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    Hardware Photos (Pelvic Screws)

    See attached photos. This is what was removed 23 Dec. Enjoy!
    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

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    oh my gosh....i cant believe how LONG they were! no wonder you were hurting!!

    hope you are feeling better day by day...it's got to feel good having those things removed!! wonder if you could make a necklace out of them

    happy new year
    jess

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    Those big screws are a bit gruesome aren't they? I guess that's what I've got in my pelvis, too. I can't imagine screwing something like that into a living human being!

    Hope you are recovering well, Les.
    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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    After Dr. Rand did my fusion in which he undid the previous fusion, he mentioned the length of the screws to my husband. The end result being that Dr. Rand gave my husband a bag filled with the screws from the old fusion and he always carries a couple of those screws with him. Both Dr. Rand and my husband were like men hanging out in a tool department discussing tools and hardware. They almost forgot I was there.
    Avis
    1987 Lumbar Laminectomy (forget which levels)
    2005 A/P fusion, L2 - L5, 2/2005
    2009 2 Posterior fusions, T6 - Pelvis, 2/10 & 2/18,
    Dr. Frank Rand, NEBH

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    Hi...

    How long were you in the hospital, and how's your pain level?

    --Linda

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    Outpatient surgery, about 45 minutes. The doctor was late starting, and he was FAST! Admitted at 5:30, surgery supposed to be at 7:30, more like 8:30, 8:45 am. And we pulled in the driveway (AFTER filling RX) at 1:11 pm, same day! FAST, very FAST! Pain tolerable. Haven't taken any med in over 24 hours, but may take something at bedtime.
    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

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    That's amazing Les!
    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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    Wow - those are truly amazing pictures! I too have lower back screws (7 to be exact) in my lower back from a previous back surgery approx 3 years ago from when I had a slipped disc. When I have surgery in July I am told Dr. Lenke will be taking those out to fuse my curve and doing his own thing. I have a lot of lower back pain on top of my curvature pain up higher. I'm going to see if he will let me keep the screws he takes out - not sure why, sounds kinda sick doesn't it? But, after all, I have had them inside me for a long time - kinda hate to part with them.......we really are sick, aren't we.... Ha!

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    Cool

    Les,
    I hope this is a successful surgery for you~~
    Amazing the size of those screws!!! If that is what is in me , no wonder I make the alarms go off in the airport!!!!!!
    Happy New Year EveryOne <3
    May 2008 Fusion T4 - S1, Pre-op Curves T45, L70 (age 48). Unsuccessful surgery.

    March 18, 2010 (age 50). Revision with L3 Osteotomy, Replacement of hardware T11 - S1 , addition of bilateral pelvic fixation. Correction of sagittal imbalance and kyphosis.

    January 24, 2012 (age 52) Revision to repair pseudoarthrosis and 2 broken rods at L3/L4.

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    It all looks so Frankenstein-ish, but very amazing. Les, hope this surgery is your last. Is the recovery for this procedure around the normal 6 weeks?
    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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    Les

    I seem to remember you posting pictures of harley parts in the past??? Are you sure you dont have them mixed up? Maybe you can take those back to the dealer and get a refund? LOL

    That was a very quick revision. How long are the cuts? You must be sore, how do you feel now?
    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 58, the new 53...
    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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    I'm still a little sore. Hoping to discontinue the nightly pain med by Friday at the latest. It's still somewhat uncomfortable to sit or lay down. But tolerable during the day without pain meds. I get stitches out in another week. There are two incisions, one on either side of my spine, 3" long, in the pelvic area. My husband says the bruising is beginning to show now. Dr. Floyd says no motorcycle for six weeks. It's too cold out anyway! I will ask when I can begin exercising when I get my stitches out.
    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

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    God Bless you girl!! My goodness. I don't have pelvic screws, so I don't have any that are that long, but my teenaged boys named me 'FrankenMommy' after they saw my Xrays.

    I'm glad you're doing a little better. That surgical bruising is something else. I remember I looked like I was all beat up by the time I came home.
    __________________________________________
    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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