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  1. Hi Susan, If you have Kaiser for insurance, a...

    Hi Susan,
    If you have Kaiser for insurance, a great surgeon is Dr. Josef Gorek at the Oakland Spine Center. I am 58 and am 5 months post op. I think he did a great job, but I agree with other posts,...
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    Thanks Theresa! I was so glad to read your post...

    Thanks Theresa!
    I was so glad to read your post about the nerves in my upper back. And since I'm getting occasional burns shooting thru elsewhere also, such as in some of my numb areas not even at...
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    Hi Lori, Thanks for your reply. Oh.... I feel...

    Hi Lori,

    Thanks for your reply. Oh.... I feel so bad for you, since that sounds just like the pain I had pre-surgery, to the knee, tingling, aching, I had a bad sciatica mid butt along with it...
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    I am so glad to hear all of you fused to the...

    I am so glad to hear all of you fused to the sacrum, how much you've gradually been able to do! I am fused from T5 to sacrum and 3 months post op and now can reach a little past my knees when laying...
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    No, not everyone's insurance covers rehab. In...

    No, not everyone's insurance covers rehab. In fact most don't, I believe.
    I think whether you need someone 24/7 depends on you, how much you are having fused, which dictates how mobile you are after...
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    Good luck on your pinched nerve! What kind of...

    Good luck on your pinched nerve! What kind of shot does your surgeon suggest? What does the pain feel like?

    Just wondering since I'm 3 months post op and just started getting a shooting burning...
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    Lee, LISTEN to what everyone is saying about the...

    Lee, LISTEN to what everyone is saying about the meds. You have to stay on them even if you think you can do without. You always have to stay a step ahead of the pain, or it gets too bad and you need...
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    yea!! you did it!!

    Congratulations on being on the other side now, Chris! Sounds like you did great, and your complication will go away, I'm sure. I think almost everyone has something! Mine is an incisional hernia...
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    Thanks for the hope Pips!! I also had a big...

    Thanks for the hope Pips!! I also had a big anterior surgery. Guess I have a few months to go, since I'm not quite 3 months post op. I want to get my hernia fixed soon, so that I'll be able to...
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    Hi Linda, About how big and where was your...

    Hi Linda,
    About how big and where was your hernia located? How big is your incision and where is it? I've been looking hernias up online and yes, many more repairs are being done laparoscopically...
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    Thanks Linda for the info. At least I have an...

    Thanks Linda for the info. At least I have an idea what's up now. It makes sense, especially since I've had my incision opened up 3 times, maybe the layers were already stitched back up wrong. (or...
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    Hi Linda, etc. Well, when my surgeon first...

    Hi Linda, etc. Well, when my surgeon first checked me out, at my consultation before surgery, he felt the hernia at my previous incision that I had for my intestional surgery. I didn't even know I...
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    I didn't have the gas swelling too bad, but ended...

    I didn't have the gas swelling too bad, but ended up with a post surgery hernia, which will need surgery (again!) to fix! At first the doctor thought it was just normal swelling, but now 2 months...
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    Theresa, Thanks for all the info. That explains...

    Theresa,
    Thanks for all the info. That explains a lot to me. I am lucky so far that my balance is good. At first, when I stood up straight, it felt like my butt was sticking out too far, but my...
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    Theresa, boy you have been thru the mill! Is a...

    Theresa, boy you have been thru the mill! Is a pedicle substraction osteotomy where they take out a screw? How did you know when that was needed? Did you have a certain type of pain?
    You have such...
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    Linda G, you give me hope to be able to do more...

    Linda G, you give me hope to be able to do more as I heal!
    I am just over 2 months post op, fused to the sacrum, and can only reach to my knees without worrying that I'm going to pull something...
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    Well, I'm 2 months post op and feeling a little...

    Well, I'm 2 months post op and feeling a little better everyday, even though it's so slow. I think that no matter where we are fused to, as far as lumbar, L4 or L5 or Sacrum, we have to accept our...
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    Yes, I too am having lots of hair loss, 2 months...

    Yes, I too am having lots of hair loss, 2 months post op. But I remember two other surgeries and the same thing happened and then it stopped, so I'm not too worried. It is that anethesia and maybe...
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    We just bought a memory foam mattress topper that...

    We just bought a memory foam mattress topper that comes with a pillow-top type mattress pad. I hope they work for me because if my meds are wearing off, I feel like I'm laying on wood boards or...
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    I am fused to the sacrum. (T5 to Sacrum). I'm 7...

    I am fused to the sacrum. (T5 to Sacrum). I'm 7 weeks post op and am curious what exact flexibility I will have less of, than say... to be fused to L4 or L5. I won't ever know, and my surgeon said I...
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    Most hospitals welcome a family member staying...

    Most hospitals welcome a family member staying with you since it helps the patient get much better care. They told us the nurses were already overworked and it makes their job much easier. They...
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    Yea.......now she's on the other side!! I am so...

    Yea.......now she's on the other side!! I am so happy your mom did well and her correction is so great!! Thanks, Caleb, for keeping us updated and give her my love and support. Tell her I'm 7 weeks...
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    Hi Jan, I forgot that was you with the JanM....

    Hi Jan,
    I forgot that was you with the JanM. (not T) How are you anyway!? I was wondering where you were since I hadn't heard from you, especially since my surgery. Call anytime, or email.
    And...
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    OK Jan, I'm a good example. I just had surgery 6...

    OK Jan,
    I'm a good example. I just had surgery 6 weeks ago, had a 78 degree lumbar curve and was corrected to 23 degrees. I have no problem with either bowel or bladder control. In fact, I THINK...
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    It's over now!! I remember the feeling, less than...

    It's over now!! I remember the feeling, less than 7 weeks ago, and I can't wait to hear how you are. I'm glad you finally got my before and after photos the night before surgery. I can't wait to see...
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