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Thread: Life after surgery?

  1. #1
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    Life after surgery?

    Once again hello to all!
    The theme for posting this thread is that I want to know that which type of life you people are living after your surgery...?
    In which way surgery is affecting, is it seems to be a hurdle in your activities,how many of you still bear pain,what are the sitting capacity...?

    Please share your experiences......
    Am waiting for your replies

    REGARDS
    FATIMA

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    Hi Fatima,

    Great questions! In a nutshell, I am able to LIVE my life as a result of surgery. Preop I was mostly bedridden with pain and became an observer of life. Now I'm a participant in life! Read my blog starting at the July posts to see what I've been up to in regards to activity levels http://thebionicachronicles.blogspot.com/

    Warmly,
    Doreen
    44 years old at time of surgery, Atlanta GA

    Pre-Surgery Thorasic: 70 degrees, Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 68 degrees, lost 4 inches of height in 2011
    Post-Surgery curves ~10 degrees, regained 4 inches of height

    Posterior T3-sacrum & TLIF surgeries on Nov 28, 2011 with Dr. Lenke, St. Louis
    2 rods, 33 screws, 2 cages, 2 connectors, living a new life I never dreamed of!

    http://thebionicachronicles.blogspot.com/

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    From reading this forum, it seems the majority of us go on to live our lives fully. Some of us have restrictions of some kind, and a few of us have ongoing problems resulting in a decreased quality of life. Outcomes for this type of surgery vary greatly.

    For myself, I am pain-free and able to do anything I want though I do have two restrictions from my doctor: no running and no lifting over 10Kg. This is to save the vertebra above my fusion from undue stress. I can live with this, no problem, and consider the surgery, for me, to be the best thing I ever did for myself.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Doreen1 View Post
    Hi Fatima,

    Great questions! In a nutshell, I am able to LIVE my life as a result of surgery. Preop I was mostly bedridden with pain and became an observer of life. Now I'm a participant in life! Read my blog starting at the July posts to see what I've been up to in regards to activity levels http://thebionicachronicles.blogspot.com/

    Warmly,
    Doreen
    I have seen your blog that's really awsome and so helpful,I ahve seen the post-op exercises that was greatly helpful to me ..
    You are living a great life..
    Also do the prayer for me that I also live a pain free life...

    Thanks
    Fatimah

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    I'm 22mths post op and although my pain isn't as draining as pre op I'm disappointed that I'm still in pain and have to still restrict myself or I end up flat on my back waiting for the pain to subside.

    My surgeon is pretty certain its my metalwork causing it and I do have a few protruding screws which seem to rub causing digging pain in my middle back. I have decided to have ihave it removed next year-he won't do it until he's certain I'm fully fused. I'm hoping that if I get this metal removed I 'could' be on the road to a more pain free life.
    Fused T2-L4 with costoplasty on 3/11/10

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    Wish you best of luck:)

    So sad to read your story..
    I will surely pray for you that soon you may get rid of this pain because I can understand this harsh feeling..
    One question for you that you are going to remove all the metal r some of it,,and what about the rods??

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    Fatima,
    I am 15 months post op, and like bluestone, have constant discomfort. It starts in the morning with pressure/pulling in my back, and progresses to burning, pinching, and EXTREME tightness, as if a tight belt is wrapped around my torso. My x-rays and CT scan at 1 yr post op showed no problems, and my Dr. offered no comment other than to say I may have to learn to live with it. So, to say I am disappointed would be an understatement. I certainly hope you are not in the small percentage of us who are less than thrilled with our results.
    Lori in PA, 52 yrs. old
    T54/L72
    Surgery 6/7/11, T3-S1, all posterior, with pelvic anchors
    Gained 2 inches!
    Dr. Boachie, HSS, NYC
    12/10/13 Hardware Removal for infection
    Lost 2", gained PJK!

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    Feeling so sad to read about your issues...
    InshaAllah You will soon get rid of these issues....
    And i will too...

    Hoping for the best

    REGARDS
    FATIMAH
    I am more stronger than scoliosis. And I will not allow it to control my life.

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