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    7 Year Anniversary Today

    I was just browsing through Facebook and noticed the date and suddenly realized that today is my 7 year anniversary! I never believed that I could overlook the date of my scoliosis surgery. Because of this forum, I had the courage to go through with the surgery. When you live in a small town, one usually doesn't know anyone else who has had scoliosis surgery. It helped me so much to get support from others going through the surgery at the same time as I was as well as those who had months or years of recovery. Being an avid golfer, it was hard to wait over a year before playing again, but it was so worth it! My rib hump is gone and my back is straight. I can stand for hours with no back pain, where 2-3 minutes of standing before surgery was painful. I am golfing, tap dancing, bike riding, gardening, etc. Life is good! Best of luck to all of you with upcoming surgeries and with your recoveries!

    Dr. Lenke, my surgeon, is no longer in St. Louis so I will be seeing Dr. Gupta in two weeks for new x-rays. I hope I get 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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    Woo...Hoo....Karen....

    Congratulations on your anniversary! You came out great!

    I'm coming up on my 10th Year on the 29th of January.....10 years ago, I was a zombie at this time, like Curly used to say, "Hey Moe, I try to think and nothing happens". What would we do without the humor! LOL

    How is your neck doing? Just wondering....

    Are we supposed to go back in? Did they notify you about coming in for a checkup?

    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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    Ed,
    It's always goods to hear from you. I check in and read posts periodically and always appreciate your humor as well as the good information. Dr. Gupta (he replaced Dr. Lenke in St. Louis) told me I didn't need to come back for 5 years when I went for my 5 year check up two years ago, however, I am in a study with Dr. Bridwell who recommended that those who have had surgery see their surgeon every year or two. Since I am only 30 minutes from St. Louis, I made an appointment. I am not experiencing any pain, but would like to be reassured that everything is still looking good. I also have some questions about some specific exercises, such as, sit-ups, toe touches, jumping jacks, etc. that we do in some of my classes. I don't want to do anything that would jeopardize the vertebrae above my fusion.
    I am sorry for your loss of your friend.

    Karen
    Do you remember when you hit a golf ball to show me that it's possible with a fused spine? I think you impressed yourself!
    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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    Congrats on 7 years karen
    Kara
    Soon to be 26
    Braced at 13 years old
    Posterior Spinal Fusion March 10th 2010
    Age at the of surgery 18 years old
    Preop Curves 50T and 39L
    Postop Curves 20T and 17L

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    Quote Originally Posted by golfnut View Post
    Do you remember when you hit a golf ball to show me that it's possible with a fused spine? I think you impressed yourself!
    Thx Karen! Of course I do! I was amazed at the increased control and stability while driving those balls.


    Its hard to impress ourselves or others after such a monumental undertaking like scoliosis surgery recovery. When an achievement happens, its a good thing.


    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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    Congratulations on the milestone. I just passed 9 years in December. It is hard to believe. I have hit a few big walls to scale over though. I'm in cruise mode at the moment.
    I will however see my surgeon this coming week. It has been a year since I last talked to him. It will be interesting to see what he says about me being diagnosed with arachnoiditis.
    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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    Jackie,
    I had to look up arachnoidtis as I am not familiar with it. Please let us know what your surgeon says.
    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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    Thanks, Marianne. How are you getting along?

    Karen

    I am still waiting for surgery date, the short list here seems to be a long list.
    If we could afford to go to the USA I would have it done there.
    So am just coping until I get a call.
    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 to S1 with screws in pelvis

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