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Thread: Breathing improvement after surgery?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2006

    Breathing improvement after surgery?

    Hi all. Has anyone noticed improved breathing and better posture after surgery? I've noticed that I get out of breath faster lately, since concave left side of my back has gotten more pronounced. I'm scheduled for posterior surgery with Dr. Boachie on June 2nd. My curve is 90 degrees. I'm hoping to feel better and that I can do more. Thanks, Joy

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
    I didn't have breathing issues. If anything, I feel I have not been able to regain the same degree of fitness I had pre-op. I find going up a slope more of an effort than pre-op. But that could improve with time. I am 9 months post-op in four days.

    But with a 90 degree curve, it's very likely impacting your lungs so my opinion would be that you'll find an improvement and not only with your breathing.

    Hopefully, someone who had the same sized curve as you will be able to give you more of an idea. All the best, Joy!
    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

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Adelaide, Australia
    Definitely a better posture. My right lung was working at 50% capacity, so said my GP, however, i am not entirely sure this was related to my scoli. I kept telling him at the time that I felt I was allergic to the antibiotics he had prescribed for my chest cold. I felt much better after stopping them.
    44 years young! now 45
    Surgery - June 1st, 2009
    Dr David Hall - Adelaide Spine Clinic
    St. Andrews Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia
    Pre-op curve - 58 degree lumbar
    Post -op - 5 degrees
    T11 - S1 Posterior
    L4/5 - L5/S1 Anterior Fusion

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Ames, Iowa
    Strangely, with as big of a curve as I had, I had no breathing issues and found it was still fine after surgery. I guess we are all so different. Janet

    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.

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