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  • ErinMK's Avatar
    03-26-2021, 02:02 PM
    Hi everyone I have so many questions... Been trying to avoid a fusion for decades but it looks like it's coming at me fast all of a sudden. ...
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  • Scoliatic's Avatar
    03-26-2021, 10:49 PM
    Hello, I am scoliatic and I require assistance. I have a fairly large back hump, my chest is pointed, and I have like many of you, uneven shoulders....
    14 replies | 5810 view(s)
  • Scoliatic's Avatar
    04-01-2021, 08:28 PM
    Scoliatic started a thread Scoliosis and Exercise in Other
    So I want to get strong. Not just so that I have muscles but to help with scoliosis. I am going to have final fusion this summer and wont be able to...
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  • Sharon C's Avatar
    04-08-2021, 03:15 PM
    Sharon C started a thread Flat Back in Surgical (Revision)
    Hi all... Haven't written in years, but I have had flatback since my original lower back surgery/fusion in 2005. It has been the bane of my...
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  • Scoliatic's Avatar
    04-01-2021, 08:57 PM
    Fellow humans, I am going to have final fusion this summer and am nervous about it and wish to know more about it from people who have survived the...
    3 replies | 1875 view(s)
  • LindaRacine's Avatar
    03-14-2021, 04:58 PM
    I've been following Dr. Hanscom's BLOG for several years, and have a great deal of respect for him. His most recent post has a lot of good info...
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  • LindaRacine's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:08 PM
    LindaRacine replied to a thread Flat Back in Surgical (Revision)
    Tina... Obviously, none of us know what is going on with your spine. Your surgeon could just be a jerk, or it's possible that they're completely...
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  • Tina_R's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:22 PM
    Tina_R replied to a thread Flat Back in Surgical (Revision)
    There's a lot written about blame in this thread. When a delicate surgery like spinal fusion doesn't accomplish all that is expected, like the...
    20 replies | 2458 view(s)
  • jackieg412's Avatar
    04-10-2021, 07:48 AM
    jackieg412 replied to a thread Flat Back in Surgical (Revision)
    All of this is so complex. Also it is call practicing medicine. The doctors refer to where they work as their practice. Now I changed surgeons from...
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  • titaniumed's Avatar
    04-10-2021, 01:14 AM
    titaniumed replied to a thread Flat Back in Surgical (Revision)
    Thanks for posting the link Linda. I have seen some of this material in my old (2005-2010) scoliosis surgical books and have wondered about all the...
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  • titaniumed's Avatar
    04-10-2021, 01:09 AM
    titaniumed replied to a thread Flat Back in Surgical (Revision)
    Linda, That's correct....Blame and envy cause massive amounts of anxiety....and as far as bear traps (thoracic gripping) are concerned, not everyone...
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  • Tina_R's Avatar
    04-09-2021, 07:09 PM
    Tina_R replied to a thread Flat Back in Surgical (Revision)
    I think this is exactly what it is. He doesn't want to talk about it because he'd have to admit something he did is lacking. You're lucky he's even...
    20 replies | 2458 view(s)
  • LindaRacine's Avatar
    04-09-2021, 05:48 PM
    LindaRacine replied to a thread Flat Back in Surgical (Revision)
    Iatrogenic flatback is caused by a lack of perfect sagittal balance created during spinal fusion procedures. It's a very complex calculation, and...
    20 replies | 2458 view(s)
  • Tina_R's Avatar
    04-09-2021, 05:39 PM
    Tina_R replied to a thread Flat Back in Surgical (Revision)
    But if your back literally flattens and loses its curve it has to change shape. How can this happen if the spine and the rods don't bend?
    20 replies | 2458 view(s)
  • jackieg412's Avatar
    04-09-2021, 04:46 PM
    jackieg412 replied to a thread Flat Back in Surgical (Revision)
    No the rods do not have to break or bend. The rods are strong but the need for perfect balance is even stronger so the rods and screws are pulled...
    20 replies | 2458 view(s)
  • Tina_R's Avatar
    04-09-2021, 04:12 PM
    Tina_R replied to a thread Flat Back in Surgical (Revision)
    Wow. How is that possible? The metal rods would have to bend, wouldn't they?
    20 replies | 2458 view(s)
  • LindaRacine's Avatar
    04-09-2021, 04:09 PM
    LindaRacine replied to a thread Flat Back in Surgical (Revision)
    None of that is absolute.
    20 replies | 2458 view(s)
  • Sharon C's Avatar
    04-09-2021, 01:29 PM
    Sharon C replied to a thread Flat Back in Surgical (Revision)
    I actually brought the flatback issue up with Dr Menmuir when I found that the upper surgery didn't improve my "pushed forward" feel. He said no, his...
    20 replies | 2458 view(s)
  • Sharon C's Avatar
    04-09-2021, 01:16 PM
    Sharon C replied to a thread Flat Back in Surgical (Revision)
    Haha! Yes, I remember you commenting on the nice digs. Too bad we can't appreciate them as much as we might in that situation, but it was MUCH better...
    20 replies | 2458 view(s)
  • titaniumed's Avatar
    04-09-2021, 11:59 AM
    titaniumed replied to a thread Flat Back in Surgical (Revision)
    I remember coming down to the hospital since your room in the new wing at Renown was puurtty nice.... I thought I was checked in at the Westin in the...
    20 replies | 2458 view(s)
  • LindaRacine's Avatar
    04-09-2021, 10:49 AM
    LindaRacine replied to a thread Flat Back in Surgical (Revision)
    Yes...
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  • Sharon C's Avatar
    04-09-2021, 02:05 AM
    Sharon C replied to a thread Flat Back in Surgical (Revision)
    Just left a full response that magically disappeared....C'est la Vie! Yes Ed, I remember the restaurant, and also your visit to Renown after my...
    20 replies | 2458 view(s)
  • Sharon C's Avatar
    04-09-2021, 01:31 AM
    Sharon C replied to a thread Flat Back in Surgical (Revision)
    Thanks Linda. I don't know if SF is a possibility for me either, as I'm not sure about insurance and the other logistics, but I sure appreciate your...
    20 replies | 2458 view(s)
  • titaniumed's Avatar
    04-08-2021, 10:31 PM
    titaniumed replied to a thread Flat Back in Surgical (Revision)
    Sharon, Long time no C.... Dr Menmuir went to Florida, and Dr Halki was my other scoliosis surgeon. That would be another "local" option for an...
    20 replies | 2458 view(s)
  • jackieg412's Avatar
    04-08-2021, 06:32 PM
    I do have an appointment in June for a Dr in movement specialty. I am anxious to see if he can make any suggestions. I'm not sure where the hand...
    116 replies | 75686 view(s)
  • Tina_R's Avatar
    04-08-2021, 06:13 PM
    Tina_R replied to a thread Flat Back in Surgical (Revision)
    Is flat back possible after a full fusion?
    20 replies | 2458 view(s)
  • LindaRacine's Avatar
    04-08-2021, 03:54 PM
    If you can find a physical therapist who specializes in gait analysis, they might be able to help. --Linda
    116 replies | 75686 view(s)
  • LindaRacine's Avatar
    04-08-2021, 03:52 PM
    LindaRacine replied to a thread Flat Back in Surgical (Revision)
    Hi Sharon... Correction of flatback is relatively common for the surgeons who perform a lot of complex spine surgery, even for older individuals. ...
    20 replies | 2458 view(s)
  • titaniumed's Avatar
    04-08-2021, 02:08 PM
    Nerve healing most likely has a lot to do with how much damage was done....I guess they are trying to find out with the EMG's. There is a long...
    116 replies | 75686 view(s)
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