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Thread: Having my first surgery in 3 days on 01/22/13

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    Smile Having my first surgery in 3 days on 01/22/13

    I am having a lower back surgery and counting down on the days left. This will be my first back surgery and I'm hoping that this will relieve my debilitating, disabling and severe pain that I have had for a long time. My back pain has literally prevented me from doing everything and I use to be an athlete. I know that there will be one more surgery in the future due to the severity of my scoliosis curvature but at least this surgery will relieve me from my chronic pain so that I can hopefully have a normal pain free life again. I have gone through some pre-ops process, encountered some unexpected complications but I have been cleared for the surgery today and I am very happy. I have been very strong so far and doing everything not to think about it but now as I count down the days, I am a little bit nervous since this is my first surgery.

    I am on my way to standing and walking without needing a support again. on my way to pain free.

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    Good luck with your surgery
    Kara
    25
    Brace 4-15-05-5-25-06
    Posterior Spinal Fusion 3-10-10
    T4-L2
    Before 50T
    After 20T

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    Believe me, nearly all of us are nervous. Just wanted to wish you all the very best for a great outcome and a smooth recovery.
    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 kennedy View Post
    Good luck with your surgery
    Thank you.

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    Dear life-- just about everyone is anxious, mixed with a little excitement too, just prior to their surgery. It's a HUGE step in your life and recovery is hard work, but worth it. We'll be rooting for you! Do you have someone who can post on here and let us know how you're doing after your surgery? Take care-- I'll be praying for you. Hugs, Susie
    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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    You sound like a really strong person. Trust me, I don't think anyone can honestly say they weren't nervous. Let us know how you aren doing as soon as you can. Best of luck!
    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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    Hope all goes well. I will keep you in my prayers
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

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    I'm thinking of you as your surgery date gets closer. I had never had surgery before my spine surgery so I had no idea what to expect at all. Even though the surgery was major, fused from T1 to pelvis with pelvic fixation, I was surprised when I woke up and smiled when I saw my new x-ray with my new straight spine. The pain of recovery is pretty intense for the first month or so but then you'll be super glad you had the surgery because there will be no more "injury pain" as I call it, only "healing pain". That's great that you are strong and fit going into your surgery. That helps with a speedy recovery. I'm excited for you!
    Stay strong and optimistic and you will do very well.
    1973 Age 15 diagnosed with scoliosis but told too old for surgery.
    2001 age 43 told too old for surgery, did physical therapy & traction.
    2001 to 2008 Intermittent use of home traction machine and TENS unit.
    2009 traction no longer effective - physical therapy.
    2011 More physical therapy. 2012 Collapsing scoliosis - MRI before surgery
    At age 53, surgery on October 2nd, 2012 with Dr Hey
    Fusion with titanium rods and bolts from T1 to pelvis.
    Post op x-ray

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    Just wanted to wish you the best with your surgery....

    You hang in there, its going to be ok.

    Post when you can...

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 60, the new 55...
    Pre surgery curves C12,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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    My best wishes are sent to you! I pray for an easy recovery for you. Jackie

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    Thinking of you.

    Good luck with your surgery. Mine has been moved up again to February 18th. I too am nervous but
    reading the posts on this forum have been very helpful to me.

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    Wanted to say I will be praying for you and a quick recovery.
    Tamena

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    thankyou every one for all your support.

    just an update. I am out of surgery and going through the recovery. the surgery went well. I have been transfer to a rehab center because I cant help myself on anything yet. I am in so much pain and some of the medications all too strong for my stomach. I am getting better.

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    I am amazed you can post so soon. I'm glad the surgery went well. The pain meds are extremely tough on the stomach. Best of luck for a smooth 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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    Your name says it all, "life". I hope that you are getting better. You sound like you are in great health that I am sure that you will do well. Attack rehab with the same self-discipline that you used to be an athlete.
    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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