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  1. #1
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    Anyone heard from Str8nup?

    Has anyone heard how Reggie (str8nup) is doing? I've only seen the posts that his wife left right after his surgery but haven't heard from him since! He had surgery with Dr. Lenke at the end of October, so I would have thought we'd have heard from him by now! (maybe he is doing so well he decided to ditch this site, haha!)
    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


    before/after pics
    all smiles!

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    I've also been wondering about Reggie.
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    Hello all,

    I'm sorry I haven't posted anything in a while. I am doing fine now. After surgery, I went to the Rehab Institute of St. Louis. I didn't like it at all, it was a great place but some of the techs (1) ruined my stay. Other than her, it was a great place. The physical therapists are wonderful. The facility itself is very nice and up to date. My surgery went very well. I had only one complication, I was discharged without a pulse in my right foot. Well let me rephrase that. On the night of my surgery, I had 20+ vascular specialists checking my right foot for a pulse. One of the specialists said he found a slight pulse. At my first post op visit (8 weeks later) Dr. Lenke saw my foot. It was swollen like crazy, bright red/purplish in color, and black spots on two toes. He immediately told me that his office would schedule an appointment with vascular at the hospital. That appointment was on12-18-08. I was told at the appointment that I would loose my right leg because I didn't have a pulse. Surgery was performed on 12-19. The surgery was a success, they saved my leg by putting in an artificial artery from my chest to my femoral artery. THANK GOD!! I was very scared as was my family. God answered alot of prayers. I am doing fine now, I went from 20% circulation to 75% circulation in my leg. I still may loose a toe or two but that beats a leg. Overall, I was pleased with the back surgery. Some other things are left to be desired. Thanks to all for the prayers and well wishes. Happy late new year to everyone.
    Reggie

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    Reggie,

    I've been thinking a lot of you & I'm so glad to hear you're spinal surgery at least went well - but I'm so sorry to hear about the other IDIOT doctors. I have to precede this rant the disclaimer that I've rarely met a doctor who was incompetent, & the reminder that most out there are very good at what they do. But.....Where On Earth Did Those Docs Get Their Brains From???? I'm quite convinced that some doctors extract their medical licenses from a box of Fruit Loops.

    So, so glad that your surgeon was able to get you in quickly with the vascular surgeon & that your leg could be saved!

    I'll be thinking much of you & your family & hoping you can keep even all those toes. Here's to a much happier, healthier 2009, Reggie!

    Take care.

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    Hi Reggie,

    So sorry to hear about your very worrying complications. Sounds like the worst is over now and I hope you can look forward to a smooth recovery and a happy 2009. Thanks for letting us know. It's a bit worrying when one of our co-scoli patients drops off the earth.
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    Reggie-- thanks for the update. It sounds like you've been through so much, but now, at last, things are looking up for you. I'm so sorry about the leg problem, but how wonderful that it turned out ok for you after all. And hopefully your toes will be survivors too... Keep us posted from time to time on how you're doing. Sometimes we need encouragement and support during recovery too. 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

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

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    Hi Reggie
    Soooo glad to see your post...
    I was worried about you and that there might be a bad reason for you not posting - I am so very sorry to hear about all you've been through.
    I am relieved to read that your back surgery is successful and hope that everything works out ok for your feet and toes.
    I look forward to reading more reports from you in the future - for now, you just rest up and take real good care of yourself.
    With many, many best wishes to you and your family for 2009!
    Louisse
    Diagnosed aged 17 thoracic curve of 40°/48? given brace worn for short time but was then told that I had stopped growing and it wasn’t likely to get worse. Follow ups ‘got lost in the system’ and I chose to ignore until age approx 33, after two children. Now nearly 42yrs curve was progressing (last xrays 67 degrees) and increasing 'backache' so surgery (posterior T3 - L1) went ahead beginning of September 2008 in UK - thoracic curve now approx 20° and I look a lot straighter!

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    Hi Reggie,

    So glad to hear from you. It's too bad you had such a serious complication, but I'm glad it turned out not to be the worst case scenario. Just keep on healing now and take good care of yourself. 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
    Dr. Frank F. Rands735.photobucket.com/albums/ww360/butterflyfive/

    "In God We Trust" Happy moments, praise God. Difficult moments, seek God. Quiet moments, worship God. Painful moments, trust God. Every moment, thank God.

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    HI Reggie,

    Keep up the good work!! I'm so glad things are working out for you and that your leg is saved!! Thank Goodness. Let us know how you're doing when you can.
    __________________________________________
    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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    wow Reggie- so sorry about your complications. That had to be totally frightening to think you would lose your leg. I will be praying your toes stay intact also. Hope everything else is progressing well.

    Nancy Joy
    Nancy Joy

    Surgery- Posterior- Oct. 8th, 2008
    Anterior- Nov. 10th, 2008
    Age 54
    T10 to Sacrum
    Curve 65 degrees
    Very straight now!!!

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    Hi All,

    Thanks so much for the prayers and concern. I just want to let everyone know that I had my post op visit with my vascular surgeon Wednesday. Everything went very well. My toes are slowing heeling and I get to keep them! Thank the Lord. I also get to go back to work this next week. I am very excited about that.

    Thanks again for all the support. And to anyone out there that is getting ready for surgery, don't be scared off by my story. I just had an unusual side effect. Dr. Lenke is a GREAT surgeon, it was just some of the other staff. So, I will end this by wishing everyone getting ready for surgery the best of luck. If anyone needs to talk, contact me by email at str8nnup@yahoo.com.

    God bless everyone and a late Happy New Year.
    Reg

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    Great news Reggie! You "sound" so much happier now.

    All the best to you too!
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    Glad to hear the wonderful news, Reggie! God is so good!

    Peachy

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