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  1. #1
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    im 3 years post-op

    today im 3 years post-op
    pros
    pain free
    being able to do anything i want no bungy jumping or sky diving
    cons
    being stiff
    a year to complety recover

    a small report from when i was in the hospital. march 10 2010
    I really can't believe it. It still feels like yesterday when I was taken to the operating room.
    I remember waking up at 5:30 am because I had to be at hospital before 7 am. I was admited at 6:52 am. As I was waiting I was thinking finally after 5 years of having scoliosis I'm finally getting it fixed. So when my name was called I had to get ready for my surgery. When It time to go to the or I said bye to my family. So when I got to the or I saw my surgeon before my surgery. after 8 hours in the OR i came out with 2 rods, 8 screws, five hooks and five wires and a fusion from t4-l2. i was in the sicu for 2 days after surgery and five days in the ortho/spine unit. i had many post-op check up just had my 3 year one on 1/29/13. i have no regrets on having my scoliosis surgery done during my last year of high school
    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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    Congratulations Kara! Every anniversary is an important milestone.

    Best regards,
    Sharon
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

    No island of sanity.

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    Hi Kara,

    great news! I'm glad you are doing so well. You are two years ahead of me :~)
    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

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    congratulations, Kara.
    hope you are very proud of your courage to go thru the surgery and
    recovery....
    you are braver than i am, that's for sure,
    and i am happy for you.

    jess...& Sparky

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    Congratulations, Kara!!!

    I guess you and David have something in common. Today, when he heard the date mentioned on TV, he reminded me that it was his 9 year anniversary (since having VBS on 3/10/04).

    Time flies!
    mariaf305@yahoo.com
    Mom to David, age 17, braced June 2000 to March 2004
    Vertebral Body Stapling 3/10/04 for 40 degree curve (currently mid 20's)

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    i geuss so maria
    Kara
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    Brace 4-15-05-5-25-06
    Posterior Spinal Fusion 3-10-10
    T4-L2
    Before 50T
    After 20T

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    Congratulations Kara, You are a brave and strong woman of 21 years.
    Sally
    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. Rands735.photobucket.com/albums/ww360/butterflyfive/

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    thanks sally
    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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    Long may you have a straight and happy back, Kara!
    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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    Congrats Kara you are doing just fine!

    I hope in 3 years post op I'll be as well as you doing!
    25 Years old male with thoracic 68 degrees and lumbar 34 degrees of scoliosis.

    Straight Position: Attachment 1432
    Bent to the Right: Attachment 1430
    Bent to the Left: Attachment 1429
    Side Position: Attachment 1431
    Pelvis: Attachment 1438

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    spyros thanks
    Kara
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    Brace 4-15-05-5-25-06
    Posterior Spinal Fusion 3-10-10
    T4-L2
    Before 50T
    After 20T

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    Love hearing your Post Op report and no regrets! This is the kind of news my son (and me) love to hear since he is newly diagnosed and we are meeting with three different surgeons for consults in the next 30 days.

    Your success is so encouraging, Congrats!

    -C
    Mom to son with new straight spine 8/15/2013 T16, L16
    Pre op T65, L?
    diagnosed 2/21/13 T55, L42

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    Thanks everyone
    Kara
    25
    Brace 4-15-05-5-25-06
    Posterior Spinal Fusion 3-10-10
    T4-L2
    Before 50T
    After 20T

  14. #14
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    It's always great to hear success stories. Thanks for sharing!
    44 years old, right thoracic curve 63 degrees, thoracolumbar major curve 75 degrees, thoracic kyphosis 39 degrees.

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    Congratulations, Kara! Hope it just keeps getting better & better!
    LeighAnn
    Mom of 14yo son diagnosed Oct 2011
    Surgery 1/3/12 w Dr. Geof Cronen,
    Tampa General Hospital T3 to L1
    Jacob's pre surg curves: T58 & L31 12/28/11
    photos & xrays in "First-Time Surgery" thread "Before & After"

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