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  1. #1
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    3 Years

    Today is my 3rd anniversary. At my 2nd year follow up, Dr. Hu said she didn't need to see me anymore, unless I felt something was wrong. So, since I didn't have to show up for check ups anymore, I sent my dear doctor flowers instead.

    At a risk of sounding like a cliche, I want to say that this woman changed my life and I am forever grateful. I am pain free, tall and straight. Working out, swimming, doing zumba and wearing anything I want. I wear my scar with pride, like a badge of honor. A couple of days ago, approaching my anniversary, I wore a dress with a v-cut on back to the bra line, that showed off my scar. Call me weird, but it was a celebration of my strength and I wanted people to see my scar!

    Wishing good luck to all of you, contemplating, waiting and recovering!
    Last edited by Irina; 03-07-2016 at 11:56 PM.
    I am stronger than scoliosis, and won't let it rule my life!
    45 years old - diagnosed at age 7
    A/P surgery on March 5/7, 2013 - UCSF

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    Go Irina! Not weird at all.
    Susan
    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

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    Congratulations on 3 years Irina! So glad that it all went well....

    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 that every thing worked so well for you
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

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    Congratulations Irena, 3 years and all is well, that is great!
    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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    Congrats, Irina!!
    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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    Congratulations, Irina! I'm glad you're doing so well!
    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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    Great news, Irina! Congratulations on this special milestone.

    On this subject but not worth a new post, I just passed my 7 year anniversary and all's well. At almost 65, most of the time, I forget I've got rods T4 - Sacrum. Thank you Dr. Geoffrey Askin, forever grateful.
    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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    Congratulations, Jennifer on your seven years and thank you everyone. I have a question to those of you who have grandkids. Are we allowed to lift babies? No grandkids in the picture yet, but my daughter is 25 and has a wonderful boyfriend... So I am wondering...
    I am stronger than scoliosis, and won't let it rule my life!
    45 years old - diagnosed at age 7
    A/P surgery on March 5/7, 2013 - UCSF

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    At six months my surgeon told me not to lift over 10kg. At my one year appt. the only restrictions I was given was no running (to protect the unfused portion at the top of my spine,) no trampolining etc. I haven't seen my surgeon since that one year appt. and I did lift my grandchildren when they were little. Enjoy!
    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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