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Thread: 11 days to go!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    east coast

    11 days to go!

    I can't believe surgery date has snuck up on me completely. My life has been completely chaotic and feeling mildly under prepared.

    Had my pre-op appointments on the 2nd and I'm cleared to go. T3 to L3, shorter if possible... I was told I probably won't get much correction my curve is too stiff so the goal is to stop the progression with a balanced spine.
    30 something y.o.

    2003 - T45, L???
    2005 - T50, L31
    bunch of measurements between...

    2011 - T60, L32
    2013 - T68, L?

    Posterior Fusion Sept 2014 -- T3 - L3
    Post - op curve ~35

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
    Not long now, and you will begin recovery and this surgery will be behind you. Don't stress too much about being under-prepared - all will fall into place and people will be only too willing to help if needed. If you forget anything, remember, it's understandable, you have a lot on your mind.

    Best wishes! I hope you get the best result possible and have a smooth ride through recovery. Let us know, won't you?!
    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

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Waterloo, IL
    Best of luck with a successful surgery and smooth recovery.

    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.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Best wishes for a successful surgery and a flawless recovery. Take care of yourself and rest before surgery.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Grove City, OH
    Sending positive thoughts & prayers your way!
    61 yrs old
    75 degree lumbar curve with thoracic kyphosis
    T3 - S1 surgery with Dr. Buchowski in St. Louis, on 10/27/14
    Working on healing in Columbus, Ohio!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Yacolt, WA
    Everyone is chaotic and feels unprepared and scared. Reassuring that you are right where you should be!

    Remember, all that you need the day of surgery is to show up buck naked with your insurance card. There's no studying, buying Cliff's Notes, no test.

    From your postings, you seem well prepared mentally for the surgery. Then again, nobody is truly prepared. Once you wake up from surgery, you are on the road to recovery and the next chapter in your life.

    I am sending you relaxing and healing thoughts. There's an active life waiting for you after surgery. Keep us posted.

    Hugs for reassurance, Susan
    Last edited by susancook; 09-10-2014 at 03:34 PM.
    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

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Southern CA
    Keep thinking on what will when you get through surgery.

    That is the prize


    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

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