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    melissa's surgery

    surgery took about 13 hrs spoke to doctor and told it went very well. melissa is going into recovery now and then will be moved to ICU

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    Thank you for the excellent news!

    I hope Melissa has a good night. . .
    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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    We're barracking for you Melissa! So happy to hear it's over and it went well. Hang in there Melissa, the next few days are "the hump" - once you're over that, things will get better and better - and this time you will have a great surgeon to see you through it.

    Gentle hugs,
    Jen
    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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    Thanks so much for letting us know. Praying for her initial recovery! Those first days are pretty rough.
    66 and still heartbroken...
    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

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    Praying for her ! It's a tough surgery, but worth it if all goes well!! This woman didn't give up. Amazing!!!

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    I am so glad everything went well with the surgery. I think you are going to have a totally different (and much better) experience this time during your recovery.
    Karen

    Surgery-Jan. 5, 2011-Dr. Lenke
    Fusion T-4-sacrum-2 cages/5 osteotomies
    70 degree thoracolumbar corrected to 25
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    I hope so too, Karen. I think the new surgeon will make a world of difference. Hang in there, Melissa! We're pulling for you. 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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    I really hope that everything works out for you with your revision. You have been through so much. Best wishes for an uneventful recovery.
    Laurie
    Age 57
    Posterior fusion w/thoracoplasty T2-L3 Oct 1, 2010
    Thoracic curve corrected from 61* to 16*
    Lumbar curve, unknown measurement
    Disfiguring back hump GONE!!
    Dr Munish Gupta
    UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA

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    Melissa,
    I sent a pm because I hadn't seen any report of your surgery. I didn't think to look in the revision section.

    I am so glad to hear you are on the "other side" and doing well. I'm thinking of you and hope you have a smooth recovery.

    Good luck!!
    Irene

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    melissa i hope you feel better soon
    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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    I got to rehab on Friday and even through then and still feel now that they are pushing me by my being in rehab. Marc shows up and the first think he says to me why are you not dressed? Then it is time to to go to PT .He gets mad because when I get up my hospital gown shows everything. I said that I really do not care as I am in so much pain. While in PT. she makes the statement that those who work harder get home faster. I said to her that I would do my best and she told me that maybe this is not the place for me. I am tired of being in pain and tired of being tired.. I am tired of being in this brace, I am tired of no privacy .I am tired of not being able to get in and out of bed by myself.I am just so frustrated about not being able to do anything by myself. I am tired of having no one here that I know to help me

    When I got up for the 4th time last night @4:30am, I just not face having to get back in bed so I decided to sleep in a chair, Then all I heard from Marc and the nurse how unsafe it is .

    I just do not know how long I can put up with this situation

    Melissa

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    A/P ssurgery

    Then I get upset thinking about having more surgery

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    I missed something: Who is Marc?

    Under these circumstances, how rude for anyone to comment about modesty considerations. You're not at the mall.

    Further, how unproductive the PT's comment was! Additionally, I do not know that there is any truth behind it. . .statistics??? Do people who "work harder" (now, how can that be quantified, in light of individual cases?) go home earlier. . .or do most go home when their insurance stops paying? People can be such jerks.

    This will all be a memory soon. . .your body has taken a big hit, on top of other hits. You're doing great, and those of us who have been where you are now, appreciate how hard this is, and we're proud of you. And for those who are making this difficult road even harder (unnecessarily) for you. . . Karma can be a b*tch.
    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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    I missed something: Who is Marc? Marc is my very caring husband of almost 29 years. Life is fine until something happens and he being at the center of attention is not good


    Melissa

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    It's part of that most difficult time that you're going through now Melissa. Keep in mind the surgery is over, and better days are coming. Meantime, grin and bear it, do what they ask as best you can, knowing that you're in the process of getting your life back and this will all be a distant memory soon.

    Let us know how your surgery went. Is your surgeon happy with the results so far?

    Are you getting enough sleep? Are you eating enough to keep up your strength? Are you walking much?

    I hope this difficult time passes quickly for you and you start to see improvements soon. We're thinking of you.
    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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