View Full Version : Body alignment post-surgery

07-28-2016, 03:58 PM
I am probably too early yet in my recovery, but when do you feel, um, I guess connected to your back? I still feel like it is this board-straight element on my body I am trying to move around. I feel unnatural walking, I realized I am not really swinging my arms naturally but they kinda hang there. I have a tendency to want to raise my shoulders when I walk too. I just feel sooo tight. I have read enough posts to know this is probably normal but when do you loosen up?

From a visual standpoint, the change is remarkable and I really feel normal for the first time since I was 12. I never dreamed the deformity could be so corrected. It was something I never let bother me on the outside but the last few years it has been more and more difficult to wear regular clothes. I am excited to start this second chapter of my life but it is taking all my patience. Stir-crazy at 6 weeks should be my new profile name!

Finally, the hook that is protruding as a bump at the very top of my back is pretty noticeable, but nothing compared to what my back used to look like. My surgeon said he could go back in a year after fusion to clip it down. Would you go this? I am thinking if it isn't hurting me, why go through another surgery? I really don't want to see an OR ever again!

Thanks everyone!

07-28-2016, 08:56 PM
Hi Jana....

I honestly can't remember when I started feeling normal in terms of how I was standing and walking. I can tell you that if I think about it, I still feel different than I did before surgery. At some point, it just became relatively acceptable.

If the hook bothers you enough, having it removed should be a relatively easy surgery. If it doesn't bother you, I would definitely not have it removed. Even though it's a small surgery, there are surgical risks.