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  1. #16
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    Hi N.S....

    For the record, many surgeons still take bone from the hip (which is called autograft, and the bone is actually the iliac crest). I wouldn't even bother correcting you, but didn't want anyone whose surgeon is still using autograft to think that the surgeon is in the dark ages. I think it's more common to use to use cadaver bone (allograft) in kids than it is in adults, and hopefully we'll see more and more surgeons feeling OK about moving away from autograft.

    Regards,
    Linda

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    thanks for writing and sharing and it's nice to hear success stories like yours.
    Jennifer

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    Not alone.

    Just would like to add my two cents to this forum, first I never had a rod placed for support, if my surgery would have been done at a much later date instead of in 1954 and as an experimental surgery. I'm sure they would have used at least one and possibly two, my fusion was complete from T1, T2, S1, S2, L3-L5. Even today at 55 years of age, my Scoliosis is progressive and of course with the average, normal and expected side impressions that most of us at are age and with severe scoliosis experience. Anyway, I also have a daughter 24, (surgery at 8) with Scoliosis and a rod, sure I do worry because of what I do hear daily regarding the rod. But presently, she is working full time and enjoying life, I let tomorrow worries take care of itself. I do one day at a time, if and when her rod does give her a problem, it will be removed I hope and not replaced. But that is then, today is now. Most people within this great forum, know what and how I feel about surgery, I'm not a fan of it, unless of course it is a life situation, and not cosmetic.
    Live long and prosper!

  4. #19
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    I have a question Linda, what is allograft? I had autograft.

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    Allograft

    Allograft is a transfer of one's own tissue from one location to another (eg, a bone graft to stabilize a fracture). AN allograft (homograft) is a graft between genetically dissimilar members of the same species an Xenografts (heterografts) are transplants between members of different species. With rare exceptions, clinical transplants are thus allografts from either living relatives or cadaveric donors.
    Hope this helps....God Bless.
    Live long and prosper!

  6. #21
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    Thank you for the info and responding to my post

  7. #22
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    Smile Years after surgery

    Born October 1951
    Scoliosis detected in 8th grade.Was told that it would be okay.Four years
    later,trouble breathing,pain,slumped shoulder,one leg shorter a S curve,
    about 60.Had surgery in 1971,rods,fussion,body cast from shoulders down
    to the hip.On a stryker bed for 1 month in the hospital.Sent home and in bed
    for 5 months could not get up.About a year after operation a rod broke
    are came loose in the lower part of my back.They removed both rods.
    Doctor told me he never wanted to see me again,i know he was joking,but
    guess what i never saw him again.I wanted to be a good scoliosis patient.
    I have worked over 29years as a service tech installing and troubleshooting
    printing equipment.Spent a lot of on my feet,crawling,climbing,bending etc.
    My workday ended in pain and sleepless nights.Probably a lot of things in
    the workday i should have said can't do but it was work.Now 53 and my
    company downsized.Tried to find several jobs but my age and back could
    be the downfall.I have applied for SSI and SSID.
    In 1971 5'11 176lbs
    In 2005 5'7 186lbs
    Fussion from T-4 to L-4
    Pronounced rotoscoliosis convexed to the right in the lumbar area.
    The apex is at the L-2 and 3
    Pronounced S shape scoliosis in the dorsal and lumbosacral

  8. #23
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    Alan...

    I see that you're in St. Louis. If you decide you're ready to see another doctor, I recommend that you see Drs. Keith Bridwell or Lawrence Lenke. Both have experience in treating people with prior scoliosis fusions.

    Regards,
    Linda

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