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Thread: WOOOO HOOOO, Finally....I've got a surgery date- It's going to be March 13, 2019

  1. #31
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    Quote Originally Posted by jborden View Post
    Ed, how many inches did you get back?
    On my waist? You don't want to know. I am getting so heavy these days, I am going to change my user name to Ed Zeppelin....

    On my height, 4 inches. I had (5) PEEK spacers installed from the front, they are 13mm thick, so that alone is 2.559 or a tad over 2-1/2" of plastic in my lumbar spine. My lumbar was in really bad shape. I never expected it to come out the way it did, and I have zero problems in my lumbar spine. It took me years to even believe it, and my surgeon just shakes his head.

    I remember when Kathy called me from the hotel room a few days after her surgeries at Twin, but I don"t think she remembers.(smiley face)

    Leanne set the record.... She called me 3 hours after getting off the table (Full Fusion) and sounded pretty good. I couldn't believe it. John JDM555 also posted here just a few hours after his surgery many years ago....

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by jborden View Post
    Hi Y'all,

    Thank you for all the kind words and advise. I agree, I have gotten a lot of information and confidence from your messages.

    Looking at my latest x-rays blows my mind. How can I still be standing, breathing.... T4-11 57.5 degrees, T11-L3 is 84.6 degrees. Kyphosis is 67.3 degrees and Lordosis is 43.7 degrees. I don't recognize my body when I see these films. I'm only 5' 3/4" now and I used to be 5' 4 1/2". so my organs/ stomach are all crammed together. Looking forward to taking in a deep breath.

    Ed, how many inches did you get back?

    I will update you all as soon as possible.

    Again, I can't tell you what a lifeline you have been. Only we truly understand all that this does to us....physically, mentally and emotionally.

    Much Love,

    Jenson
    I gained two inches after my surgery
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

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    I was 5 feet 5 inches before my surgery. Iím now 5 foot 6.5 inches taller. I Gained 1.5 inches from my surgery
    Kara
    Age 27
    Boston Brace Apr 15 2005 to May 25 2006
    Posterior Spinal Fusion March 10 2010
    T4-L2
    Before T50 and L35
    After T20 and L17
    Possible Neruomuscular scoliosis

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    Quote Originally Posted by titaniumed View Post
    On my waist? You don't want to know. I am getting so heavy these days, I am going to change my user name to Ed Zeppelin....


    I remember when Kathy called me from the hotel room a few days after her surgeries at Twin, but I don"t think she remembers.(smiley face)


    Ed
    LOL! You are right Ed, I don't remember talking to you!!

    Jenson - I gained 2 inches after my surgery. I also have 5 Spacers in my lumbar region.

    Kathy
    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

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    Its hard to remember things or talking with people after our surgeries. I don't remember my visitors for the first week....

    Dr Hey should be operating on Jenson right now.

    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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    I was 4' 10" before surgery and thought that I might qualify for Little People of America club. I gained about 3" with surgery.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by KathyInIowa View Post
    LOL! You are right Ed, I don't remember talking to you!!
    Yeah, its funny, we can talk away and we don't remember....

    This reminds me of Rod Serling and the Twilight Zone. Deep anesthesia is like a dimension of imagination.....

    (this will bring back some old memories)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzlG28B-R8Y

    The thing is, all of us that have done scoliosis surgery have been there....and some of us, many times.

    Anesthesia is not something to be afraid of....Most of our fears are not necessary.

    There have been studies on this matter for initial patients, but I have not seen this for revision patients. It almost deserves its own thread. It seems that many revision patients have little or no anesthesia related anxiety walking back in because they know what to expect.

    I wasn't too afraid for my scoliosis surgeries because I was under for a previous surgery. I don't know how or if this affected my outcome. I am thinking it was positive.

    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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