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    Well I havenít updated on my spine in a while. Itís been 9 years since I went under the knife for my scoliosis. I remember the day I had my surgery I was scared and excited at the same time. I was thinking geez after 7 year of dealing with this Iím finally getting it surgically corrected. I was taken to the OR around 9:45 am. The surgery took place at UC Davis Medical center it was preformed at the time Dr Gupta who since moved back to the Midwest. The 1st 5 days after surgery I donít really remember. I pretty much only remember the last day the hospital. I was had standing x-ray films, I meet with Dr Gupta, had my last PT session. I had multiple follow up appointments my most recent was actually more of a emergency. I slipped in the bathtub and the fused area of my spine bent forward. Every thing checked out fine. Now my family probably found out what caused my Scoliosis.
    Kara
    29
    Boston Brace 4.15.05 to 5.25.06
    Posterior Spinal Fusion 3.10.10
    T4-L2

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    Kara

    Congratulations on 9 years.

    Do you have any pain at all? Any gripping or tightness? Just wondering....

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 63, the new 64...
    Pre surgery curves T70,L70
    ALIF/PSA 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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    • #3
      Hey Kara,

      Thanks for contributing to the forum. Your experience will help other people know what to expect.

      Sharon
      Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

      No island of sanity.

      Question: What do you call alternative medicine that works?
      Answer: Medicine


      "We are all African."

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      • #4
        Ed I still do pain yes but itís became part of my everyday life so I donít really really think to much about it.
        Thanks Sharon that means a lot to hear
        Kara
        29
        Boston Brace 4.15.05 to 5.25.06
        Posterior Spinal Fusion 3.10.10
        T4-L2

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Karagirly View Post
          Ed I still do pain yes but itís became part of my everyday life so I donít really really think to much about it.
          I know what you are saying....I think we get pretty good at adapting to scoliosis. You have done well.

          I went camping at the incredible Eastern Sierras south of Reno last week, (By Yosemite) and forgot my long shoe horn. I have been getting lazy these days by using my shoe horn and putting on my shoes without this tool took some extra effort (sigh).....but I did see a very large Bald Eagle at Twin Lakes, Ca which made the trip worth while.

          You cant help but notice these majestic birds with the white head and tail, they are so stunning.....perhaps they set many examples of freedom, hope, and strength etc that one thinks about....It was almost like he was sending me a message to stay strong and exercise resilience as I have been slacking lately. They will grasp a large fish they cannot lift out of a lake, and swim with their wings to get dinner to shore. Sound familiar? Almost like when we are in pain, we also find resolve, find a solution in coping with our afflictions.

          Ed
          49 yr old male, now 63, the new 64...
          Pre surgery curves T70,L70
          ALIF/PSA 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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          • #6
            Speaking of birds. I actually have pet birds.
            Kara
            29
            Boston Brace 4.15.05 to 5.25.06
            Posterior Spinal Fusion 3.10.10
            T4-L2

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Karagirly View Post
              Speaking of birds. I actually have pet birds.
              Congratulations on 9 years, Kara! I am only 3 years out and it is people like you that are an inspiration to me. I love your positive attitude and how you don't left the negative things in life get in your way. You are a very strong girl!

              Kathy
              Decompression surgery L4/L5
              April 3, 2015
              Twin Cities Spine Center - Dr. Joseph Perra
              Fused from T11 - Sacrum anterior/posterior
              June 24, 2016 - 55 years old at surgery
              Twin Cities Spine Center - Dr. Joseph Perra
              Before Surgery: 42 degrees lumbar, 28 degrees thoracic
              After Surgery: 10 degrees lumbar, ?? Thoracic
              2 inches taller

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              • #8
                Way to go! 9 years is a long time. Glad you are doing okay
                Melissa

                Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

                April 21, 2020- another broken rod surgery

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                • #9
                  Happy 9th anniversary, Kara! I am sorry this is late. I havenít checked the forum in a long time.
                  Karen

                  Surgery-Jan. 5, 2011-Dr. Lenke
                  Fusion T-4-sacrum-2 cages/5 osteotomies
                  70 degree thoracolumbar corrected to 25
                  Rib Hump-GONE!
                  Age-60 at the time of surgery
                  Now 66
                  Avid Golfer & Tap Dancer
                  Retired Kdgn. Teacher

                  See photobucket link for:
                  Video of my 1st Day of Golf Post-Op-3/02/12-Bradenton, FL
                  Before and After Picture of back 1/7/11
                  tap dancing picture at 10 mos. post op 11/11/11-I'm the one on the right.
                  http://s1119.photobucket.com/albums/k630/pottoff2/

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