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  1. #1
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    1 year out!

    Had my 1 year (technically 13 month) follow up. All cleared, even for snowboarding, not that I will for sure... I asked if there was a sure fire way to tell if I'm fused or not on xray (not really). Only way really is a CT scan, which my surgeon and I both want avoid because of the fact i've had lots of radiation exposure due to other diagnostic tests.

    Other than feeling the upper portion of my hardware there isn't much else that reminds me of fusion on most days.

    Next follow up is in a yr unless other problems arise. Woo.
    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



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    That is good news. I heard tonight that they predict the east part of the country will have more snow then usual this winter. Good for snow boarding!
    T10-pelvis fusion 12/08
    Fractured t-9 six days out of surgery
    C5,6,7 fusion 9/10
    PJK at t-9
    T2--T10 fusion 2/11
    Removal of left side t6-t10. 8/14
    C 4-5 fusion 11/14
    Right scapulectomy 6/15
    Right pectoralis major muscle transfer to scapula
    To replace the action of Serratus Anterior muscle 3/16

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    All right there M&M this is good news.

    We are the ones that need the heavy snowfall.....Please send it out here, all the lakes are drying up.

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 60, 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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    Glad to hear it but Ed is correct. Send us the snow please
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

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    Lets hope lots of snow for me and for those of you experiencing drought.

    I'm going to have to get over a huge mental block to go out snowboarding this season. Part of me is thinking I should wait until next season so I can be a bit more assured bone mass is solid.

    Another part of me is thinking, my next surgery (not set for sure but more likely need a C1 tumor resected) could leave me too unstable to board ever again so I should go this winter. I need a crystal ball!
    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



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    Congrats on your 1 year! I'm looking forward to my 1 yr visit in a few weeks. I'm about twice your age, so I'm hoping for a CT to confirm fusion. I can't imagine snow boarding - good for you! ( I like your idea of possibly waiting another year - just my cautious side talking)
    Peg
    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!

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    Hard to say but how do we REALLY know if we are fused or not? It seems that many report doing some sort of activity that results in rod breakage. Not due to the rods, but due to not fusing in a correct manner.

    All of us eventually fall or do some sort of crash at some point. I had mine at 10 months, tripping over a boulder camping, and planting my face into the ground quite hard. For a second there, I thought that was it, but it wasnít.

    I have also done 2 face plant crashes in deep powder while skiing, so I guess I have passed that test. You donít really know until you have fallen or crashed at some point.

    My surgeon actually ordered me to go skiing at 1 year. I walked on eggshells for a year, but he wanted me to loosen up mentally in regards to this.

    I skied at 14 months post at Park City, Utah. I have a thread here on this trip back in April 2009. I didnít crash, and took things easy which all worked out well.

    It was all part of recovery....mental and physical.

    Here is my skiing video again. Jan 2011, 3 years post. Hope this helps.....

    Ed

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tEypv3Vz8o
    49 yr old male, now 60, 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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    Congratulations on your 13 month anniversary. I'm glad you got a good report.
    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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    Congratulations on your 1 year outcome, great to hear all is good. I am going for my 6 month check up tomorrow.
    Snow boarding sounds kind of scary to me right now. But then I am also more then double your age so probably a lot more cautious.lol.
    Marianne
    rotoscoliosis, subluxation and spinal stenosis
    Surgery April 15, 2015 at age 67
    T11-L5
    Decompression with multiple discectomies
    Concord cages @ L2-3, L3-4, L4-5
    Osteotomies and local bone grafting
    Revision Feb.22, 2018
    Replaced rods
    Took out L5 disk to free up nerves
    Used BPM to help with fusing
    Fused T10-S1 with screws in pelvis

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    Quote Originally Posted by titaniumed View Post
    My surgeon actually ordered me to go skiing at 1 year. I walked on eggshells for a year, but he wanted me to loosen up mentally in regards to this.

    I skied at 14 months post at Park City, Utah. I have a thread here on this trip back in April 2009. I didn’t crash, and took things easy which all worked out well.

    It was all part of recovery....mental and physical.

    Here is my skiing video again. Jan 2011, 3 years post. Hope this helps.....

    Ed

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tEypv3Vz8o
    Oh wow glades! I'm not that good, still scared on blues... Honestly will probably stick to greens on the east coast. Everyone just bombs down here on our narrow trails.

    I got to goto Jackson Hole thanks to winning an all inclusive trip and could board down double blues there with relative ease. Was absolutely delighted to find at times I feel alone on a open wide trail. I wish mts were bigger in ny/nj.

    Tempted to goto JH again but should test my feet at at Mt close to me first.

    More surgery definitely in the future since my cervical tumor keeps growing despite the drug trial treatment everyone else is responding to. Neurosurgeon says I can schedule when I want to and fit it around my schedule. (He admits thst sounds ridiculous). Going to work on my mental block and go before I get cut up again.
    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



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    Awesome one year update Green m&m! Congratulations!
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by green m&m View Post
    Going to work on my mental block and go before I get cut up again.
    I know what your saying......

    My surgical decisions, my waiting over 34 years had everything to do with my skiing....Forget progression, forget scoliosis. Ignore it. But in the end, the extreme pain eventually made the decision for me.....

    I also broke my shoulder 10 days before my scoli surgeries hitting the hill hard in a last emotional blast.......thinking I would never ski again.....it wasnít worth the emotional distress. Not at all.

    At the time, I didnít know. Nobody knew.....and what can you do?

    I have a few photos posted below that I keep and look at every so often.

    The first one has to do with our decision. We have to visit the bear. Most of the times they wont attack, thatís rare, but still very scary.....I guess itís a mutual understanding.

    The second one shows what not to do. You never EVER run from any animals, and itís the same with us, sometimes we cant run from our surgeries. We have to be very brave and even keeled in dealing with our fears.

    The third one is me at Lake Tahoe after all my surgeries were done. My Zen theater, school of thought. Skiing is just my vehicle, always has been.

    If you do hop on a plane, come out here......snow or no snow, the scenery always helps with understanding and thinking about things.....

    Ed
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    49 yr old male, now 60, 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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    Ed that is a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing
    T10-pelvis fusion 12/08
    Fractured t-9 six days out of surgery
    C5,6,7 fusion 9/10
    PJK at t-9
    T2--T10 fusion 2/11
    Removal of left side t6-t10. 8/14
    C 4-5 fusion 11/14
    Right scapulectomy 6/15
    Right pectoralis major muscle transfer to scapula
    To replace the action of Serratus Anterior muscle 3/16

  14. #14
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    Thanks Ed!

    You have such a way with words...
    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



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