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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    York, PA

    Getting ready

    We're down to the wire. Packing bags, taking care of last minute details, etc. I am not taking much of anything to the hospital Tues. but will be keeping stuff where my husband is staying and he's just going to bring it as I need it. Still have to lug stuff with us since we're 4 hours away from home and I'll probably be in NY for 2 weeks. Assume I won't need much of anything until rehab week. The good-byes and well wishing phone calls are wonderful but am getting to the point of being emotionally drained from them. Hope I can sleep better tonight--Tylenol PM didn't even help last night. Keep those encouraging post-op posts coming--this forum is my lifeline right now!

    Anne in PA
    Age 58
    Diagnosed at age 14, untreated, no problem until age 50
    T4 to sacrum fusion
    63 thoracic now 35, 92 lumbar now 53
    Dr. Baron Lonner, 2/2/10
    Am pain-free, balanced, happy & an inch taller !

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Anne - Best of luck to you! You will be fine. I know how you feel because I'm starting to feel that way too..but you will soon be on the road to recovery. I hope you have access to a laptop or blackberry or something that can send us updates. If not, maybe your husband will??? Our prayers and thoughts are with you Anne!!!
    62 degrees
    49 yrs. young
    Surgery 3/31/10 with Lenke

    Before and After pics

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Best wishes, Anne. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.
    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

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Best to you for successful surgery, and healing. I know this is the hard time -DD will be one week after you, and it's starting to settle in here too. Wishing you peace to get the rest you need.


  5. #5
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    May 2008
    Central NJ
    I just sent you an email Anne. I know you will be just fine. This is the worst part. Before you know it you will be on your way to a fantastic recovery!! ((Hugs))
    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

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Hi Anne-

    I just wanted to say good luck to you on Tuesday!! I'm sure the waiting is the hardest part but soon you will be on the road to recovery! I was just thinking, I remember you joined this forum right when I did back in August, and I'll never forget your post back in October about visiting a doctor at John Hopkins and how you then changed your mind about the surgery. Well look at how far you've come in just a short time!! You are so strong, you made up your mind and stuck to it and are getting surgery and will do just great! You have a great doctor now and everything will be just fine. Please keep us posted! Good luck!

    Surgery date: June 8, 2010 with Dr. Boachie
    Thoracic curve: 55 degrees, corrected to 25 degrees
    Lumbar curve: 58 degrees, corrected to 27 degrees
    Posterior-only surgery, Levels T3-L3
    31 year old mother of 2 young kids

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2008

    Just remember that you will have some incredibly talented people working on you. They do this stuff day in and day out....

    Watch out for those "nasty nurses"... I know I did, they just didn’t seem to show up enough for me. LOL

    Pretty soon this will all be over.
    49 yr old male, now 61, the new 61...
    Pre surgery curves 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

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Wheeling, WV
    Hi Anne,

    I would like to share my blessings for your surgery as well. Hope all goes fast and smooth. Soon you will be over here with us post-oppies ready to help you in any way we can.

    Thoughts and prayers to you and your loved ones,

  9. #9
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    Jan 2009
    Ames, Iowa
    Best wishes on your surgery on Tuesday. It's a long road but worth it. Positive thoughts and prayers coming your way. 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.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Adelaide, Australia
    Best wishes of a safe and successful surgery and also a smooth ansd speedy recovery.
    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

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
    All the very best Anne. Ed's right, you'll have very talented people working on you and keeping you safe. They will do their utmost to give you the best result possible. Thinking of you and looking forward to hearing you've come through surgery and doing well.
    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

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Dec 2009

    Hope all goes well tomorrow with your surgery.Good thoughts and you are on my prayer list .
    Can't wait to hear from you when you are on the other side


  13. #13
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    New Bern, NC

    You have my best wishes and prayers as well. You will do just fine. If I could do it at age 67, almost 68, you can do it as well cause you are much younger than me.

    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.

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Hi Anne. Lots of good thoughts from another well wisher. Dr. Lonner is my doctor as well. He really inspires confidence. Looking forward to hearing lots of good things about him! Joy

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    I live in New Milford, Ct and grew up in Brooklyn, NY

    Getting ready

    Good luck tomorrow! Dr. Lonner did my surgery in 2006 and all went well.
    After 9 hours he was walking on air showing my family my new back-he didn't
    even look tired. He's a great doctor and has been there for every question since. I'm glad I logged on today-it'd been a while. dianeh
    ant./post. fusion Jan. '06
    T3- sacrum
    dbl.curve, T47,L43

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