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Thread: Sitting up in my hospita chair!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2009

    Sitting up in my hospita chair!

    We I was, I was supposed to have two surgies, one on Wednesday (Amterior) and the second one on Friday (posterior). The Doctor decided to do it all in one day, twelve hour surgery. My problem was that my heart rate jumped from 100 to 165, so they decided to keep me in ICU for the first day. Being only 38 years old, they decided that it was uncommon. My wife saw them bring in the crash cart in the post recovery, so she had a little fainting spasm. That first night was terrible, cause of all the bells and whistles going off every 10 minutes. The next day, they moved me to a regular room, where I feel much better. I have been getting up to walk and stand. I feel 100% better from the first day. I also had a nurse yesterday, who would bring my pain meds an hour late, this made me noxious and ruined my whole night. My doctor came in today and told him to give me the pain meds on time, so I can recover better. I also had water in my lung the first night, which I believe had been taken care of. One good new about the whole thing, is that my doctor didn't need to go down to S-1, so no fusion to s-1.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2009
    So happy for you, Rich, that you are on the healing side & that you didnt need fusion to S1, cause i know you really didnt want rest, heal, feel better day by day...

    congratulations...your back looks GREAT!

    best to you...

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Fantastic news!

    Pretty soon you will be home.

    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

    My x-rays

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
    OMG I can't believe you had 12 hour surgery and are up and posting on here 3 days later. With pics!.

    Congrats Rich, you are doing great and thanks for the update.
    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
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Ames, Iowa
    Rich--I guess amazing--to be up and posting so soon. That's wonderful. Hope your healing goes well and as smoothly as possible. 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.

  6. #6
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    Jun 2009
    Whitinsville, MA
    Yay rich!! You must be soo happy that you are finally over the whole waiting period and now on to the recovery side!! Gosh I am starting to get nervous for mine but will be excited when its all done and over with =) Congrats!!

    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! ^_^

  7. #7
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    Apr 2007
    well you did it man

    must be good to get it outta the way

    enjoy your recovery
    Surgery 25/1/2010


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

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    New Bern, NC

    So happy for you to only have one surgery rather than two. Kudos to your Doctor. You are doing very well to be posting so soon and posting xrays and photo too. Be well.

    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.

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

  9. #9
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    Sep 2009
    im so happy for you rich! your x ray looks great!

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Meridian Idaho
    Way to go, Rich! Just take it easy, and take it one day at a time.
    Les, Biker Babe, age 56 (at time of first surgery)
    Fused T2 to S2, posterior only, 8 Apr 08
    T3 fracture repair and revision, Mar 09
    Broke left lower rod and pelvic screws removal, Dec 09
    Scheduled to remove all hardware, replaced everything instead due to non-fusion, Nov 10
    Remove top 2" of rods and screws, Feb 14
    Pre surgery degrees: L40, T45
    Post surgery degrees: L8, T10

    Happy, joyous and pain-free!
    Surgeon: C Timothy Floyd, MD, Boise Orthopedic Clinic

  11. #11
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    Jun 2009
    Los angeles
    I saw in one of your post that you went to see Dr. Anand. What did he say about his procedure? what can you tell me about him? why did you decide to do your surgery with another doctor?

  12. #12
    Join Date
    May 2008
    long island, ny
    Wow Rich you sound like you are doing so well after your surgery! Hopefully you will be home soon and feeling better and better each day.
    Dolores A
    June 4, 2009 Anterior L3 - S1
    June 8, 2009 Posterior T4 - Pelvis
    Mark Agulnick, MD FAAOS
    NY Spine & Scoliosis Center

  13. #13
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    May 2005
    Wheeling, WV
    What a wonderful outcome you've had. Your back looks great. You are going to feel great sooner than you think.


  14. #14
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    May 2009
    Topeka, KS
    So happy for you. I hope I can do half as well at least. I do have a question, though, did you experience any muscle spasms in your back preoperatively? sitting here in my recliner I can feel muscle spasms gallore and evenings are just horribly painful for me!

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