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    Surgery this Friday

    Hi everyone,

    I received news yesterday that my surgery would be this Friday, April 20th, instead of May 21st! So it has been a whirlwind of activity to prepare for surgery on such short notice 300 miles away from home but I am so grateful to have the opportunity to go ahead with the procedure. It has been a long agonizing wait. We traveled from Nashville to St. Louis arriving at 11:00 last night, full day of pre-op testing today, central line and anesthesia meeting tomorrow. We are to arrive at hospital at 4:00 AM on Friday. Wish me luck!

    Pam
    Pam, age 49
    Thoracolumbar curves 80 and 40 corrected to 20 degrees
    April 20, 2012 surgery with Dr. Lenke
    T-3 to sacrum

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    Good luck pam!!!!!!

    Hope u have a super fast, painless recovery! I have a 53 degree scoliosis and im stuck in a brace I hope to get surgery soon!

    Good luck with everything!
    Last edited by Kat3573; 04-18-2012 at 10:30 PM.
    "You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have."~Bob Marley

    “There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with.”~Harry Crews

    3+ years post op
    Fused T4-L1
    Pre-op curve: 64*
    Now no more than 15*

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    Pam--
    That's fantastic! A month early! Not having to go through the long wait is a really good thing. Best wishes to you on your surgery and have a smooth 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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    Good luck!

    Seems like a lot of people go to St. Louis, so I'm guessing you'll be in very good hands....

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    Pam,

    You will do just fine! What levels are you having fused? You are in great hands!

    Kathy
    Kathy
    46 yrs at surgery, now 50
    71 degree thoracolumbar curve corrected to 34 degrees
    8/2/2010 surgery with Dr. Lenke

    posterior T9 to sacrum with pelvic fixation

    4 osteotomies and 1 cage
    http://s1066.photobucket.com/albums/...athK_08022010/

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    Quote Originally Posted by KathK View Post
    Pam,

    You will do just fine! What levels are you having fused? You are in great hands!

    Kathy

    Fused from T-4 to sacrum . Thanks everyone.
    Pam, age 49
    Thoracolumbar curves 80 and 40 corrected to 20 degrees
    April 20, 2012 surgery with Dr. Lenke
    T-3 to sacrum

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    Hope all goes well
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

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    Great news! You've saved yourself that difficult last month, as Janet says. All the best for a great outcome 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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    Pam,

    That's my exact same levels. I think he does that a lot. You will be "easy" for him. He told me I was a 3 out of 10 on the scale of difficulty of his operations.

    Best,
    Evelyn
    age 44
    80* thoracolumbar; 40* thoracic
    Reduced to ~16* thoracolumbar; ~0* thoracic
    Surgery 3/14/12 with Dr. Lenke, T4 to S1 with pelvic fixation
    Not "confused" anymore, but don't know how to change my username.

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    Best of luck Pam. Will be praying for a successful surgery & speedy full recovery. How great that you didn't have that last full month of thinking about it all.
    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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    Thanks so much for all the well wishes. I am so thankful for this forum for all the knowledge and experience that has been invaluable. I'm sure I will have a lot more questions in the coming weeks.

    Nerves are setting in today now that I've had time to catch my breath. Have to get last minute items forgotten to pack for hospital like a button up shirt. I packed in such a hurry that I forgot and just brought t- shirts.

    Evelyn, your curves measure exactly as mine but I am a lot older than you at 48 and with a stiff twisted curve. He said I would be a 3-4 on difficulty scale.

    I will ask my husband to post updates until I am able. Thanks again everyone for all the support.

    Pam
    Last edited by TwinmomTN; 04-19-2012 at 06:43 AM.
    Pam, age 49
    Thoracolumbar curves 80 and 40 corrected to 20 degrees
    April 20, 2012 surgery with Dr. Lenke
    T-3 to sacrum

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    I think I may have seen you at Dr. Lenke's yesterday.

    I was there for my first visit. How exciting for you to almost be on the other side!

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    WooHoo!! Congrats Pat! Wishing you all the best!!
    50 years old!!!!!
    Wore Milwaulkee Brace 1976-77
    Original curve 36 degrees ( measured in the 70s)
    Advanced to 61 degrees 01/2011
    Surgery 07/11/2011
    Fused T1-L2 (curve now in the 20s!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwinmomTN View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I received news yesterday that my surgery would be this Friday, April 20th, instead of May 21st! So it has been a whirlwind of activity to prepare for surgery on such short notice 300 miles away from home but I am so grateful to have the opportunity to go ahead with the procedure. It has been a long agonizing wait. We traveled from Nashville to St. Louis arriving at 11:00 last night, full day of pre-op testing today, central line and anesthesia meeting tomorrow. We are to arrive at hospital at 4:00 AM on Friday. Wish me luck!

    Pam
    Much luck to you Pam, prayers are with you. I am scheduled for May 16th and have been waiting for about 4 months. I think the wait is worse so glad you are going early. Just think, 4 weeks earlier to having a straight pain-free back. Keep us posted.

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    Pam,
    Best of luck tomorrow. I'll be sending positive thoughts and prayers your way. Dr. Lenke and his entire team are outstanding. We'll be anxious to hear from your husband tomorrow. My fusion is also T4-sacrum.
    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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