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Thread: Jerseyot: All Done, But Needed 6 surgeries, not 5...

  1. #1
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    Jun 2011
    South Jersey

    Cool Jerseyot: All Done, But Needed 6 surgeries, not 5...

    Well, I made It - barely - out of that 1st surgery on Nov.15th. All in all it was 10 hours long and I'm fused now fused T1-S1 but they didn't touch the pelvic anchors (thank God). I had an extremely hard time with bleeding (as suspected) and one of the most difficult parts was getting off of the ventilator. There is a vent number, with 14 being minimum number at which my hospital likes patient to achieve before attempting extubation. Well, my number just hovered between 6-8 for hours and hours; once a patient hits 4 crash carts are left bed side. When I hit 3 and they started manually resuscitating with the ambu bag; my Dad and aunt (my Mom was home with the kids and it was about midnight) and stopped looking at the numbers. My Dad snapped one last picture of me and later when I was feeling a lot better, he said "I was there to see you take your first breath and I was terrified that I was watching you take your last. Your eyes were soooooo scared, wide open with tears - and I knew we you could hear me" (And he was absolutely right on both accounts)

    So I recovered slowly, day by day, and 4 days after the operation, I was oozing a ton of fluid and the surgeon was very concerned about the amount of drainage. So the day before thanksgiving he puts me on the emergency surgery schedule. And then a 1 hour procedure turns into 4-1/2 hours. The fluid was infected by staph aureous, had blood clots and some evidence of CerebroSpinal Fluid. So he "power washed" it took a sample and sent it away. Before we knew, they came back saying that Infectious Disease had been notified and that I had a staph infection. And so now NOW I'm on IV Vancomycin for 2 weeks (1 week to go) --- AND IF THAT ISNT ENOUGH, a few days later, I developed BILATERAL PLEURAL EFFUSIONS - its all a miracle that sitting here talking to you about all that happened. It's been one long ride and as soon as I get home I'll upload some photos

    As for now, I'm in one of the best rehab hospitals in the Phila-metro area and if all goes well and I work as hard as possible, I will be home JUST in time for Christmas.
    Last edited by jerseyot; 12-14-2012 at 08:39 PM.
    1993/1995: PSF w/ Harrington rods T3-L4
    Jan. 24, 2012: ALIF of L4-L5, L5-S1 w/ cage spacer and BMP
    Jan. 31, 2012: PLIF of L1-S1 w/ pelvic anchors
    Scheduled Nov.15, 2012: Fusion T2-S1 w/ pelvic anchors to fix T12 fracture - BEFORE - AFTER - AFTER

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    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Southern CA
    I am so sorry that you had to go thru all of this but it seems like you are on the right track finally.

    I will keep you in my prayers

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2008

    Thank Goodness

    Hi Michele,

    Thanks goodness the surgeries are all behind you, and I'm sorry to hear what a tough time you've had! You are one tough lady.

    I know lots of us are very relieved to hear from rest up and heal. I hope you will get home for Christmas!
    Gayle, age 50
    Oct 2010 fusion T8-sacrum w/ pelvic fixation
    Feb 2012 lumbar revision for broken rods @ L2-3-4
    Sept 2015 major lumbar A/P revision for broken rods @ L5-S1

    mom of Leah, 15 y/o, Diagnosed '08 with 26* T JIS (age 6)
    2010 VBS Dr Luhmann Shriners St Louis
    2017 curves stable/skeletely mature

    also mom of Torrey, 12 y/o son, 16* T, stable

  4. #4
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    Oct 2008
    Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
    I am one of those very happy to hear you've got your surgeries behind you and are on the mend. I know I'm not alone in coming here each day to find out how you're doing. You've certainly been through the mill but it sounds like the worst is far behind you. Glad to hear you're in a great rehab hospital and there's a chance for you to be home for Christmas. I look forward to updates as your recovery progresses.
    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

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2009
    3,745 have been thru the mill, and then some!
    i am amazed you can sit up to type at all...
    so sorry you have suffered so much, and so glad the worst is hopefully over....
    it should be a great gift if you can just BE home for Christmas...
    i will hope and cross my fingers that you get there....

    thoughts and prayers for better healing days to come...
    jess...& Sparky

  6. #6
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    Jan 2009
    Ames, Iowa
    Oh, Michele, you've really had a time of it. We were all worrying and wondering. I am so glad that you are now moving in the right direction with your recovery. Continued positive thoughts are prayers coming your way and truly hope you are home for Christmas! 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.

  7. #7
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    Apr 2010
    Waterloo, IL
    I was one who checked here every single day as well as your blog. I was really becoming worried when no one had heard anything, so I was relieved to see that you had posted. You certainly had an extremely rough time, but it sounds like you are on the way to recovery. I hope you have nothing but smooth sailing from here on. It will be a wonderful Christmas when you are able to be home with your family.

    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.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Hi jerseyot,
    Glad you are feeling good enough to post. I am glad that you had a successful surgery despite the complications. I wish that you move from strength to strength every day and I am sure you will.
    Goodluck, rajma
    Congenital Scoliosis and Kyphosis
    Diagnosis at Age 42, Main Thoracolumbar curve 72 deg
    Surgery on Aug 15, 2012
    Fused T4 to L4, 2 SPOs

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Harrisburg, Pa.

    6 surgeries

    Hi Michelle...I have also been checking daily plus your blog for some news. I was thrilled to see your post but so so sorry for all you have had to go through. You are very strong and have so much faith. It wil get you through. Please keep us updated as you continue your journey back to good health.
    1963 Fusion T4-L2 for congenital scoliosis. It was a bone graft and not instrumentation
    1989 to Present....Have had chronic pain. MRI's show severe neural foraminal stenosis L2-S1, rotational scoliosis lumbar spine over 40 degrees, compression of nerve roots L5-S1, Broad Based Herniations L4-L5, L5-S
    Surgery scheduled with Dr. Bridwell on December 11, 2012
    December 11, 2012 Had surgery with Dr. Bridwell. He fused L4-L5 with rods and screws.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    May 2008

    Its good that all the surgeries are done, now try to stay strong and beat this staph....You have really been hit with a lot, but you know that soon this will be over with, and you will be home for Christmas....

    How does your back feel?

    Post when you can...

    49 yr old male, now 59, 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

    My x-rays

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    New Bern, NC
    I am so glad to hear from you. We have all been worried about you. What a tough journey this has been for you and I sincerely hope the worst is over for you and that you have a successful and easy recovery from here on in. You have been and will continue to be in my prayers.
    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
    Dr. Frank F.

    "In God We Trust" Happy moments, praise God. Difficult moments, seek God. Quiet moments, worship God. Painful moments, trust God. Every moment, thank God.

  12. #12
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Indianapolis area
    Oh, thank God you're back! I was really worried about you!!! Your story brought tears to my eyes, and I am just so happy to hear you are on the mend and on your way home to your kiddos soon. Please keep us posted about your progress.

    age 44
    80* thoracolumbar; 40* thoracic
    Reduced to ~16* thoracolumbar; ~0* thoracic
    Surgery 3/14/12 with Dr. Lenke, T4 to S1 with pelvic fixation
    Not "confused" anymore, but don't know how to change my username.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    So Good to hear from you. It sounds like you had a rough time. So glad you are on the mend!

  14. #14
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Anybody hear from Michele? Its been a while.

    49 yr old male, now 59, 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

    My x-rays

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Michele posted on her blog on December 15th that she was home. I hope she's just resting and getting better while spending much needed time with her kiddos. She went through much more of a horrible ordeal than her original post. So, Michele, if you are reading this, I hope you are feeling much better.
    Be happy!
    We don't know what tomorrow brings,
    but we are alive today!

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