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    Five-week Post-Op Report

    Saw Dr. Whitaker yesterday for a 5-week check-up. Rods and screws still in place where they need to be. I'm to continue wearing the TLSO brace all the time (except showering and when laying down in bed) for another six weeks and then we will discuss beginning to wean myself off. I can begin to use the treadmill, can drive, can resume work (I work only mornings and it's a sedentary job), and can swim. Basically, I am to listen to my body --- if it hurts, don't do it. I've been walking between 1-2.5 miles per day. Feeling really good --- still using 3 Lortab and 3 Flexeril each day. Need to begin weaning off that.

    I'm so grateful for how well my recovery has gone. Thanks for all your encouraging words! Thanks most of all for your prayers --- Our God is an Awesome God!
    Sheree
    Diagnosed age 18 - told I was done growing and it wouldn't get any worse
    Had two children
    Back started hurting more around age 52
    Saw Dr. Whitaker, KS Joint and Spine Institute, Jan. 2009 - Thoracic was 65, Lumbar was 50
    Saw Dr. Whitaker again Oct. 11 - Thoracic was 65, Lumbar was 55
    Fused T4-S1 with pelvic fixation and one cage Jan. 10, 2012 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, KS - age 55
    Post-Op X-ray - Thoracic was 50 and Lumbar was 23
    My Blog: www.shereeglanzer.blogspot.com

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    Sheree, It sounds like you are doing great. Keep up the good work.
    Sally
    Diagnosed with severe lumbar scoliosis at age 65.
    Posterior Fusion L2-S1 on 12/4/2007. age 67
    Anterior Fusion L3-L4,L4-L5,L5-S1 on 12/19/2007
    Additional bone removed to decompress right side of L3-L4 & L4-L5 on 4/19/2010
    New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA
    Dr. Frank F. Rands735.photobucket.com/albums/ww360/butterflyfive/

    "In God We Trust" Happy moments, praise God. Difficult moments, seek God. Quiet moments, worship God. Painful moments, trust God. Every moment, thank God.

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    That's an excellent report for so early out. Keep up the good work, I'm sure that walking helps. Best of luck!

    Jen
    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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    You are doing so well! Congratulations!
    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.
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    Wow! That is great that you are doing so well, and here I thought I was doing well before my setback lol So happy for you, being able to get back to 'real life' so soon! It is encouraging for me.

    Take care,
    Spring

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    You are doing great! And you will only improve more as time goes by. It gets better and better. Congratulations- and keep up the good work!
    Jenee'-52
    Bend, Oregon

    Braced 3 years in high school
    Lumbar 70'+ Thoracic 70'+
    I had 3" shrinkage in 6 months...

    Surgery Jan 10, 2011
    9 hours
    T3 to S1 with pelvic fixation
    Both curves now 35'

    Possible revison for Flatback Syndrome
    Non-fusion
    Loose/broken hardware-awaiting CT results

    Here is the link to my before and after pics..
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    Glad to hear that you are doing so well and hope that you continue to heal
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

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    Quote Originally Posted by timetofaceit View Post
    Saw Dr. Whitaker yesterday for a 5-week check-up. Rods and screws still in place where they need to be. I'm to continue wearing the TLSO brace all the time (except showering and when laying down in bed) for another six weeks and then we will discuss beginning to wean myself off. I can begin to use the treadmill, can drive, can resume work (I work only mornings and it's a sedentary job), and can swim. Basically, I am to listen to my body --- if it hurts, don't do it. I've been walking between 1-2.5 miles per day. Feeling really good --- still using 3 Lortab and 3 Flexeril each day. Need to begin weaning off that.

    I'm so grateful for how well my recovery has gone. Thanks for all your encouraging words! Thanks most of all for your prayers --- Our God is an Awesome God!
    Thanks for such uplifting news. Surgery scheduled for May 16th and am very interested to see how everyone does when coming home. I hope my recovery goes as well as yours. All the best to you with your continued healing!

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    great news, keep up the good work!
    __________________________________________
    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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    glad to hear that everything is going so well
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

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