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Thread: 6 month post-op update

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Madison, Wisconsin

    6 month post-op update

    Hi all,

    Just wanted to give you all an update since I am now 6 months post-op. I had my check up with my surgeon today and he said that everything looked good and was fusing well. He is worried that my feeling has not come back in my left leg and wants to do a CATscan at 1 year post-op to see which screw is hurting my nerve, but I will probably opt not to go back under the knife because the nerve damage is not harming my quality to life.

    Life is pretty good 6 months post-op. I just wanted to give a little encouragement to those considering surgery or are in the early stages of pre-op. I feel like my life is fairly normal, but I do have daily reminders that I've had a large surgery.

    On a different thread, another person asked about the protusion of vertebrae at the top of the back. My surgeon said it was normal because the protusion occurs where my fusion ends and therefore the change is normal.

    Keep up the good work everyone and happy holidays!
    "You must be the change you want to see in the world."

    Previously 55 degree thoracolumbar curve
    Surgery June 5, 2007 - Dr. Clifford Tribus, University of Wisconsin Hospital
    19 degrees post-op!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Euharlee, Georgia
    Way to go. It only gets better as you go!
    T12- L5 fusion 1975 - Rochester, NY
    2002 removal of bottom of rod and extra fusion
    3/1/11 C5-C6 disc replacement
    Daughter - T7 - L3 fusion 2004

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    near Philadelphia
    Thanks for the update, Anya. I hope the nerve damage resolves itself at some point.

    I was the one worried about the protruding vertebrae above the fusion (along with a zillion other things, ha-ha)...glad to hear it's "normal" -- whatever that turns out to be.
    A/P fusion on June 19, 2007 at age 52; T10-L5
    Pre-op thoracolumbar curve: 70 degrees
    Post-op curve: 12 degrees
    Dr. Boachie-adjei, HSS, New York

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Great to hear you're doing so well and you had a good 6 month's report! It does keep getting better and better! Take care.
    67 and plugging along...
    2007 52 w/ severe lumbar stenosis & L2L3 lateral listhesis (side shift)
    5/4/07 posterior spinal fusion T2-L4 w/ laminectomies and osteotomies @L2L3, L3L4
    Dr. Kim Hammerberg, Rush Univ. Medical Center in Chicago

    Corrected to 15
    CMT (type 2) DX in 2014, progressing
    NEW 10/2018 x-rays show spondylolisthesis at L4/L5 - Dr. DeWald is monitoring

    Click to view my pics: pics of scoli x-rays digital x-rays, and pics of me

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

    Congrats on you recovery. We all heal differently, but we heal. My Dr. told me before my surgery that I may see some of my hardware through my skin because I was so small, and I can see one screw that protrudes. Other than that my back looks great. And my back looks a hell of alot better than it did before.


  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Six months! Time does go so fast when we're having fun, does it not?
    That is amazing, and I'm glad you are doing well. You were one of my first inspirations as I started this journey, and I am thankful for all you've shared.
    Happy Holidays to you also!
    31 year old female
    55* (day of surgery) thoracic curve w/compensatory lumbar
    T4-T12 on Aug 15, 2007

    MRI, pre-surgery
    Xray, 3 mos. post-op
    Machu Picchu, 8 mos. post-op

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