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    Good news from Dr. Lenke!

    Hi all,
    I finially had my consultation with Dr. Lenke. It was great to hear him say that I am treatable. I thought he was wonderful. He checked me over and then talked to me and said he could fix me. And he explained it all to me so I could understand it very well. His technique has a lot to do with it. And a lot of other things. The down side is because he is world renowned and does people from all around the world, I have to wait till Feb.18th for surgery. It sounds like a long time, but I'm convinced that he can fix me, so it's worth the wait. He wants me to do some excersizes at home to stregthen the muscles and stretch other ones. Especially down in between my hip and groin. I bend there a lot and that needs to be pulled staight everyday and strengthened, so when he does fuse me I have good muscle strength in those areas.(to stand straight) Anyway, I also need to have some vit. D tests done. He said if I am low on D, that no amount of Forteo would help. And I havn't had good readings for bone scans, even though I am on the Forteo.
    ALL IN ALL I AM FLYING PRETTY HIGH! He left me feeling full of HOPE. His staff are wonderful. I thought so anyway. They were helpful and made me feel comfortable. So I would recommend him to anyone that is in a serious situation. He takes mostly the very serious cases.
    YOUR HAPPY SPINAL DEFORMED FRIEND!! Boomer~~~~ P.S. I met Jeromy and Doreen in the Hotel Lobby. Doreen was there for her 6mo.check up and did great. They're great people!!!
    Linda Brozik~~60 yrs. old at time of Lenke's first surgery. 62 now!
    Surgery 2006 L3/4 L4/5 double fusion/ instumentation/ With 2 cages
    This started adult onset scoliosis
    July 1st, 2010/ surgery ~~fused T10 to pelvis (long rods/ screws)
    Oct.20th 2010, extended rods to T4 / did osteotomy at L3
    Oct. 29th 2012 Dr. Lenke St. Louis Mo. T4 to sacrum osteotomy anterior cage L3/4 titanium rods
    May 30th 2013 revision
    May 8th cervicle surgery 2016
    May 31st Dr. Gupta revision 2017

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    I am glad that you have found a Doctor that can help you
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

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    Linda--
    That is wonderful news that Dr. Lenke can help you. The wait seems long but it gives you the opportunity to get yourself in the best condition possible. I'm really happy for you. 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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    Linda,
    I was anxiously waiting to hear if Dr. Lenke could help you. Wonderful! Having the best surgeon possible is crucial and he is definitely at the top of the list.
    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
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    Retired Kdgn. Teacher

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    Before and After Picture of back 1/7/11
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    Great news!
    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
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    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by Doodles View Post
    Linda--
    That is wonderful news that Dr. Lenke can help you. The wait seems long but it gives you the opportunity to get yourself in the best condition possible. I'm really happy for you. Janet
    .Hi Janet! Hope all is fine with you. I am so excited about making an appt, with Dr.Linke. Dr. Perra in Minneapolis wouldn't even talk to me about an appt. (not even a follow up). I asked Dr. Lenke how he would get the screws and bolts etc. to stay? He said he would use bigger, stronger, and better equipment, plus many other things too numerous to mention. That made me feel good. He has me on a cancellation list just in case something would happen that I might get in earlier! I SEE you had quite a few osteotomies. He's going to do at least two on me. And he will use BMP mixed with my own bone that has been shaved away to help fuse my spine. I am so comfortable with him,I am thrilled! Thanks for your kind words and support!! Linda.
    Linda Brozik~~60 yrs. old at time of Lenke's first surgery. 62 now!
    Surgery 2006 L3/4 L4/5 double fusion/ instumentation/ With 2 cages
    This started adult onset scoliosis
    July 1st, 2010/ surgery ~~fused T10 to pelvis (long rods/ screws)
    Oct.20th 2010, extended rods to T4 / did osteotomy at L3
    Oct. 29th 2012 Dr. Lenke St. Louis Mo. T4 to sacrum osteotomy anterior cage L3/4 titanium rods
    May 30th 2013 revision
    May 8th cervicle surgery 2016
    May 31st Dr. Gupta revision 2017

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    You need to change your signature now
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

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    Quote Originally Posted by mabeckoff View Post
    You need to change your signature now
    I changed my signature. It felt so good to be able to change it.
    Linda Brozik~~60 yrs. old at time of Lenke's first surgery. 62 now!
    Surgery 2006 L3/4 L4/5 double fusion/ instumentation/ With 2 cages
    This started adult onset scoliosis
    July 1st, 2010/ surgery ~~fused T10 to pelvis (long rods/ screws)
    Oct.20th 2010, extended rods to T4 / did osteotomy at L3
    Oct. 29th 2012 Dr. Lenke St. Louis Mo. T4 to sacrum osteotomy anterior cage L3/4 titanium rods
    May 30th 2013 revision
    May 8th cervicle surgery 2016
    May 31st Dr. Gupta revision 2017

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