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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2016

    Lawrence Lenke, M.D. Miracle Worker

    DOS: 10 July 2017 Length of procedure: 13.5 hours Wake up time: 2.5 hours Showing his extraordinary level of commitment, Dr. Lenke stayed until I was sufficiently awake. Which meant he was with me from 7:15 AM until almost Midnight. The huge doses of Fentanyl and Ketamine used to assure my sedation made the wake up procedure a bit dicey as my heart stopped 5 times. The dissociate dose of Ketamine is something I would have difficulty describing, suffice to say it is something I would never want to experience again. Day 5 post op I experienced an episode of AFib, which set my recovery back a bit. Dr. Lenke assured me this is not uncommon in persons who have experienced extremely long periods of GA. The Allen Spine Hospital staff were exceptional. I consider myself extremely lucky to have been able to avail myself of Dr. Lenke's phenomenal surgical skills and also his extraordinary devotion to his patients. Chet
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Sioux City, Iowa
    Hi Chet. I have been wondering how you are doing. I'm glad to see you are posting. I hope your recovery goes well. We all know it is a long road, but every day is a new day.
    Decompression surgery L4/L5
    April 3, 2015
    Twin Cities Spine Center - Dr. Joseph Perra
    Fused from T11 - Sacrum anterior/posterior
    June 24, 2016 - 55 years old at surgery
    Twin Cities Spine Center - Dr. Joseph Perra
    Before Surgery: 42 degrees lumbar, 28 degrees thoracic
    After Surgery: 10 degrees lumbar, ?? Thoracic
    2 inches taller

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2008

    You have got some hardware! and so straight! All I can say is Wow!

    It is a tough recovery, but its worth it. I know its survival mode right now, but it does get better.

    Hang in there

    49 yr old male, now 61, the new 61...
    Pre surgery curves 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

    My x-rays

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Waterloo, IL
    I am so thankful that Dr. Lenke was my surgeon when he was in St. Louis. I am wishing you a smooth recovery. It takes patience, but so worth it! I am back to all of my presurgery activities, but with less pain and a straight back.

    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.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2016

    Hi Chet! We are all wondering how you are.......

    Quote Originally Posted by KathyInIowa View Post
    Hi Chet. I have been wondering how you are doing. I'm glad to see you are posting. I hope your recovery goes well. We all know it is a long road, but every day is a new day.

    Hi Chet,

    I've been thinking about you for sometime now. I hope and pray for you and your recovery. I prayed very fervently for you both before and after your surgery, so I'm trusting that God has been with you through out all of this.


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