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Thread: One Year Post Op - I made it!

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    JamieAnn Guest

    One Year Post Op - I made it!

    I cannot believe I forgot to post this yesterday, as that was the actual anniversary of my surgery. I thought about the surgery all day long! The night before I laid awake remembering the awful antibacterial wipes they made me use (stung and itched like crazy!) and how I was so incredibly nervous. Yesterday morning I had butterflies - just like a year ago, only not nearly as bad!

    The year flew by. Every single month was a huge improvement, even still today. I feel great and am comfortable in my new body. When people ask "how do you feel?" it's weird to say "totally fine" because I treat my body differently now and of course there is still numbness and I feel the rods/new bone in bad weather. But I do have to say, I really do feel normal. I know that has a lot to do with the fact that I'm fused only to L1 and don't have restrictions in my lumbar movement.

    For all of you considering surgery, I can totally relate with how difficult that decision is. Up until the moment they put the needle in my arm to put me to sleep, I had major doubts that I did the right thing. I vividly remember falling asleep on the operating table just thinking what the hell am I doing? It was the biggest moment of relief when I could wiggle my toes and I wasn't in excrutiating pain when I woke up.

    Looking back, I know this was the right thing to do. I know easier said than done when I didn't have complications. But I also know, the scoliosis would have continued to get worse and recovery would just be longer and more painful.

    Dr. Errico is really an amazing surgeon and I highly recommend him. I truly trusted him with my life that day. I saw him this morning for my 1 year appointment and he was cracking jokes and thrilled to see me doing well (but he always knows his patients will be just fine!). His staff congratulated me, and it was really the best feeling to say "I'll see you in a year".

    Thanks to everyone on this forum for your support - I think without this forum I would never, ever had gotten as far as I did.

    -Jamie

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    Great to hear, Jamie! These 1-year post-op updates are inspiration to me. I am soooooooooo looking forward to the day when I will be able to share my post-op story.

    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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    yayaya! congratulations again!!!
    30 y.o female, very active, considering surgery
    08/03/11 - 54 degrees
    06/2004 - 33 degrees
    Don't like hospitals

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    congrats!

    So Happy for you that all went well. Dr. Errico really is fantastic. What did he say about pregnancy? Keep up the good work!
    Sarahcant
    Surgery March 15
    Dr. Errico NYU
    Fused T-3 to S-1
    an inch and change taller
    nice and straight
    49 years old (yikes)

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    Jamie,
    Congratulations on your year anniversary and your recovery. Your post is certainly the type I liked to read before my surgery. It's nice to feel normal and look normal!
    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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    Way to go! Glad that you are doing so good
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

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    Jamie--
    That's fantastic. Congrats! 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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    Great news! Congrats on your first anniversary!
    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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    Congrats on your 1 year anniversary and the fact that you are doing and feeling so well! Hope you celebrate!
    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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