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    Post Surgery 9 Years

    Well I havenít updated on my spine in a while. Itís been 9 years since I went under the knife for my scoliosis. I remember the day I had my surgery I was scared and excited at the same time. I was thinking geez after 7 year of dealing with this Iím finally getting it surgically corrected. I was taken to the OR around 9:45 am. The surgery took place at UC Davis Medical center it was preformed at the time Dr Gupta who since moved back to the Midwest. The 1st 5 days after surgery I donít really remember. I pretty much only remember the last day the hospital. I was had standing x-ray films, I meet with Dr Gupta, had my last PT session. I had multiple follow up appointments my most recent was actually more of a emergency. I slipped in the bathtub and the fused area of my spine bent forward. Every thing checked out fine. Now my family probably found out what caused my Scoliosis.
    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
    Possible Charcot-Marie-tooth Disease type 1A

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    Kara

    Congratulations on 9 years.

    Do you have any pain at all? Any gripping or tightness? Just wondering....

    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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    Hey Kara,

    Thanks for contributing to the forum. Your experience will help other people know what to expect.

    Sharon
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

    No island of sanity.

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    Ed I still do pain yes but itís became part of my everyday life so I donít really really think to much about it.
    Thanks Sharon that means a lot to hear
    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
    Possible Charcot-Marie-tooth Disease type 1A

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karagirly View Post
    Ed I still do pain yes but itís became part of my everyday life so I donít really really think to much about it.
    I know what you are saying....I think we get pretty good at adapting to scoliosis. You have done well.

    I went camping at the incredible Eastern Sierras south of Reno last week, (By Yosemite) and forgot my long shoe horn. I have been getting lazy these days by using my shoe horn and putting on my shoes without this tool took some extra effort (sigh).....but I did see a very large Bald Eagle at Twin Lakes, Ca which made the trip worth while.

    You cant help but notice these majestic birds with the white head and tail, they are so stunning.....perhaps they set many examples of freedom, hope, and strength etc that one thinks about....It was almost like he was sending me a message to stay strong and exercise resilience as I have been slacking lately. They will grasp a large fish they cannot lift out of a lake, and swim with their wings to get dinner to shore. Sound familiar? Almost like when we are in pain, we also find resolve, find a solution in coping with our afflictions.

    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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    Speaking of birds. I actually have pet birds.
    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
    Possible Charcot-Marie-tooth Disease type 1A

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karagirly View Post
    Speaking of birds. I actually have pet birds.
    Congratulations on 9 years, Kara! I am only 3 years out and it is people like you that are an inspiration to me. I love your positive attitude and how you don't left the negative things in life get in your way. You are a very strong girl!

    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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    Way to go! 9 years is a long time. Glad you are doing okay
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

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    Happy 9th anniversary, Kara! I am sorry this is late. I havenít checked the forum in a long time.
    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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