untreated, no problem until age 50
    T4 to sacrum fusion
    63 thoracic now 35, 92 lumbar now 53
    Dr. Baron Lonner, 2/2/10
    Am pain-free, balanced, happy & an inch taller !

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    Tell Lori we are all thinking of her and wishing her a smooth recovery. The first month is the toughest.
    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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    Thank you so much for the update on Lori!! I've been checking in every day since the 7th and praying for her. So glad to hear the surgery went well! I was wondering how long the surgery was? Please keep us updated when you get any more news. Congrats, Lori, the surgery is over!!!! You don't have to worry about it anymore, you are on your way to recovery!!

    Take care,
    JenM
    Surgery date: June 8, 2010 with Dr. Boachie
    Thoracic curve: 55 degrees, corrected to 25 degrees
    Lumbar curve: 58 degrees, corrected to 27 degrees
    Posterior-only surgery, Levels T3-L3
    31 year old mother of 2 young kids

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    Lori congrads on your surgery
    Kara
    25
    Brace 4-15-05-5-25-06
    Posterior Spinal Fusion 3-10-10
    T4-L2
    Before 50T
    After 20T

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    I found sitting upright in a straight backed, hard chair was the most comfortable for a few weeks. I did have tailbone pain for a couple of weeks and sitting bolt upright seemed to take the pressure off that. If you have a straight backed (but padded) chair, use that for a little while and see how you go.

    My comfy chairs and sofa were a no no for a while, but I love them again now.
    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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    That's funny, Jennifer-- my most comfortable place to sit was my couch, but we had bought a new one, so it was firm and had a seat height of 21". With cushions behind so I didn't have to lean back any, and plenty of other pillows if I needed them, it was great. I had a nice tray/table my husband picked up at the drug store that could slant if I wanted it or just keep it flat.... and I planted myself there with my laptop and my books and my cross-stitch. There's a picture of me with my little table in a link in my signature area.
    67 and plugging along...
    2007 52 w/ severe lumbar stenosis & L2L3 lateral listhesis (side shift)
    5/4/07 posterior spinal fusion T2-L4 w/ laminectomies and osteotomies @L2L3, L3L4
    Dr. Kim Hammerberg, Rush Univ. Medical Center in Chicago

    Corrected to 15
    CMT (type 2) DX in 2014, progressing
    NEW 10/2018 x-rays show spondylolisthesis at L4/L5 - Dr. DeWald is monitoring

    Click to view my pics: pics of scoli x-rays digital x-rays, and pics of me

  10. #10
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    Yes, I've seen that pic Susie, you do look very nicely set up there!

    I think the main thing is that the seat must be firm and being bolt upright keeps the weight off your tailbone. I often sit bolt upright even now and it's perfectly comfortable though people rush to stick a cushion behind me (so I must look uncomfortable which I assure people I am not.)
    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

  11. #11
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    Congratulations for making it to the other side, Lori. I have been praying for you and want to thank you for keeping up on what's happening with you.

    Glad you mentioned the hospital adventure, I have been told I will have a private room and it sounds like that will be a Godsend with this surgery.

    Continue to keep us posted...and we'll continue to prayer for all the pain and weird feelings to subside.
    Discovered scoliosis when 15 years old.
    Wore Milwaulkee Brace for 1.5 years.
    Top curve 85 degrees, bottom curve 60 degrees

    Surgery completed August 23, 2011 (during an earthquake, can you believe that?)
    Dr. Charles Edwards, II
    The Spine Center at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore, MD
    Before and after xrays:
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