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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Bucks County, Pa

    Another Question

    I have so many. I am keeping track of them for my surgeon when I go back. My question is, when do you know if you have to wear a brace after surgery? I really didn't know this was even a possibilityuntil reading some of the posts. I am 38 and it is bringing horrible flashbacks of having to wear my boston brace in junior high.
    How many of you wore a brace religously? I ditched mine as often as possible. I moved when I started high school and just refused to wear it to school.
    Thanks in advance for any input.
    PS I am much less vain now, Just want to be pain free.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    new jersey
    hey Dawney---I just assumed I would have to wear one after surgery from hearing about it from other patients of my Dr. (Boachie) It sounds like it is meant as a reminder not to bend or twist & for support.............Ly
    it will be hot in August........

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2005

    Brace after surgery

    Hi Dawney,

    Ask your Dr. I did not have to wear a brace of any type. I am fused from T10 to L4. My Dr. said "you have an internal brace." I think different Drs. do what they think is best, and it might depend on the extent of your surgery or maybe how in shape you are? Not sure, but I was sure glad to hear I didn't need one. Trust me you won't need one to remind yourself to not twist or bend, it's on your mind all the time! Best wishes.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    It depends on the doctor. I didn't wear any but a soft one for the first surgery.

    I wore my Boston brace religiously between 13 and 15 when I was not sexy or feminine at all (I was pretty wild and on the punkrocker side), so it was covered under my loose clothes an jackets, but when I hit 16 I started to ditch it sometimes, as I started wearing more tight fitting clothes and was sick of the pain it gave me, so I know what you mean.
    35 y/old female from Montreal, Canada
    Diagnosed with scoliosis(double major) at age 12, wore Boston brace 4 years at least 23 hours a day-curve progressed
    Surgery age 26 for 60 degree curve in Oct. 1997 by Dr.Max Aebi-fused T5 to L2
    Surgery age 28 for a hook removal in Feb. 1999 by Dr.Max Aebi-pain free for 5 years
    Surgery age 34 in Dec.2005 for broken rod replacement, bigger screws and crosslinks added and pseudarthrosis(non union) by Dr. Jean Ouellet

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Wheeling, WV
    Hi Dawney,

    I wore the Milwakee brace in 1972 through approx. 1976, (I think?) and I also got out of it as often as I could. Especially at school, my 3rd period class was near my locker and I would go to the restroom and take it off and put it in the locker. There was no way to hide that brace in clothing because the back 2 bars stuck out so far. I never minded the rest of it, but everyone called me the hunchback.

    I found out that I had to wear the turtle shell brace when my doctor told me exactly what the surgery was going to entail. I made the mistake of not having it properly fitted before I left the hospital and it made for a miserable first 2 months. I only took it off to take a shower. I think I was in it for approx. 4 months.

    Last edited by Shari; 06-25-2006 at 12:23 AM.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Houston, Texas now live in Colorado Springs, CO

    I didn't have any bracing after any of the surgeries.

    April 8 & 12, 2004 - Anterior/Posterior surgery 15 hours & 7 hours
    Thorasic - 79 degree down to 22
    Lumbar - 44 degree down to 18
    Fused T2 to sacrum
    June 2, 2005 - Pedicle subtraction osteotomy @L3 7 hours
    MAY 21, 2007 - Pedicle subtraction osteotomy @ L2, extended the fusion to S2 and added pelvic instrumentation 9 hours


  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    I had to wear my hard plastic brace for 6 months, the whole time unless I was lying down. Unpleasant at first, though it did make me feel a bit safer, as though it was holding me together. By the end of the 6 months I was sorry to see it go because I still had a lot of pain, and I miss it sometimes now for the support it gave me (threw it out when I finally got rid of it). It wasn't very evident under loose clothing unless someone hugged me!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Like Suzy, i didn't have to wear a brace of any kind either. My dr. also said that with all the instrumentation that i wouldn't need one. Sure was relieved, but hope it was the right decision.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    I was initally told that I had to wear it for 3 months. One day while still in the hospital, my surgeon told me I was going downstairs for x-rays and that he did not want me to wear it. I looked at him as if he had suddenly grown 5 heads! I started to say, "but what if" and he stopped me and said, "You'll be fine. You won't get hurt without it."

    From then on, I wore it only when I was out of bed and walking around alot. After 3 weeks, I hardly wore it at all except for trips outside of the house. If I went out in public, I wore it if for no other reason than to 'protect' my back. At my 7 week appt. my surgeon asked if I was ready to put it away for good....I was shocked and said, "I think I'll wear it home one last time"....I had a 45 minute drive and was a little worried about how I would feel driving without it....I got home, put it in the basement and haven't looked back!

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