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    boomergal's surgery tomorrow

    Hi, everyone,

    I'm having my second surgery with Dr. Boachie tomorrow: L1-L4 with one osteotomy
    and one cage. I was calm before the last surgery (T2-T12), but the past few
    weeks I've been feeling very anxious. Also, for the past month I've had a sharp,
    stabbing pain in the lower left unfused part of my back when I'm on my feet for
    more than 10 or 15 minutes, which hasn't helped my mental state. Hopefully,
    this surgery will fix everything. My husband will post after the surgery and
    I'll try to post later.

    All the best to everyone recuperating from surgery or anticipating surgery.

    Mary, age 54
    Surgery with Dr. Boachie 7/5/11, fused T2-T12
    Pre-surgery T60, L52
    Post-surgery T27, L33
    Surgery for L1-L4 on 9/21/11

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    Mary, hope all goes well with your surgery tomorrow and I'll be thinking about you and will be looking forward to 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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    Praying for you, Mary. Looking forward to updates from your hubby.

    Warmly,
    Doreen
    44 years old at time of surgery, Atlanta GA

    Pre-Surgery Thorasic: 70 degrees, Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 68 degrees, lost 4 inches of height in 2011
    Post-Surgery curves ~10 degrees, regained 4 inches of height

    Posterior T3-sacrum & TLIF surgeries on Nov 28, 2011 with Dr. Lenke, St. Louis
    2 rods, 33 screws, 2 cages, 2 connectors, living a new life I never dreamed of!

    http://thebionicachronicles.blogspot.com/

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    Praying for you and your surgeon .Looking forward to hearing from your husband
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

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    You'll be in my thoughts and prayers throughout the day. . .and I'll be watching for the "on the other side" post from your husband!
    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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    Mary,
    My thoughts will be with you tomorrow. I pray that this surgery will be the answer to the pain you are having.
    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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    Good luck! I can't wait to read your update that all went well.
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    Debbe - 50 yrs old

    Milwalkee Brace 1976 - 79
    Told by Dr. my curve would never progress

    Surgery 10/15/08 in NYC by Dr. Michael Neuwirth
    Pre-Surgury Thorasic: 66 degrees
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 66 degrees

    Post-Surgery Thorasic: 34 degrees
    Post-Surgery Lumbar: 22 degrees

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    Wishing you the very best for a successful surgery and a smooth recovery!
    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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    Any news on the surgery?
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

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    Boomergal back home from hospital

    Hi, everyone,

    I got out of the hospital last Wednesday. Had to stay two days longer than expected (7 days total) because I developed an ileus. My back looks great now--no more post-distal kyphosis.

    As soon as my insurance company approves it, I am going on Forteo. I think Dr. Boachie said 3 or 4 months would be enough (I'm a little foggy about everything said to me in the hospital) but the endocrinologist who visited me in the hospital thought the full two years would be good. I'd be glad to take it for the longer time. Will have to find out more from Dr. B.

    I had three osteotomies and a TLIF cage, and am now fused to L4. Dr. B. told my husband in the waiting room right after the surgery that one of the two base screws wouldn't hold because of my soft bones -- it remained loose -- and they used some kind of tape around the bone in order to secure things. I don't have all the details of my surgery yet. I will call for the surgical report or e-mail Dr. B. for more info.

    Right now my big problem is getting my intestinal balance right. I'm on a low-fiber diet because of the ileus. Don't have much appetite and feel very weak and shaky. I'm also scared to death that this fusion won't hold because of my osteoporosis.

    Thanks, everyone, for your support, and if anyone has any advice about post- ileus diet matters and transitioning to high-fiber foods, I'd love to hear it.

    Mary
    Fused T2-T12 on 7/5/11
    Fusion extended to L4 on 9/21/11

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    Sounds like you're doing great. I know the ileum is no fun, but you'll almost certainly recover from it quickly.

    Hang in there!

    --Linda
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    Hi Mary,
    So glad to hear your second surgery is behind you, and you are back at home. I too had an ileus pot-op, and struggled for 2 months to find an answer. The thing that finally worked for me was magnesium. When I started back on all of my daily supplements, ie. calcium, vitamins, magnesium, I realized the issue was gone. After thinking about it, it dawned on me- what is the main ingrediant in Milk of Magnesia, Magnesium Citrate, etc.,, Magnesium! I take 500mg daily, and it works like a charm. I tried everything else on the market prior to that, and nothing helped. Good Luck with your recovery.
    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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    Mary-- I had an ileus in the hospital for five days--no food or drink(!), but after that I didn't have to go on a special diet so I can't help you out. TiEd had one for 11 days-- or was it 8???, if I remember correctly. (Which I probably don't.) It sounds like you are doing well otherwise. Best wishes for a smooth recovery-- hopefully the osteoporosis won't cause any problems for you. That's interesting that they taped you where the bone was too soft. I haven't heard of that, but that makes sense. And of course Dr. B would know how to get around a problem like that. Rest up and keep us posted on how you're doing.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by boomergal View Post
    Hi, everyone,

    Dr. B. told my husband in the waiting room right after the surgery that one of the two base screws wouldn't hold because of my soft bones
    Mary
    Fused T2-T12 on 7/5/11
    Fusion extended to L4 on 9/21/11
    Hi Mary,

    I'm happy to hear you are home and on your way to recovery ;-)
    Did you know about your osteoporosis prior to either one of your surgeries?

    Warmly,
    Doreen
    44 years old at time of surgery, Atlanta GA

    Pre-Surgery Thorasic: 70 degrees, Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 68 degrees, lost 4 inches of height in 2011
    Post-Surgery curves ~10 degrees, regained 4 inches of height

    Posterior T3-sacrum & TLIF surgeries on Nov 28, 2011 with Dr. Lenke, St. Louis
    2 rods, 33 screws, 2 cages, 2 connectors, living a new life I never dreamed of!

    http://thebionicachronicles.blogspot.com/

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