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    4,days post op!,

    I'm super sore and tight, but im doing well. Swelling after surgery caused me to have a respirator over night in icu bit it was removed early afternoon the next day. Very constipated despite all the pre planning I did to prevent this, but I am.now taking colace. I hope to be released Wednesday I hope.
    Thoracic curve approx 62 degrees,
    Lower curve of approx 38 degrees
    27 years old
    http://pennstatehershey.org/findaprovider/provider/1507
    Scheduled for Spinal Fusion 2/2/2012
    T2-L2 or L3
    Engaged to be married on 4.6.2013!

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    Speedy Recovery

    Hello Roxijanine -

    Great to hear from you on the other side. Here's to a speedy recovery and a new straight back !
    Diagnosed as a teenager
    Surgery 06/21/2011 Dr Boachie HSS
    Age 34 at time of surgery
    Pre Op : Thoracic 87; Lumbar 85
    Post Op: Thoracic 36; Lumbar 21
    Gained almost 2 inches in height !

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    You did it! Glad to hear from you. :-)
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

    No island of sanity.

    Question: What do you call alternative medicine that works?
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    "We are all African."

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    On the road to recovery! So glad you've had the surgery! New year, new back.
    Mom of 14yo son diagnosed Oct 2011
    Surgery 1/3/12 w Dr. Geof Cronen,
    Tampa General Hospital T3 to L1
    Jacob's pre surg curves: T58 & L31 12/28/11
    photos & xrays in "First-Time Surgery" thread "Before & After"

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    Rox

    You did it! You hang in there, your going to be fine.

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 61, the new 61...
    Pre surgery curves T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    Rox Rocks!!! Glad you made it through.

    ,
    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.

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    Wonderful! So glad you are here on the other side. Have a good steady recovery. 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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    Thanks for letting us know how you're doing. I hope you have a smooth recovery.
    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

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    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.
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    Congratulations Roxjanine, you did it! Hope all goes smoothly and it's not long before you're enjoying dressing that long, lean, new body!
    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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    It's good to hear that you are doing well aside from the tummy issues. Have they taken your post-op x-rays yet? Have you walked and how does that feel? I've heard from a relative of mine that she felt very strange getting up the first time, as her center of balance had changed. Sorry for the questions so early. I have not had surgery, so am curious about everything. I hope you continue to have a smooth recovery and hopefully get to go home on Wednesday as you would like.

    Take Care,
    Rohrer01

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    Smile

    Quote Originally Posted by rohrer01 View Post
    It's good to hear that you are doing well aside from the tummy issues. Have they taken your post-op x-rays yet? Have you walked and how does that feel? I've heard from a relative of mine that she felt very strange getting up the first time, as her center of balance had changed. Sorry for the questions so early. I have not had surgery, so am curious about everything. I hope you continue to have a smooth recovery and hopefully get to go home on Wednesday as you would like.

    Take Care,
    Rohrer01
    Thanks everyone for the encouragement!!! I feel very tight from the top of my back to the bottom lower back. My muscles need to figure out where to go now and readjust. My legs feel normal but I walk really slow due to my tight back. I feel heavy when I stand up at.first, like I when stepping out of a pool with all my clothes on. My arms hurt sometimes depending how I move them...the muscle that attaches the shoulder to neck is super tight so there is some sort of weakness/pain when I reach to grab things.

    My surgeon said I can start taking chlorella/green algae so I hopes this will help me be "regular" again and have more energy. Still haven't seen my x rays nor do I know how much taller I am....I'm guessing close to 2 inches I'm going to talk to my surgeon today and get my answers
    Thoracic curve approx 62 degrees,
    Lower curve of approx 38 degrees
    27 years old
    http://pennstatehershey.org/findaprovider/provider/1507
    Scheduled for Spinal Fusion 2/2/2012
    T2-L2 or L3
    Engaged to be married on 4.6.2013!

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    Wink my blog

    Thoracic curve approx 62 degrees,
    Lower curve of approx 38 degrees
    27 years old
    http://pennstatehershey.org/findaprovider/provider/1507
    Scheduled for Spinal Fusion 2/2/2012
    T2-L2 or L3
    Engaged to be married on 4.6.2013!

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    Hi Roxijanine,

    Welcome to the other side! As you get out more and more, you'll notice things are "shorter" than they used to be. :-) I remember going into my office for the first time at work and thought, my desk is so short.

    Hope you get all of your digestive issues solved very soon--they aren't fun.

    Although the pain pills will help, remember you'll be healing for quite a while. It's okay to rest...that's your job right now.
    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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    Unhappy

    Thanks everyone for the encouragment! My biggest pain right now is that I can't find a good chair to sit on, I can't get comfortable lying down either. I just want to have some sort of relief. I had a bad reaction to Flexerel, it actually made me tighter and caused more pain. I know things will get better, but I'm just frustrated that I can't sit or lie down comfortablely
    Thoracic curve approx 62 degrees,
    Lower curve of approx 38 degrees
    27 years old
    http://pennstatehershey.org/findaprovider/provider/1507
    Scheduled for Spinal Fusion 2/2/2012
    T2-L2 or L3
    Engaged to be married on 4.6.2013!

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    Welcome to the other side! It sounds like you're doing great so far.

    You will probably need a laxative of some sort in addition to the colace. I am around 10 days post-op, and taking Miralax and Senokot along with colace each day. The combo is just right.

    Thanks for keeping us updating,
    Gayle, age 50
    Oct 2010 fusion T8-sacrum w/ pelvic fixation
    Feb 2012 lumbar revision for broken rods @ L2-3-4
    Sept 2015 major lumbar A/P revision for broken rods @ L5-S1


    mom of Leah, 15 y/o, Diagnosed '08 with 26* T JIS (age 6)
    2010 VBS Dr Luhmann Shriners St Louis
    2017 curves stable/skeletely mature

    also mom of Torrey, 12 y/o son, 16* T, stable

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