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    2 years post op and all is well

    Hi All - I haven't been on here in quite a while but thought I'd check in. I had my 2 year post op check up with Dr Bridwell in St Louis Aug 31. Everything looked good and is holding well and he said that the fusion looks really good. I've had no problems and have been playing a lot of golf, working out with a trainer once a week, doing pretty much everything (except heavy lifting and no bending over to lift anything). I don't have to go back for a year! Just wanted everyone who is considering surgery to know that there are a lot of success stories out there.

    Lisa
    Age 56
    Wore a Milwaukee Brace for 3 years in hs
    Fused L4-S1 for high grade spondylolisthesis Jan '09 in Indy
    Thoracic 68
    Surgery Aug 31, 2010 T3 to L1
    Dr Bridwell St Louis
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...1&d=1289881696

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    Lisa,
    Glad to hear it! I remember you saying: "I don't even think about my back anymore." Can't wait until I get to that point!! I'm 6-7 months post-op. We should so lunch soon!

    Cheers,
    Evelyn
    age 48
    80* thoracolumbar; 40* thoracic
    Reduced to ~16* thoracolumbar; ~0* thoracic
    Surgery 3/14/12 with Dr. Lenke in St. Louis, T4 to S1 with pelvic fixation
    Broken rods 12/1/19; scheduled for revision fusion L1-L3-4 with Dr. Lenke 2/4/2020
    Not "confused" anymore, but don't know how to change my username.

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    Good to hear from you. I emailed you the day before your surgery but don't know if you ever received it. Sounds like you're doing well. i'd love to do lunch when you feel up to it. Let me know. Take care!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Confusedmom View Post
    Lisa,
    Glad to hear it! I remember you saying: "I don't even think about my back anymore." Can't wait until I get to that point!! I'm 6-7 months post-op. We should so lunch soon!

    Cheers,
    Evelyn
    Age 56
    Wore a Milwaukee Brace for 3 years in hs
    Fused L4-S1 for high grade spondylolisthesis Jan '09 in Indy
    Thoracic 68
    Surgery Aug 31, 2010 T3 to L1
    Dr Bridwell St Louis
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...1&d=1289881696

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    Hi, Lisa,
    It's so good to hear from you, again. You are four months ahead of me and gave me a lot of encouragement. I remember sharing that we both enjoyed playing golf. I've been playing since February and it's been better than I ever expected. I'm glad to hear that you are doing so well.
    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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    Hi Lisa,

    It is so nice to hear reports like that! Thank you for sharing.

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    Great report!

    Hi Lisa,

    Congratulations on receiving such a great report! It's so encouraging to hear from those like yourself who have returned to your favorite activities like golf.

    Donna
    Female - 49 yrs old at surgery
    Surgery 5/5/11 - Dr. Bridwell, St. Louis
    Fused T3-L3
    60 degree thoracic curve corrected to 30 degrees
    Tennis player & returning to the courts!
    http://s1050.photobucket.com/profile/walkingmom1/index

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    Nice report! Gives those of us more to look forward to.

    Thanks!
    Tamena

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    Lisa--
    Good to hear from you--and with such a great report! That's awesome. 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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    What a good news post! Glad things turned out so well for you Lisa!
    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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    The lifting restriction is typically lifted sometime between 3-6 months. I'm unclear as to why some patients are told that it's permanent.
    Never argue with an idiot. They always drag you down to their level, and then they beat you with experience. --Twain
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    Surgery 2/10/93 A/P fusion T4-L3
    Surgery 1/20/11 A/P fusion L2-sacrum w/pelvic fixation

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    I believe lifting is OK as long as you bend your knees and keep your back straight. There is a right and a wrong way to lift even if you have never had back problems. I am glad you are doing so well Lisa. It is a definite encouragement to those considering surgery.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaRacine View Post
    The lifting restriction is typically lifted sometime between 3-6 months. I'm unclear as to why some patients are told that it's permanent.
    Hi Linda- since I was originally fused in Indy for spondylolisthesis L4-S1 and then Dr Bridwell fixed the scoliosis and fused me from T3- L1. He just wants me to be careful lifting so we can preserve my infused area L1-l4. He said not to bend over to lift anything heavy. I can lift; just wants me to watch how I do it and not overly heavy. Trying not to fuse L1-L4 area.
    Age 56
    Wore a Milwaukee Brace for 3 years in hs
    Fused L4-S1 for high grade spondylolisthesis Jan '09 in Indy
    Thoracic 68
    Surgery Aug 31, 2010 T3 to L1
    Dr Bridwell St Louis
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...1&d=1289881696

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    That's great news, Lisa!

    I believe my lifting restrictions are also due to the lower unfused vertebrae. BLTs restrictions. But I just had my 5 year appt. and everything looks excellent. When I overdo, my lower back acts up and so does my sciatica. I can tell that I can't lift heavy amounts. It hurts in my lower back and pelvic area.
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    67 and plugging along...
    2007 52 w/ severe lumbar stenosis & L2L3 lateral listhesis (side shift)
    5/4/07 posterior spinal fusion T2-L4 w/ laminectomies and osteotomies @L2L3, L3L4
    Dr. Kim Hammerberg, Rush Univ. Medical Center in Chicago

    Corrected to 15
    CMT (type 2) DX in 2014, progressing
    NEW 10/2018 x-rays show spondylolisthesis at L4/L5 - Dr. DeWald is monitoring

    Click to view my pics: pics of scoli x-rays digital x-rays, and pics of me

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    Hi Lisa

    Its nice to see the good report!

    Now at 2 years, do you think you are 100% completely through your recovery? Are you past the fatigue stage?

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 61, the new 61...
    Pre surgery curves 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

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