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  1. #31
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    Well some disappointing news-- the surgery needs to be postponed. I think maybe right before Thanksgiving. I got an abrasion on my back from the Velcro on the sling. It has to totally heal so I'll be checked on Nov 1
    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

  2. #32
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    Jackie, sounds like you could use some tape for a quick fix on your strap....

    There are some really good video's lately, here are 2 anatomy vid's you might find interesting.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3GVKjeY1FM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAdpqjaFU0s

    I get a kick out of Dr Sechrest mentioning that the shoulder is an elegant "piece of machinery".

    I never thought of it as having my "machinery fused". (smiley face)

    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

  3. #33
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    Thanks Ed. I need something for sure. It is a great disappointment. The best I know is a few days before I discovered the abrasion ,I stepped into a depression on the grass. It jerked my whole right side and I felt a pinch on my back. A few days later someone told me the back of my shirt was wet. The abrasion had formed a blister that broke. Since I don't have that kind of feeling from all of the spine surgeries i did not know. Once discovered I had to have it checked out. The neurosurgeon team informed my surgeon for this scapulothorasic fusion and he wanted to see it. So once he did that he cancelled surgery until it heals. It looks like a deeply shined knee.
    I go back on Nov. 1 for a recheck to see if we can proceed.
    The videos are great. Just think one of the muscles faked for me. It literally rolls up if I contract it. So no wonder the sling and shoulder blade were able to pinch the skin. It is litterly skin over bone.
    It's healing but taken its sweet time.
    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

  4. #34
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    Hi there Jackie, I am only occasionally on the forum but wanted to wish you the best with your 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

  5. #35
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    Hi Susan, thanks for the well wishes. I am on hold with this surgery due to an abrasion on my back. It is healing very slowly. I am starting wound care next week. If it doesn't heal soon surgery will postponed until January
    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

  6. #36
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    Quote Originally Posted by jackieg412 View Post
    Hi Susan, thanks for the well wishes. I am on hold with this surgery due to an abrasion on my back. It is healing very slowly. I am starting wound care next week. If it doesn't heal soon surgery will postponed until January
    So surgeries can be postponed for even a small skin scrape? What is the reason for that? Do they fear infection from the scrape travelling to the surgical site?

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