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  1. #451
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    I don't know! They told me to come now. I think it may be because of two clinical trials I'm in. Anyway, I'm here now and I'm armed with questions, so it's all good.

    Cheers,
    Evelyn
    age 48
    80* thoracolumbar; 40* thoracic
    Reduced to ~16* thoracolumbar; ~0* thoracic
    Surgery 3/14/12 with Dr. Lenke in St. Louis, T4 to S1 with pelvic fixation
    Broken rods 12/1/19; scheduled for revision fusion L1-L3-4 with Dr. Lenke 2/4/2020
    Not "confused" anymore, but don't know how to change my username.

  2. #452
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    5 Month 1 Week Post Op Pix

    Thought I'd share my original pre op Nov 2011 pix and compare them to me now; 5 months 1 week post op.

    Pre op Back
    Back View.JPG

    Post op Back
    Almost 5 months 1 week post op.jpg

    Pre op Tummy
    Tummy Pre Op Nov 2011.jpg

    Post op Tummy
    Tummy 5 months 1 week post op.jpg

    My daughter said my tummy is getting flat and isn't squishy anymore. LOL!

    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/

  3. #453
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    Doreen,
    You are doing so well! You definitely can see your ab muscles. I am looking forward to meeting you and Jeremy in a few weeks.
    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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    Doreen,
    You are an inspiration. I hope I can do as well as you!
    Scheduled for surgery with Dr. Lenke Oct. 2012
    53*T 71*L
    Surgery 10/05/2012 T4-pelvis
    Correction: looks perfect! Will find out how perfect at future appointments

  5. #455
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    Quote Originally Posted by hasteffen View Post
    Doreen,
    You are an inspiration. I hope I can do as well as you!
    Thank u! Dr. Lenke will do amazing things for u!

    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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    Doreen--Those pics are just amazing. You look wonderful. Congratulations! 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.

  7. #457
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    Hi Doreen! Nice photos!! Love the long, lengthy torso!!
    Love
    Nancy
    Age 58
    Surgery w/ Dr Lenke August 23, 2010
    original curves 91 thoracic, 86 lumbar
    fused T1 to sacrum, new curves 50 and 45

  8. #458
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    Invigorating to Be a Participant of Life Again!

    Last night my family and I attended a play at the local Shakespeare Tavern. Total time sitting was 4.5 hours which included our drive time. The chairs were the most uncomfortable things, but I had a wonderful time! I even wore heels! It's so refreshing to be able to enjoy life!

    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/

  9. #459
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    Doreen,
    What a great post! I'm sure those who are really early in their recovery or still in the pre-op stage appreciate reading about your recovery. I posted once that it was almost a feeling of euphoria when I returned to activities that I had enjoyed before surgery. I am so thankful for Dr. Lenke!
    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/

  10. #460
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    That is great!! How far along (months) were you when you could first sit for a couple of hours? I am wondering about my daughter's dance recital, when I'll be 3 months post-op. Maybe I can go for a few numbers, at least. Thanks for the morale booster!

    ,
    Evelyn
    age 48
    80* thoracolumbar; 40* thoracic
    Reduced to ~16* thoracolumbar; ~0* thoracic
    Surgery 3/14/12 with Dr. Lenke in St. Louis, T4 to S1 with pelvic fixation
    Broken rods 12/1/19; scheduled for revision fusion L1-L3-4 with Dr. Lenke 2/4/2020
    Not "confused" anymore, but don't know how to change my username.

  11. #461
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    Quote Originally Posted by Confusedmom View Post
    That is great!! How far along (months) were you when you could first sit for a couple of hours? I am wondering about my daughter's dance recital, when I'll be 3 months post-op. Maybe I can go for a few numbers, at least. Thanks for the morale booster!

    ,
    Evelyn
    Hi Evelyn,
    I was 11 weeks postop when we had to make the emergency trip to FL, 8 hour drive one way. We drove for 2 hours, stopped so I could walk, then drove another 2 hours and spent the night at the halfway mark. The next day, same routine: 2 hour drive, walk, 2 hour drive. Bring a pillow or two with you and I'm sure you will enjoy the recital. :-)

    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/

  12. #462
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    Thanks, Doreen. I bought front-row tickets, so at least I can stretch my legs out!

    Best,
    Evelyn
    age 48
    80* thoracolumbar; 40* thoracic
    Reduced to ~16* thoracolumbar; ~0* thoracic
    Surgery 3/14/12 with Dr. Lenke in St. Louis, T4 to S1 with pelvic fixation
    Broken rods 12/1/19; scheduled for revision fusion L1-L3-4 with Dr. Lenke 2/4/2020
    Not "confused" anymore, but don't know how to change my username.

  13. #463
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    Quote Originally Posted by Confusedmom View Post
    Thanks, Doreen. I bought front-row tickets, so at least I can stretch my legs out!

    Best,
    Evelyn
    Evelyn,

    I don't mean to keep butting in on your conversations, lol...

    I just remembered something when you asked about sitting. After my first revision surgery which was pretty major surgery...about 5 months post op, I drove to Las Vegas with my hubby in a Honda Civic. I did great. And then flew back which is a 4 hour flight. You should do great at your daughter's recital.
    May 2008 Fusion T4 - S1, Pre-op Curves T45, L70 (age 48). Unsuccessful surgery.

    March 18, 2010 (age 50). Revision with L3 Osteotomy, Replacement of hardware T11 - S1 , addition of bilateral pelvic fixation. Correction of sagittal imbalance and kyphosis.

    January 24, 2012 (age 52) Revision to repair pseudoarthrosis and 2 broken rods at L3/L4.

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    hi Doreen
    you look terrific!!
    i just read your most recent entries on your blog...
    very inspiring...

    jess

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    Thanks, Kristy!! I remember that, now.

    Doreen,
    I just looked at your blog now. You just look really fit! Maybe all that walking has given your back a more toned look (in addition to the surgery)? Anyway, I think you should be one proud metal momma!!
    age 48
    80* thoracolumbar; 40* thoracic
    Reduced to ~16* thoracolumbar; ~0* thoracic
    Surgery 3/14/12 with Dr. Lenke in St. Louis, T4 to S1 with pelvic fixation
    Broken rods 12/1/19; scheduled for revision fusion L1-L3-4 with Dr. Lenke 2/4/2020
    Not "confused" anymore, but don't know how to change my username.

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