View Full Version : Mother going for surgery Aug 31

08-28-2006, 03:49 PM
Hi everybody,
I'm new at posting. My mom is going in for surgery on August 31st in San Francisco. She's 73. She has severe scoliosis and it's squishing her lungs. Her surgeon is Dr. Serena Hu. I just wondered if you all would pray nice things and think good thoughts for her. Her name is Betty Newton and she's a trooper. She also has a really good heart, in more ways than one.

Thanks, and bless you on your journeys.
Laura Brittain

08-29-2006, 09:12 AM
I hope and pray that your mother's surgery and recovery will be successful and uncomplicated. Quite a surgery for a 73-year old to endure....how many vertebrae will be fused?


08-30-2006, 09:06 AM
Hi guys,
Most of mom's spine will be redone. Then if she's ok they will do some work on the rib hump. She's quite a trooper. So determined. I have a lot of respect for all of you who've had the surgery, even who've had to live with this condition.

Take care,

08-30-2006, 10:01 AM
I will certainly be thinking of and praying for you and your mother tomorrow. So, will she possibly have a 2nd surgery (for the rib hump) if everything goes well tomorrow?Please let us know how she's doing whenever you are able. Take care-


08-30-2006, 11:01 AM
I hope everything goes well for you mother. I will be thinking of her tomorrow. Please let us know how things go.

08-30-2006, 11:13 PM
Just found out Mom's surgery is at 6 or 7 a.m. tomorrow (August 31st). The surgeon showed Mom's xrays to her students and other doctors as a "challenge" case. Mom hasn't once mentioned being nervous, although I think she might be. She says you just have to put one foot in front of the other.
They're going to do one back-straightening operation tomorrow and maybe conclude it in a second operation on Saturday. T2 to L5.
Probably they won't change the rib hump. I wish I knew her curvatures so I could post them.

She is a cute, little, almost old lady. Very pretty.

Bless you... all...

08-31-2006, 09:52 AM
Praying things are going well for your mom right now.

08-31-2006, 11:06 AM

Prayers and positive thoughts for your mom and you. She is blessed to have a daughter like you.l


09-01-2006, 02:49 AM
God love her Laura. I am sure he does and you, he loves us all. I am praying for you and will do tomorrow. It is 5.43pm Friday night 1st September here in Australia. So I will have a little longer for my prayers.
Bless you both. I love her philosophy . Just put one foot in front of the other ,I think there is a lot of people who could learn a lot from that.

Macky xx

09-01-2006, 10:15 AM
Mom's surgery went well yesterday. Instead of a 7 hour surgery, which we expected, it was only 4 and a half hours. Instead of doing more surgery today, which they said they might have done, they may or may not do a rib hump removal in a year. By then she'll be a tender young 74 year-old.

Last I heard she was still "asleep", (held under with the medicine), but they're waking her up today.

They are so good at this operation now, it's quite remarkable.
I will post when I hear that she's awake. From here on out it's just recovery, travel, lots of work.

Dad, who hadn't ever been on a commercial flight before this trip to SF, said that when they wheeled her out of prep and he and she exchanged a few words she looked calm. And she looked sort of triumphant, he said.
Her determination is so vast.

He said this surgery could add 5 or 10 years to her life. She really couldn't breathe well before and had to nap continuously throughout the days. She could nap anywhere instantly.

So, good luck to all of you in your days. Thanks for the prayers, that meant so much. I was a bit nervous. So was my sister.

She'll hopefully be bossing the nurses around soon. (Hee Hee.)


09-01-2006, 02:19 PM
So glad to hear the surgery went well. Your mom sounds like quite a woman! Best wishes to you, hope your mom's recovery goes as well as her surgery. Take care-


09-01-2006, 02:30 PM
So glad to hear Mom's well. Please keep us posted on her recovery.

09-02-2006, 05:27 AM
Oh Laura, I nearly cried when I read your post. I am so very happy for your family. Wow the power of prayer. The operation took a much shorter time than expected and then no second operation.
I wish you all the very best and a quick and succesful recovery for your wonderful mum.


09-04-2006, 05:35 AM
Laura great to hear your mum went well in her operation. She is a trooper!!! :)
Keep us posted on her recovery.

Lee xx :)

09-08-2006, 12:45 PM
Hi guys, hope you're well.

I told Mom about people's prayers and good thoughts when I was in the hospital the past few days. She smiled. She's drifting in and out of that necessary dance with pain killers. She has good nurses, great doctors, and does her Physical Therapy daily. It's been a week since the operation and she is slowly recovering, but without any complications. The doctors say she is doing fine and can possibly come home to San Diego in about a week. We'll see. She's still too weak to move. When she does it will probably be by ambulance.

It's been a little bit surprising to me to see how long she's in bed, unable to function. That's because of the highly-necessary meds. But she does eat a little, comb her hair, sit up with help...

I'm writing down this experience in the hope that it will encourage and help educate others. I figure if my little old 73-year old mommy can do this, it may be a flag of hope for someone else. Seems like this surgery is often covered by insurance and government programs, so...
But her scoliosis was so severe it would have killed her eventually.
We'll see if this helps her lungs. She looks taller.

Above all, my mom hasn't shown any fear. So that's good. She is good and dopey right now, though!

Thanks for listening!

Take care, all,
Enjoy your days.

09-08-2006, 03:51 PM
Dear Laura,

Thanks so much for sharing your mother's story with us. what a courageous woman she is! I am 47 and everyone thought it was amazing that I was having scoliosis surgery at my age; can't imagine it at 74.

So glad to hear that her surgery went well and she is safely recovering. It is a slow process, even at my age, but it sounds like she has a marvelous family and support system and that she will do fine. Hope that this will give you and her family many more good years with her!

6 wks post-op from posterior surgery 7/24/06
for T70,L76 curves

09-09-2006, 12:01 AM
Hi Deb,
Thanks for your note. I used to decorate cakes and I'm 47. Coincidences.

How're you doing now?

Take care,

Karen Ocker
09-09-2006, 06:32 PM
Your Mom really needs to keep moving to prevent complications such as pneumonia and clots. Make sure the nurses/somebody get her out of bed and WALKING.

I strongly suggest your mom go to a rehab hosp before going home--covered by Medicare. There she will be helped to get on her feet sooner and safely.
She's more likely to get appropriate pain management and early therapy as well.
They will be better at it that you could possibly be.

That's what I did at 60. I stayed for 2 weeks.

Ask around for a good place(discharge planner)

09-10-2006, 08:54 PM
Hi Karen,
Mom is walking and doing physical therapy. I talked to her today and she sounds really good. She's really motivated to get healing by being active.

Actually the plan is exactly as you suggested with the acute rehab facility.

Thanks so much for you caring advice,
Hope you're well.