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Thread: Six Months Post Revision

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Auckland, New Zealand

    Six Months Post Revision

    Hi everyone,
    I guess not everyone wants to know about revisions, but they happen, and I was one of the unfortunate few... but one of the lucky few that it was also successful!

    Prior to surgery I was in a lot of pain, by about 3pm I was taking vicodin, and by 7pm I had retired to the couch. I put a lot of effort into PT pre-op as well, doing long distances in the pool. But despite my efforts my curve had progressed, and pain was my new almost constant companion.

    I didn't know what I was going into with surgery, and was really nervous. I sort of went in expecting just to have the upper part of my fusion fixed, but I came out with my back fused top to bottom. Surprisingly, the surgery wasn't as bad as my first one, I think this had a lot to do with better nursing care and being a bit older and better prepared.

    My recovery went really fast in early stages, milestones like off all drugs happened fast, walking was frequent. I even had no pain! But as I built up my activity I was getting a bit sore and really tired, and even had a bout of minor depression. But I got through it, and resumed my studies somewhere around 3 months post op, and at 6 months I'm doing two days a week on a practicum placement, and the rest of the days are full time doing my research. I haven't had my 6 month check up yet, but I feel confident. I haven't had any really bad pain for a long time now, apart from when I helped fold surveys for my research... that was not good! Other than that, I could say that I feel 10x better than pre-op, and just take a little paracetamol when I need it... before my surgery paracetamol didn't even register!

    My goals now are to get back into the gym and pool, I had been up until recently when the intensity of my university studies increased and I focused my energy there, but I need to look after myself. Long-term I want to be healthy, get my weight back down to lighter than pre-surgery, and finish my doctoral studies without any more unscheduled stops! Also to set up a website for NZ scoliosis people and health professionals... have to finish uni first I think!

    I hope everyone else that had their surgeries in december are good, thanks to everyone for their support as there is no-one else in my world that comes even close to understanding the highs and lows of scoliosis.
    1994 curve at age 13, 70 degrees, untreated
    2000 Anterior fusion with instrumentation T9-L2, corrected to 36 degrees, 14 degree angle between fused and un-fused thoracic spine.
    2007 26 degrees junctional scoliosis
    Revision surgery, 6th December 2007 T4 to L3, Posterior approach.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2007

    Cool Yay, nz!

    Ahhh-- I can't begin to say how wonderful it was to read your post. What an encouragement! Thanks too, for mentioning the highs and lows that come to many of us, in many forms. You are so strong because of the struggles you've come through. I am really proud of you and all that you are working on-- and how far you've come through this whole scoli adventure. You are super! I feel honored to count you as one of my friends and a scoli sis. (Age has no boundaries in this family) I sure hope you touch base here every now and then, even if it's just a quick "alive and well and still doing great" type post or PM.

    I think it's just super that you are planning a scoli site for there in NZ in the future. Best wishes in all your ventures!!! Big hugs, 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

    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

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Houston, TX
    Quote Originally Posted by nzgirl
    ... I hope everyone else that had their surgeries in december are good, thanks to everyone for their support as there is no-one else in my world that comes even close to understanding the highs and lows of scoliosis.
    Y'all were the ones I watched - and who enforced my positivity in December '07 - after I made my choice to have surgery. You cheered me on while awaiting your OWN surgeries ... and my heart dropped every single day one of you went into surgery - and soared when the news was out you were all doing well . You cheered me on early in your recoveries ... when I know it wasn't easy.

    The encouragement from you ... vndy ... Geish (and too many others to name in the December bunch) seriously kept me sane before my surgery ...

    It's true no one else can really understand; you guys meant the world to me then, and always will.

    Cheers on your successful revision, A!

    Fusion is NOT the end of the world.
    AIDS Walk Houston 2008 5K @ 33 days post op!

    41, dx'd JIS & Boston braced @ 10
    Pre-op 53, Post-op < 20
    Fused 2/5/08, T4-L1 ... Darrell S. Hanson, Houston


  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Central NJ
    Sounds like you have come far! Good luck with your goals this summer. Sounds like you will have a full plate.
    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

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Boston, MA
    I'm so glad to hear how well you're doing! I'm submitting my master's thesis to my committee this week, and then I defend in 2 weeks. I know we both had doubts about how surgery would affect our work, but we've made it!

    Big hugs to the December crew - yay for six months post-op!
    2000 34*L/39*T
    2007 44*L/53*T

    12.3.07 Posterior Spinal Fusion T4-T12
    (initially planned T4-L1)
    12.18.07 11*L/10*T

    23 years old

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