JuliaAnn, I too, leapt forward between 4 and 6 months. Regarding walking: I'm fused to pelvis and have a wonky gait. I'm assured it's not noticeable, but I can feel that I don't have a smooth walk. I did not have this problem prior to surgery when I had a 68 degree curve. I'm nearly 4 years post-op so I don't think it'll ever improve. I now have a 22 degree curve. I walk daily but the slight wonkiness doesn't really bother me. I have no discomfort or pain. My left shoulder is lower than my right but when I lift the heel on my left foot, my shoulder evens up perfectly. At my last surgeon's visit, at 12 months (I was then discharged,) I asked my surgeon should I use a heel lift and he said No. But didn't say why. Last year I bought one, about 1.5cm. I wear it in my walking shoes. I think it helps very slightly but it's obviously not the whole story. Perhaps I need a higher one.
I never was perfect and I guess I'm still not, however, I'm very happy with my surgery.
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