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  1. #1
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    5 years and one month postoperative

    Hey everyone I'm 5 years post-op from my surgery. Here a little report I'm working on.
    I had scoliosis shine the spring of 2004.
    I think it was in the high thirties. I was officially diagnosed in spring of 2005. I was then under the care of Dr. Lerman at Shriners children hospital in Sacramento CA. I was then placed in a Boston Brace ASAP. The orthotics who made my back brace made my foot brace when I was younger. Sadly the brace didn't work. It just slowed down the progression of the curve. So now I'm under the care of Dr. Munish Gupta an world renown spinal surgeon. March 9th 2010 I had my pre-op appt with my surgeon. I had my exam, x-rays and blood tests. The night before my surgery my family and I went out to dinner. March 10th 2010 I was admitted to the orthopedic spine service at UC Davis here in California at 6:52 AM. As I was waiting for my name to be called I was thinking after 6 years of having scoliosis I'm finally getting fixed by one of the world renown spinal surgeons in the country. When my name was called I was thinking I don't want to do this. but I now I have to. If I didn't do this my lungs would still get crushed. Anyway I got to the OR area I meet with my surgeon, anesthesiologist and neurologist. After 8 Hours in the Or I came out with 2 rods, 5 hooks, 5 wires and 8 screws. I was then moved to pacu. I was then moved to the Surgical ICU. I was there for 2.5 days until I was moved to Davis 14 orthopedic floor. I was there for 4.5 days. During my stay at UCDMC was good. I had the nicest nurses and doctors. I had so many post-op check ups the most resent being January 7th 2014. My mom and I got to uc Davis half hour early. I got my newest set of xrays done. Then went back to the waiting room for my name to be called. I was not waiting for really long. We followed her to a room that said Gupta. After a while a orthopaedic surgery resident came in the room she was really nice. I think she from the same country as my aunt. So anyway she put up my x-rays. Then she checked my walking, my muscle stanch can't pronounce it right sorry, my back which hurt and tickled. Then she want to get dr Gupta. Then after a while the door opened. It was Dr Gupta and the three other doctors. Dr Gupta had me sqwit, bend forward, bend backward, bend to the sides. He looked at my back putting pursuer on the area that was hurting. But he said the reason the area is hurting is because the fusion is finally soild now. Now my fusion is soild now it just hurt when it really cold out side but I can mange to still get around out side when it cold. I go back in two years so in 2016
    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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    Hi Kara,

    I liked reading your report and hearing all the details you remember about your experience with scoliosis and Dr Gupta. It's amazing that over 5 years have passed since then! It sounds like your back is doing very well. How is your foot doing? Did everything heal up well?

    I hope you are enjoying the spring weather. Do you still enjoy doing art?

    Take care, and thanks for posting,

    Gayle
    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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    Hi gayle yes my foot healed up well. But it still really sore If I'm on it to long
    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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    Kara,

    Thanks for the report.

    I am always amazed how you remember the small details. I went through this twice with my girls and I can't remember a lot of things. Probably the stress and fatigue.

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

    No island of sanity.

    Question: What do you call alternative medicine that works?
    Answer: Medicine


    "We are all African."

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    ^^ you have an awesome memory Kara. Congrats on this major milestone. You've done extremely well. Do you find, as I do, that I remember things as being pre-surgery and post-surgery?

    I just passed my 6th anniversary. Time has flown.
    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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    Jen I just have a really good memory
    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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    Kara

    Congrats on 5 years! You have come through with flying colors.

    Great report!

    Ed
    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
    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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    Thank you ed
    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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    Kara,
    Thank you for the report. Congratulations on 5 years!
    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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    Thank you karen
    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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