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    This One Was For the Team!

    I truly doubted if I would ever play decent golf after my surgery and I was okay with that. Enjoying beautiful scenery and good friends is by far the most important aspect of the game of golf. After not playing for close to 15 months, I started trying to develop a new swing with no twisting and surprisingly, my game last summer, while challenging, was better than I had hoped. After placing fourth and second in two tournaments that I had preivously won before surgery, I decided that I really wanted to win the annual Waterloo Country Club Championship for my scoli friends. It gave me extra incentive to think of winning it for the "team". This was my 25th win of the tournament, but other than the first win, this one was the most meaningful. The club's awards banquet was last night and the presenter of the trophies said after major back surgery and not playing for over a year, "She's back." I attached a new picture in the photobucket link in my signature. Thanks so much for all of your presurgery support and also during my recovery.
    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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    Way to go! Glad that you are doing great
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

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    Loved your golf swing!
    Susan
    Adult Onset Degenerative Scoliosis @65, 25* T & 36* L w/ 11.2 cm coronal balance; T kyphosis 90*; Severe disc degen T & L stenosis

    2013: T3- S1 Fusion w/ ALIF L4-S1/XLIF L2-4, PSF T4-S1 2 surgeries
    2014: Hernia @ ALIF repaired; Emergency screw removal Spinal Cord Injury T4,5 sec to PJK
    2015: Revision Broken Bil T & L rods and no fusion: 2 revision surgeries; hardware P. Acnes infection
    2016: Ant/Lat Lumbar diskectomy w/ 4 cages + BMP + harvested bone
    2018: Removal L4,5 screw

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    Congratulations, Karen! You look beautiful and happy in that picture.

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    Way to go Karen. Congratulations!
    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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    Karen,

    You rock! What an inspiration!

    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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    Heartiest congratulations Karen!
    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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    Good show!

    I knew you could do it after I grabbed that driver about a year ago and gave it a whirl. Iím not a golfer, but it sure seemed like I had more control with my swing. It felt pretty good. What do you think? Does full fusion add more control with the swing?

    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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    Amazing Karen! What an inspiration you are!
    Vic
    30 yr old, Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, Dbl compensatory curve, diagnosed age 14
    Rt Thoracic approx 60 degrees
    Lft Lumbar approx 60 degrees
    Proposed 2 stage A/P fusion T4-L4 or L5 (TBC)
    Consultant - Stewart Tucker, RNOH
    Seeking Second opinion - James Wilson Macdonald, Manor Hospital, Oxford
    Love my friends, family, the island of Mallorca, and eating great food!
    My Pre-Surgery X-Rays
    (Front Xray) http://i48.tinypic.com/mvlusw.jpg
    (Side Xray) http://i48.tinypic.com/s2f6na.jpg

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    Way to go

    Karen,

    Golf is something that I do a few times a year. I am absolutely terrible at it. You are my inspiration to go out there and do a better job after I have my surgery. Sounds like I will have to tell my golf partner that she is going to have to wait a year for me to get into the swing of things. Libby

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    Aw, Karen, that is so COOL! Thanks for sharing! You are amazing!
    nancy
    Age 58
    Surgery w/ Dr Lenke August 23, 2010
    original curves 91 thoracic, 86 lumbar
    fused T1 to sacrum, new curves 50 and 45

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    You are truely amazing!

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    You can be our Poster Child for what you have accomplished on the golf course following surgery! Way to go!
    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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    very fun news

    Congratulation on your win. Reading your post and others like it help me stay positive about my surgery.

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    Congratulations! It amazes me how so many of us adapt to do things we used to do...but in a slightly different way. For now the new ways are our new 'normal.'

    Keep up the good work!!
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    Debbe - 50 yrs old

    Milwalkee Brace 1976 - 79
    Told by Dr. my curve would never progress

    Surgery 10/15/08 in NYC by Dr. Michael Neuwirth
    Pre-Surgury Thorasic: 66 degrees
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 66 degrees

    Post-Surgery Thorasic: 34 degrees
    Post-Surgery Lumbar: 22 degrees

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