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Thread: Janet's surgery.

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Ames, Iowa

    Janet's surgery.

    This is Janet's husband, Bob. She had surgery on March 30th. It lasted around 10 hours and was very successful. She was released from the hospital Tuesday, the 7th and is now in rehabilitation for 7-10 days as was her request. She is walking down the halls very well. The doctor was very pleased with the correction. Her final numbers before surgery was 95 degrees
    thoracic and 62 degrees lumbar. After surgery, she is lower than 25 degrees thoracic and the lumbar curve is gone. We are not certain but believe that she had 4 units of blood during surgery and probably a total of 4 units after surgery.

    Janet's main problem is pain control. The regimen figured out is fine but we just can't seem to get anybody to deliver the doses on time. It has been extremely frustrating. Janet or I will post more later. She wants to thank each and every one of you. Bob

    61 years old--57 for surgery

    Diagnosed in 1965 at age of 13--no brace
    Thoracic Curve: 96 degrees to 35 degrees
    Lumbar Curve: 63 degrees to 5 degrees
    Surgery with Dr. Lenke in St. Louis--March 30, 2009
    T-2 to Pelvis, and hopefully all posterior procedure.

    All was posterior along with 2 cages and 6 osteotomies.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Bob-- thanks so much for the update. I hope the pain med problem gets taken care of soon. One more reason to look forward to being at home again-- you control the meds then. Hoping her rehab experience is a good one. Please give Janet a gentle hug from me. 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
    Mar 2009

    Talking Hi!!

    Thanks for the update Bob! Sounds like Janet is doing pretty good.. They got some AWESOME correction it sounds like!! WAY TO GO!! Give Janet a gentle hug and wish you all the best for a smooth recovery!!!
    Diagnosed in '06'
    Wore TLSO brace for 18 mo.
    Upper curve 40 degrees; lower 35 degrees
    Surgery in March '08' (T6 - T11)
    Rods for 7 vertabraes; 3 fused
    Still have lumbar curve (T12 - L4) of now, 33 degrees
    I have osteoarthritis, 3 bulging discs, stenosis, fast progressing lordosis, vertebrea twisting (vertebreas almost on side) all in lumbar spine. Will most likely have another surgery to extend rods and fusion. :'(

  4. #4
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    Oct 2008
    Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
    Thanks so much Bob!

    I know what you mean about getting the meds on time. I had a similar problem. Once she's at home and you're in control, and just as importantly, she's in a comfortable bed, all will fall into place. I promise!
    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

  5. #5
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    Apr 2006
    Best regards to Janet. I wish her a speedy and more painless recovery!

    Always Smilin'

    1982 fused T2-L1
    pre op 45 - post op 33 (left thoracic)
    pre op 53 - post op 18 (right thoracic)

    recheck 2006
    right thoracic 57
    lower lumbar 34

    surgical revision April 28,2009
    revision T3-L1; new fusion L1-L4
    unsure of degrees at this point

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    Bob~ I'm so excited for Janet! She must be amazed! I hope they get her pain meds on time during rehab. I guess she will get home after I have my surgery. So I will chat with her after. Send my best wishes!!!

    Diagnosed at 13, Milw brace-didn't wear it like I should have.
    pre-surg 78* Thoracic,
    post-surg 22* Thoracic.
    Fusion from T2 to L2 scheduled for April 15, 09 in Tulsa, OK

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