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    rotator cuff report

    I have to admit, I was jumpy going into my shoulder surgery last Monday.You would think that I would get used to getting operated on. Everyone was telling me that rotator cuff surgery can be painful, well let me tell you, its a piece of cake! I didnt even need any pain killers! Wow do I have a pharmacy going on over here! You name it, Ive got it!

    At 8.5 months post scoli surgery, and my shoulder finally fixed, I am almost pain free!!! On a 1-10 scale, Im barely hitting a 1. Its just absolutly amazing!

    I did get my hospital reports,(150 pages) and they did use BMP-2 on me with "Peek" cages. It was interesting reading about the OSI tables that are used for scoli surgeries, the technology used today is absolutly fantastic!

    anyway, some good news

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 61, the new 61...
    Pre surgery curves T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    Hey Ed!
    That's great to hear. I am so glad the surgery went well for you. I'll be heading back in on my birthday to have a piece of hardware removed that has been causing some pain. I'm hoping mine goes as well as yours did. So when is the next dive trip planned?
    Geish
    47 years old, dx at 13
    +30* to the right, +60* to the left, +30* to the right
    Surgery 12-13-07 - fusion from T4 to sacrum.


    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...tachmentid=267 Pre surgery
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...tachmentid=268 Post surgery
    http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t...s/DSC01091.jpg Xray from the side
    http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t...1089-1-1-1.jpg Xray from the back

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    Good for you Ed!! I'm thrilled that you are feeling better. You really are a pro at being operated on. I'm just a big fat chicken.
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    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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    Debbe
    Ive got news for you. We are all chickens. Its kinda like flying, after thousands of flights, I still get jumpy on planes, and always have to fly through a hurricane! You just get on and go. You will do fine on Wed, just keep us posted.

    Geish
    Good luck with that crossmember. It shouldnt be that bad.I still have my arm in a sling,then PT. Chances are, I wont dive till next spring with all the challenging business scenarios coming up.

    UUUrrrraaahhhhhhhhhh!!!

    Oh I almost forgot,
    Please fasten your seat belts
    49 yr old male, now 61, the new 61...
    Pre surgery curves T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    Ed,

    How fantastic that you're just about pain-free!! Hope your surgical "adventures" are over for now, though.

    You've got me super curious - what do you know about the tables they do scoli surgery on?? I'm always fascinated with the technology & science of it all, lol.

    Goodluck with the rest of your recovery.

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    This is the table I was operated on for my back

    OSI American sold to Japanese a few years ago

    http://www.mizuhosi.com/jacksonSpine.cfm

    The table that I had to climb on for my shoulder was engineered to the hilt. I dont know who made it. It was very high and narrow and getting on it was a challenge being fused. The surgeon doesnt even have to bend over. Tons of optics equipment and so forth surrounded the table.

    Have fun

    Ed
    Last edited by titaniumed; 10-12-2008 at 01:24 AM.
    49 yr old male, now 61, the new 61...
    Pre surgery curves T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    Cheers, Ed. Looks great, though I'm surprised it couldn't at least be adjusted down so you could climb aboard easier!

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    Ed,

    OMG that table is so cool! I wish the pictures were a little bigger so that I could see that 'head stabilization' better.
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    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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    Modern medicine. It certainly can be grand.

    So glad you found relief.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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    Question: What do you call alternative medicine that works?
    Answer: Medicine


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    Yes, we are lucky and fortunate to be living in an age of modern medicine. In another 20 years, everyone will look back at 2008 as the "stone age"

    I was close to doing scoli surgery back in 1975 and I decided to wait. Scoli surgery is very scary, especially for younger people. I feel that we are some of the bravest people on this planet. The older scoli patients that had their operations years ago were even braver.

    My decisions to have surgery were basically all about pain. Some will say, go and get it fixed now and be over with it, and the ones that wait will benefit from improvments in technology. Its a tough,tough decision.
    49 yr old male, now 61, the new 61...
    Pre surgery curves T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    Ed-- that's great to hear how well you are doing! Thanks for giving us the update! My surgeon used a Jackson table with me also, so it's kind of fun to see what it looks like. Can't wait to hear about your first dive post-op next spring. How exciting for you to know that will be a possibility again. Your underwater pics are so cool. Take care! 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

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    Hi Ed,
    I'm so glad that your shoulder surgery went well. Yes it is truly amazing how these Doctors can fix us up almost as good as new. Are you wearing one of those large padded slings and have to keep it on 24/7? Just behave yourself and do you PT like you are supposed to do and your shoulder should be perfect once everything heals.

    Thanks for the link to the Jackson table. I was out before I left the holding area, so never saw the table at all.

    Take care and keep us updated when you start your PT.
    Sally
    Diagnosed with severe lumbar scoliosis at age 65.
    Posterior Fusion L2-S1 on 12/4/2007. age 67
    Anterior Fusion L3-L4,L4-L5,L5-S1 on 12/19/2007
    Additional bone removed to decompress right side of L3-L4 & L4-L5 on 4/19/2010
    New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA
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    Sally
    Yes Im wearing the padded sling. Im going to be Napoleon for Halloween. Yes I will practice my French.

    I was out also before entering the operating room. My vascular surgeon came into the staging area and he was the one who inserted the IV, in 2 seconds flat, and bang I was out. No screwing around there, he said he had some work to do on me and wanted to get started. I wanted to see the operating room but that didnt happen for my scoli surgeries. Pam was lucky to get her pics of her operation. I would have loved to had some video shot of mine.

    In my hospital report it mentioned that they used a "tower of power". I wondering what that is? anybody know? I suspect that is is a jig of some kind, for aligment.

    bonsoir
    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 61, the new 61...
    Pre surgery curves T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    Hey there Napoleon!

    Did I not tell you shoulder surgery was going to be a piece of cake compared to scoli? Geeze, no one believes me till after the fact, EVER!! LOL!! So happy to hear all is going well.
    Don't worry about not diving till next year, I am picking up your slack. I will talk to you soon.
    Best wishes always, Suzy

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