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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Orlando, FL

    a little funny conversation

    Conversation at the dr's this morning:
    Receptionist: so your height, weight, address is all the same since the last time we saw you right? haha, you didn't grow did you?
    Me: um, well...actually....I did grow. I had a surgery....and I grew..."
    Receptionist: oh....k.

    it's a good thing I carry a pic of my x-rays. =)
    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:

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Haha! I love it when those things happen. I had a tonsillectomy yesterday. When I sat down on the bed in the operating room, the nurse noticed my scar because of my gown, and she was going crazy over it, so all the other nurses had to come over and check it out. They said that this surgery would be nothing compared to what I've been through! (And they were right! Piece of cake.)

    Moments like those always make me laugh.

    My blog:
    My video:

    5 Boston back braces
    Spinal fusion- Nov. 17, 2009, senior year of high school
    52 and 57 degrees pre-surgery, 22 and 20 degrees post-surgery
    Dr. Kim Hammerberg, Shriners Children's Hospital, Chicago
    Back into volleyball and music as a senior in college!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2008
    I have had Doctors comment on my hardware after viewing my x-rays. “Wow! Who did that?” “Nice rack”. That’s something guys don’t normally

    I have had other surgeries after my scoli surgeries and yes, they are pretty easy.

    I have to admit. You know which surgeon a guy has to trust the most? Not his scoli surgeon, his Urologist. My Urologist scares the heck out of me. “Your going to do what?” “Your going where and with what?””a laser?” One slip on the trigger, and, well, you know, problems.

    He handed me an orange card, and when I approached the front desk the 8 ladies commented “Oh, we got another one”.....while they laugh.

    You would think I was on a sitcom.

    Talk about deep breaths....
    49 yr old male, now 61, the new 61...
    Pre surgery curves 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

    My x-rays

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
    Good luck Ed. It's another case of finding the very best specialist that you can find, I think!
    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

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Waterloo, IL
    Rebecca: Definitely funny!

    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.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    York, PA
    I had the same reaction at a Dr.'s app't. about 6 months after my surgery when my ht. was measured. The nurse said "Someone must have written down the wrong no's because according to this you have grown!" One of the perks of going through all this is having local Dr.'s/medical professionals just amazed at what was done!
    Enjoy summer, everyone.

    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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