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  1. #16
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    Pam

    Oh boy, well time to get it done....you will do just fine.

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 60, the new 55...
    Pre surgery curves C12,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

  2. #17
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    Thanks everyone

    It provides tons of encouragement that others have made it thru successfully. Hasn't been a lot of time to fret due to all the prep but reality has set in tonite. I humbly apprecIate all the prayers and well wishes. Hubby will post here hopefully since I gave him a brief iPad tutorial lesson tonight. See you on the other side!
    Pam, age 49
    Thoracolumbar curves 80 and 40 corrected to 20 degrees
    April 20, 2012 surgery with Dr. Lenke
    T-3 to sacrum

  3. #18
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    Pam,

    Good luck tomorrow! When you're back in the swing of things, you might want to change your signature since your date was moved.

    -- Best wishes,
    Mary

  4. #19
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    thinking of you...and hoping for a smooth recovery, you are in good hands. See you on the otherside
    Spring
    42 yrs old
    Milwaukee braced 1983 to 1989
    was told my curves would never progress
    at 19yrs old 1991, T30-L38
    2010, T38-L56--progression in one year 2011, T40-L67
    new diagnosis-kyphoscoliosis, DDD, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, 73 degree Kyphosis
    Surgery 1-09-12....10 hrs all posterior T4-sacrum & 2 cages
    Dr. Lenke-St. Louis Mo.
    Surgery to clean out infection 2-10-12
    Revision for broken rods 1-23-14

  5. #20
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    1st update

    This is Pam's husband. I received the 1st update at 8am as promised. Things are proceeding fine. They started the procedure at 7. We got here at 4 and they carried her back to the OR at 6. I'll give another update later this morning. Thanks for the thoughts and prayers.
    Pam, age 49
    Thoracolumbar curves 80 and 40 corrected to 20 degrees
    April 20, 2012 surgery with Dr. Lenke
    T-3 to sacrum

  6. #21
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    Thank you for the update! Keep them coming. I will be praying for Pam all day! I am confident she will do very well.

    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.

  7. #22
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    2nd update

    I got update 2 at 10:15...they have a couple of screws in the bottom...no ETA yet but the nurse said it was progressing nicely. With the short notice of the surgery Pam didn't have much time to get nervous, but it hit us pretty hard this morning. I think the knowledge from this forum probably helped lessen that some.

    I'll post another update tis afternoon
    Pam, age 49
    Thoracolumbar curves 80 and 40 corrected to 20 degrees
    April 20, 2012 surgery with Dr. Lenke
    T-3 to sacrum

  8. #23
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    3rd update

    So far so good. They're putting rods in now. Should be done by 2pm
    Pam, age 49
    Thoracolumbar curves 80 and 40 corrected to 20 degrees
    April 20, 2012 surgery with Dr. Lenke
    T-3 to sacrum

  9. #24
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    Postop update

    I just spoke w/ Dr. L and he says everything went great...she is in recovery now. I'll post again later. TY for all the thoughts and prayers
    Pam, age 49
    Thoracolumbar curves 80 and 40 corrected to 20 degrees
    April 20, 2012 surgery with Dr. Lenke
    T-3 to sacrum

  10. #25
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    Great news! Stay with her if you can tonight. She might need your advocacy for pain control or whatever. At any rate it will make her feel better to have you there. So glad to hear it went well!!!

    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.

  11. #26
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    Postop update2

    I just left the recovery room. It took about an hour but they did get her pain under control. She is taking some ice chips now and moving her hands and feet a little. That's all for now, we will give another update tomorrow.
    Pam, age 49
    Thoracolumbar curves 80 and 40 corrected to 20 degrees
    April 20, 2012 surgery with Dr. Lenke
    T-3 to sacrum

  12. #27
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    Good news on the surgery being successful.

    Saying prayers for a safe an uneventful recovery!
    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

  13. #28
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    You are in my thoughts and prayers! I am 65 and just starting this journey and may have surgery in the future, so let us know how you do and give suggestions. Sounds like you have lots of support and that you are in a supportive place. Best of luck! Take care of yourself!

  14. #29
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    Many thanks to Pam's husband for keeping us up to date. Please tell her she is in our thoughts and we wish her well. Take care of yourself, this is going to be hard on you as well. But you'll both get there, and life is going to be so much better.
    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

  15. #30
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    Hey! I think this is you on Dr. Hey's blog!!! TL curve by Lenke on a 48 yo!

    http://drlloydhey.blogspot.com/2012/...e-and-hey.html
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

    No island of sanity.

    Question: What do you call alternative medicine that works?
    Answer: Medicine


    "We are all African."

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