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    Appt. with Dr. Boachie

    I had my 1st appt. with Dr. Boachie this past Thurs. and was very impressed. Had to wait a long time, but he personally spent alot of time with us and did not make us feel rushed. I previously had x-rays which showed I have 2-50 degree curves, but they were taken lying down. The standing ones show a 50 degree and 73 degree curve with a 90 degree rotation. He said I'm well balanced but did recommend surgery. He said he would do anterior and posterior at one time. He did not discuss fusion levels yet. I have weakness in my left leg, so he wants a myelogram, cat scan and EMG done and then to go back in 6 wks. At that time we'll discuss surgery further.

    Wow. It's really strange, but I almost had a sense of relief when I left his office. With the larger curve being 73 degrees instead of 50 and with Dr. Boachie actually recommending surgery, it pretty much cleared up the indecision on my part. I really knew because of the pain that surgery was going to be the end result, but also felt that maybe if I worked really hard in PT and did less at home possibly I could avoid putting myself and my family through it. I now am sure that this is what I have to do and just want to get the process started.

    Well, thanks for letting me share. You guys are great!

    Connie
    57 yr. old female

    50 degree and 73 degree curves
    90 degree rotation

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    Hi Connie...

    I totally understand your relief. When one's curves are in the grey zone, the decision can be pretty difficult. Knowing that your curves are of the size where surgery is almost certainly required takes much of the decision out of your hands.

    Best of luck with your journey.

    Regards,
    Linda

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    Thanks for telling us!

    Connie--I'm so glad to hear your appointment went well with Dr. Boachie. I understand totally your sense of relief over hearing his recommendation for surgery. I think that is the biggest hurdle of all with this scoli-- the decision to go forward with surgery. Then you can focus your energies, thoughts, plans into that, and not be in that rather nebulous state of mind where you don't know what's happening or what you should do. Best wishes as you begin your planning. Be sure to keep us updated as it unfolds! And try to garner courage as you go by knowing how many others have gone before you!
    67 and plugging along...
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    Dr. Kim Hammerberg, Rush Univ. Medical Center in Chicago

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    Hi Connie,
    I had surgery with Dr. Boachie in Dec. of '06 and I felt the same way about him- he has a "calming" affect. My worst curve was over 100 deg. and I had a rotation of 180, and he did a great job. (I was 45 at the time of surgery). There is such a relief in finally making a decision- I remember that. Best of luck to you!
    Cathie

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    What does "rotation of 90 or 180" mean? When they measured my rotation they used the little scoliometer thingy and that only goes to 30 degrees on both sides...?
    aBbiE
    22 yr old F,KU college student
    Kyphoscoliosis...
    Scoliosis (25T, 23L) diagnosed @ 14 yrs old; curves June 08 were 45T, 32L with 18 degree rotation
    Kyphosis of 65 degrees...
    I am missing a lumbar vertebrae

    Surgery 6/30/2008 with Dr. Lawrence Lenke
    Fused T2-L2


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    Thanks for your replies and encouraging words. That is exactly how I feel. Much of the decision has been taken out of my hands, so now I can proceed with alot more confidence. I was in such a haze thinking should I - shouldn't I, and driving everyone in my life crazy with it. Now I can move forward positively. Thanks again for the support.
    Connie
    57 yr. old female

    50 degree and 73 degree curves
    90 degree rotation

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