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    One Year Post Op Checkup Perfect!

    Had my one year post op checkup yesterday in St Louis. Everything looks great in the xrays; nothing has moved or dislodged. I'm feeling great. I can now start playing golf, although I'm supposed to ease into it hitting irons only for awhile. Went out and hit about 50 golf balls with my PW, SW, 9, 8 & 7 irons this evening. It felt great, no pain. Everything is good! And I don't have to go back for a year! Good luck to everyone with upcoming surgeries!
    Age 56
    Wore a Milwaukee Brace for 3 years in hs
    Fused L4-S1 for high grade spondylolisthesis Jan '09 in Indy
    Thoracic 68
    Surgery Aug 31, 2010 T3 to L1
    Dr Bridwell St Louis
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...1&d=1289881696

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    Glad to hear that you are doing so great

    Melissa
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

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    Congratulations on a great report! It has to be a wonderful feeling that everything is perfect with your x-rays. Was Dr. Bridwell able to point out fusion?
    I can't imagine what taking the first swing will feel like. When were you given permission to chip and putt? I started chipping and putting the first part of August (7 mos. post op) with the doctor and PT's okay, but I worry that I might be twisting or turning too much. I don't go further than 10 yards from the greens.

    Did you think about turning more in one piece instead of the normal twisting when you were hitting balls or did everything just feel natural?
    Enjoy fall golf in Indy. It's the best time of the year to play in the Midwest.
    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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    Hi Karen- I Was a little nervous about turning and swinging but it's getting easier. I just don't want to mess anything up. I did go out and play 9 holes yesterday using only my irons and hybrid; doesn't work real well on par 5's. It was fun though. Dr Bridwell told me to get a longer putter when he told me I could putt and chip at 6 months. It takes a little getting used to not bending over so much. Since I'm not fused at L2 and L3 he's trying to preserve those disks and give me more flexibility and just told me to be careful and not bend any more than I have to. And especially don't bend over to pick up anything. So I squat a lot. He even told me I could ski (snow) as long as I stayed on green slopes - no double black diamonds. I told him I only skied greens and easy blues before surgery so he didn't need to worry. I didn't take up skiing until my 40's and I'm not much of a risk taker so I never went beyond easy blues. It's just good to know that I've made it a year without messing anything up. I'm fusing but he said it takes a good 2 years to have a solid fusion. That's why I still have to be careful. I'll be up at Cog Hill next week for a couple days at the BMW Championship. Crooked Stick is hosting the BMW next year and I'm co-chairing admissions so some of us are going up to shadow those in charge of the same events this year. Looking forward to
    It. Have fun putting and chipping!
    Age 56
    Wore a Milwaukee Brace for 3 years in hs
    Fused L4-S1 for high grade spondylolisthesis Jan '09 in Indy
    Thoracic 68
    Surgery Aug 31, 2010 T3 to L1
    Dr Bridwell St Louis
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...1&d=1289881696

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    Lisa,
    We are planning to go to FL for golf the end of Feb. if I get a good report at my year check-up. I'll have to find a heated driving range in St. Louis to try to hit a few balls first. We might have to look for some par 3 courses or only play 9 holes in FL. If nothing else, the warm sun should feel good.

    It sounds like fun to go to Cog Hill. We went to the BMW a couple of years ago when it was in St. Louis. When I hear "Crooked Stick", I always think of John Daly and his big win there. I'm sure it will be a lot of work for you when it's in Indy, but fun, as well.

    Let me know when you think you can play 18 holes. I know I'll just have to see how it goes next year . . .
    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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    Congratulations!!!

    With all that extra metal in you now, I bet Tiger will have a hard time beating you!
    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:
    http://www.valley-designs.com/myspine

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    congratulations on great results!

    by the way...i think Tiger has a hard time beating anyone these days....

    jess

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    Thumbs up

    Hi Lisa,
    That is very impressive!!! I couldn't even think of swinging a club at 1 year post.

    Congratulations
    Shari

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    Congratulations Lisa on your anniversary and wonderful 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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    congrads lisa on a great report
    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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    Lisa,

    So glad to hear it! We will have to get together soon and celebrate!

    ,
    Evelyn
    age 44
    80* thoracolumbar; 40* thoracic
    Reduced to ~16* thoracolumbar; ~0* thoracic
    Surgery 3/14/12 with Dr. Lenke, T4 to S1 with pelvic fixation
    Not "confused" anymore, but don't know how to change my username.

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    Lisa,
    That is wonderful news!!!! Im so glad everything is going well for you. lucky u got out of STL yesterday its raining here all day ,pretty dreary...LOL
    My sons 1year appt is Monday, IM hoping he will lift some restrictions it has been so hard...IM curious about fusion too, I know he took xrays do they see the fusion parts??? or is it all healed or?????
    Kelly
    mom of Cameren 12 yrs. old
    Chiari,retroflex odontoid,syringomyelia,scoliosis
    Chiari decompressions 6/2005,5/2006
    Syringopleural shunt 6/2009
    Boston Braced off & on 6.5yrs
    scoliosis surgery- 9/15/10 T4-L4 Dr. Bridwell
    Fell & broke finger,surgery 3/2011

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