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    Four days left until surgery

    I met with Dr Bederman yesterday and I am so excited about Monday. I am counting the days now. I cannot wait. He is the best and thank you again Linda for getting me in to see him in April. He will not be able to use his robot however as my CAT scan was not properly to give him the information that he needed

    Melissa
    Last edited by mabeckoff; 07-14-2011 at 12:23 PM.

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    That is exciting, Melissa. It's almost time! I'll be praying for you and watching for your first post when you feel up to it during your recovery. Hugs, Susie
    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

    Corrected to 15
    2014 DXd w/CMT (type 2)

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    This is what he plans on doing

    1. Application of halo
    2. Removal of spinal rods
    3. Exploration of fusion
    4. Repair of pseudomeningocele lumbar spine
    5. Osteotomies C7-T4
    6. Decompression C4-5
    7. Posterior spinal instrumentation C2 to Pelvis with cobalt rods
    8. Posterior spinal fusion C2 to Pelvis with local autograft, allograft, DBM, possible BMP.

    He did say that while the operation will not be 12-14 hours , it will be 8-10 hours. Glad that I am sleeping

    Melissa

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    It's wonderful to hear you say you're excited. Yes, all you have to do is lie there and sleep. You are in good hands and he will take the best care of you. I too, am excited to follow you through the last stages of this journey!
    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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    Prayers and hugs Melissa.
    Sally
    Diagnosed with severe lumbar scoliosis at age 65.
    Posterior Fusion L2-S1 on 12/4/2007. age 67
    Anterior Fusion L3-L4,L4-L5,L5-S1 on 12/19/2007
    Additional bone removed to decompress right side of L3-L4 & L4-L5 on 4/19/2010
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    Thanks Sally

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    Melissa,
    My thoughts and prayers will be with you. A great surgeon will make all the difference for you. We'll be anxious to hear from you after your surgery.
    Karen

    Surgery-Jan. 5, 2011-Dr. Lenke
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    70 degree thoracolumbar corrected to 25
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    We're all thinking about you and rooting for you. This has been such a long, hard road you've been on. . .I'm excited for you, too!!
    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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    Thanks everyone for the good wishes. Now to get thru the weekend

    Melissa

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    Good luck Melissa, you deserve the best.
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    Debbe - 50 yrs old

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    Told by Dr. my curve would never progress

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    Thanks Debbei. Two more days!!!

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    Try to do something fun this weekend. Even if it's shopping/eating out/or splurging on some special ice cream from the grocery store... We are all thinking of you and are excited for you too. Prayers and hugs--
    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

    Corrected to 15
    2014 DXd w/CMT (type 2)

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

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    We are going to see Annie in Rancho Cucamonga tomorrow afternoon so between church and the play Sunday is covered. Today, I will pack and do my wash and make some phone calls

    I can't wait although I know next week I will not be this happy.

    Melissa

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    But you will be this happy again soon! Will be sending thoughts and prayers your way Monday and for your recovery.
    Sue

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    Quote Originally Posted by SusanS View Post
    But you will be this happy again soon! Will be sending thoughts and prayers your way Monday and for your recovery.
    Sue
    That is true Sue, just not next week

    Melissa

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