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    One year checkup looks good

    Just wanted to say that in spite of my ongoing paranoia about injuring myself (!), my new x-rays showed that everything is fine and according to Boachie, I am "fully fused." You can actually see on the films where the bone grafts have taken. Also, my thoracic compensatory curve, which originally measured at around 28 degs., straightened out big-time and now measures 10 degrees. I grew another quarter of an inch and now tower over the average person at a whopping 4'-11 and ONE HALF.

    I asked him what movements or activities I should never do again and he said: bending from side to side, twisting, and jogging. He said gardening probably wasn't a good idea at this point -- one of the issues with me as that he used very thin rods on the posterior portion of my surgery because of my size and I need to avoid repetitive bending-over type movements.

    So I don't see him again for a year. Thanks everyone for your support and encouragement throughout this past year . Maybe now I can relax a little, learn to trust my back, and spend less time on the internet!
    Chris
    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

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    Talking Yay!

    Chris-- that is wonderful news! I'm so glad you got such a good report. And WOW! a whole year before you need another check-up. That is terrific! It sounds like our restrictions are very similar. And you got me laughing about your towering stature... those half-inches are VERY important when you are on the lower end of the totem pole... and you even got an additional 1/4" out of your continued straightening. Way to go!

    I hope that you will truly enjoy that "relaxing" part now. Keep in touch! Best wishes for moving on from the surgery/recovery. Susie
    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

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

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    Chris,

    Congratulations on an outstanding report and continued success and best wishes as you move on with your life with your healthier back.

    Chris

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    Chris,

    Congratulations on your good news!! You must be breathing a sigh of relief. You are right, just start enjoying life now and have fun. You should celebrate!!

    I so get you with enjoying another half inch. I used to be 5'2.5", and I NEVER EVER said I was simply 5'2". Unfortunately, now I'm only 5'1.5 But hopefully I will get at least my one inch back, maybe more.
    __________________________________________
    Debbe - 50 yrs old

    Milwalkee Brace 1976 - 79
    Told by Dr. my curve would never progress

    Surgery 10/15/08 in NYC by Dr. Michael Neuwirth
    Pre-Surgury Thorasic: 66 degrees
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 66 degrees

    Post-Surgery Thorasic: 34 degrees
    Post-Surgery Lumbar: 22 degrees

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    wonderful news Chris!
    You will find you get more stamina as you past the 1 yr mark! It can only get better & better!
    Lynne

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    Congrats Chris! It has been a bit longer road for you and I am so happy you have met this milestone with such great improvement. Lynne is correct, believe it or not you will get better yet! I thought by my 1 yr. mark that I was at a great recovery. Then at 1 1/2 yr mark looked back 6 mo. and realised I had still improved! I don't jog, never did. Can't quite understand why people do.... I think with time you will be able to garden. You just might to stay down in one spot when you are doing it and do another area later. I did it that way in the beginning and did well. You will get back to more activities as time goes on, you will just do them a bit different. No more paranoia, O.K? All the best, Suzy

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    Yeah Chris !!!!! What a fantastic birthday present! You did have such a tough time and I don't think you were being paranoid when thinking of all the things that might/could be wrong. This forum and our families and friends are THE place to express our fears and concerns.

    Hugs,
    Janet
    As of 12/25/07, age 62, 100* thoracic kyphosis, 73* L1-S1 lordosis, 37*/25* compensatory S-curve scoliosis. On 12/26/07, Dr. Boachie @ HSS NYC did 11 hours ant. & post. procedures, fused T2-L2, kyphosis now 57*, scoli 10*. Regained 2 1/4 inches in height!! Improving every day.

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    Congratulations, Chris!

    Chris,

    Thanks for sharing your great news and and the fact that you have gained that extra HALF INCH! You have been a real trooper this last year. I hope you have a very special celebration planned.

    Linda W.
    Linda
    Two-stage A/P fusion T6-S1 with lumbar implants June 12 & June 27, 2007 at age 57
    S curve 75+ degrees with kyphosis
    Now 45 degrees and standing 3 inches taller!
    Dr. Frank Rand, New England Baptist Hospital, Boston

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    Thank you everyone!!
    Chris
    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

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