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Thread: Leaving tomorrow morning for surgery!

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    Thumbs up Leaving tomorrow morning for surgery!

    Well, the day is here! I leave tomorrow morning to Cedars Sinai Hospital in Beverley Hills. Doctor Kropf from the Santa Monica Spine Institute called me again tonight to explain the details. I highly recommend him to anybody looking for a doctor. He has called me at home after he been in surgery all day long. I have experienced a lot of doctors with awful bed side manners, but Dr. Kropf is awesome and very caring. I leave tomorrow morning and my surgery is at 8am on Wednesday, for my 52 degree lumbar surgery, A/P. I need some Degenerative disc fixed. Very nervous right now! It feels like I'm dreaming! I found out the hospital has wi-fi, so I will post as soon as I'm coherent. Thank you Linda and everybody on this site, without your knowledge I wouldn't know who to turn to.

    Rich

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    All the very best Rich, it's almost over. Hang in there, this will take on a life of it's own shortly and you will just drift through it, knowing you're getting the best of care and skills.

    If you're still feeling nervous tomorrow, ask for a pre-op. I highly recommend them!

    Looking forward to seeing your first posts.
    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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    Best wishes rich on a safe and successful surgery. Soon it will be all over.
    I also wish you a smooth and speedy recovery. Take care.
    Vali
    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

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    Good Morning Rich, you are in my prayers for a successful surgery! you'll be back on here posting before you know it.
    Dolores A
    June 4, 2009 Anterior L3 - S1
    June 8, 2009 Posterior T4 - Pelvis
    Mark Agulnick, MD FAAOS
    NY Spine & Scoliosis Center

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    wow, you got in quick. Best of luck and keep us informed of your recovery
    45L/40T
    Surgery 25/1/2010
    Australia

    Knowthyself

    Scoliosis Corrected 25/1/2010 by Dr Angus Gray, Prince of Wales Private Hospital, Sydney. Fused T3-L4.

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    Good luck, Rich!!! Everything will be just fine and you'll be back on your feet again soon!!

    Rachel~

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    Thoughts & prayers go out to you, Rich...i know you will do well, & you'll be on the healing side in no time!

    best of luck
    jess

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    Adding my prayers and good wishes!! We look forward to your first post from "the other side."
    Fused T-3 to L-3, Aug 25
    Hardware removal surgery, Nov 2, 2010
    Fused T-10 to L-2, osteotomy, Feb 22, 2011

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    Best wishes Rich.
    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 60, the new 55...
    Pre surgery curves C12,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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    Rich--
    Best of luck to you for a great outcome and quick as possible recovery. You are young and will do fine! Janet
    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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    Rich, Best wishes from me also. You will be surprisingly calm tomorrow morning. You will be in my prayers.

    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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    you will be in my thoughts tomorrow rich =) I hope everything goes smoothly for you..and enjoy reading about it when you are up to writing..are you having two different surgeries for you A/P?

    27 year old female
    Upper Curve 110 degrees
    Lower Curve 90 degrees
    Surgery with Dr. Wood at MGH 1/11/10 && 1/14/10
    Fused T2-Pelvis
    Back looks amazing and no more Hump! ^_^

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    Best wishes to you, Rich. Sally's right ... all the weeks of worry and prep will just kind of dissolve - at least that's very true of how I was.

    I went to bed the night before thinking I'd never be able to sleep (still lamenting unfinished things off my to-do list :-), but had a dreamless night's rest for the first time in the 2 months since I'd committed to surgery.

    Stay strong ... you can do this. Without a doubt, you'll have lots of positive energy flowing your way from here.

    Looking forward to hearing a promising report in your own words!

    Regards,
    Pam
    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


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    Good luck Rich! It was extremely surreal for me the night before surgery! I had fusion at St. Josephs's on September 30th of this year. And I can't believe I'm almost at 3 months post opp! You'll be great and you're is really good hands! All the best + keep us posted!!!! :}
    Sincerely,
    Maliha

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    Anyone heard from him? How did it go? I'm jealous it wasn't me (I think).....

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