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  1. #1
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    Willow Park, Texas
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    bending over

    I am at three months and wondering will ever be able to bend to do my toenails and other things ever again? I am fused down to the hips.

  2. #2
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    Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
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    It takes a while. I could barely do it at 12 months but now at nearly 4 years, it's much easier. You do gain a new form of flexibility, not from your vertebra, so I suppose it's your muscles which learn to stretch.
    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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    Waterloo, IL
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    It was hard for me to imagine doing anything naturally again when I was 3 months post-op. I didn't attempt to bend at all until I was 6 months and I started doing so much more after that. I quit using the sock aide around six months and finally improved on tieing my shoes after a year. Be patient and don't push it until you have your doctor's permission. You will eventually be amazed at how much you improve, even after a year.
    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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