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    The implants can be sized to your bone size. My...

    The implants can be sized to your bone size. My surgeon used cervical screws in the thoracic to keep them smaller. You do get used to the implants. It is more how the implants restrict the ways you...
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    I will be using a hospital bed and recliner. It...

    I will be using a hospital bed and recliner. It gets painful in bed so I have to get up in the chair.
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    I am 2 weeks today. Only 4 weeks until brace...

    I am 2 weeks today. Only 4 weeks until brace comes off. It is uncomfortable in the brace and to do everything one handed is a learning curve but I am getting there.
    The brace has caused a lot of...
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    Some larger sites also have an xray called EOS....

    Some larger sites also have an xray called EOS. It is a low dose full body scan that is standing. They can see the whole body, hips, knees ,legs, head. All in one X-Ray.
  5. You may be able to go to rehab closer to your...

    You may be able to go to rehab closer to your home. You can begin to search that out so that you are knowledgeable before hand. If you don't need it or choose not to go that is okay. You will need...
  6. It looks like you have a plan. It also sounds...

    It looks like you have a plan. It also sounds like you have been prepared over the years for treatment. Keep reading from the forum and preparing yourself by staying as strong as you can. It will be...
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    I did make it to rehab. It wasn't an easy trip....

    I did make it to rehab. It wasn't an easy trip. Everybody at rehab questions the brace .it is unusual and difficult to deal with.it wasn't as painful as I thought.
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    I did make it to rehab. Not easy

    I did make it to rehab. Not easy
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    Thanks Ed. I do have to be at the hospital very...

    Thanks Ed. I do have to be at the hospital very early. But at least the anesthesiologist was able to speak to my Doctor today. . We refilled the pump so that nothing needs to be done with it until...
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    Hi and welcome to the forum. You will find great...

    Hi and welcome to the forum. You will find great information here. No one can really help you making the decision for surgery. Maybe a family member. Find a surgeon you can speak openly with and...
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    One week away and so far this scapulothorasic...

    One week away and so far this scapulothorasic surgery is still scheduled for November 9. I did pass all testing but it is still a week away.
    I did watch my surgeon give a presentation on this...
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    I am now down to 2 weeks before scapulothorasic...

    I am now down to 2 weeks before scapulothorasic fusion. This is new to me and I'm not sure what to expect. The little info that Ed sent is valuable.
    I know what to expect with spine and there is a...
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    Yes you are correct. I am sure that a surgeon...

    Yes you are correct. I am sure that a surgeon would not take the bone from the hip as you say. I think sometimes I just get confused between the hip and the pelvis.
    But this surgeon will be taking...
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    I watched the video. She seems to do OK. I know...

    I watched the video. She seems to do OK. I know this surgeon plans on doing the graft from my hip.
    I never had that done with the spine but they used some of the bone that was removed, and cadaver...
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    I forgot to add that the neurosurgeon keeps...

    I forgot to add that the neurosurgeon keeps saying that my body size complicates things. Not a lot of muscle or body fat and very small bones. That is just what we have to work with.
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    Yes the skin under the brace has to be closely...

    Yes the skin under the brace has to be closely watched. I have some white men's t shirts for that. If they have to cut part of them it isn't a big deal. Remember I cannot duck at all due to the...
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    The problem with the brace is that nothing but a...

    The problem with the brace is that nothing but a blanket or tent will fit over it so anything I have for clothes hard to fit under it.
    I understand that it will take 2 people to change my clothes...
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    You are right Ed. Most of my surgeries have been...

    You are right Ed. Most of my surgeries have been in the fall. Last year it was October 30. My thoughts were I would be a fright and ready for Halloween. We have to have humor some where.
    I'm in...
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    The young lady has managed well. I know I cannot...

    The young lady has managed well. I know I cannot do as she did. First of all I have 2 arms and I am used to that.
    I still think it will be a challenge.
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    I am on count down to the next big surgery....

    I am on count down to the next big surgery. November 9 is the date. I spoke again to the surgeon, expressed I was a little nervous about this scapulothorasic fusion. I said I knew how to do spine...
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    Maybe you can try a different hospital to do the...

    Maybe you can try a different hospital to do the test. You can request a disc and bring it to your surgeon.
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    Yes I have had a myelogram prior to surgery. It...

    Yes I have had a myelogram prior to surgery. It isn't the most comfortable . It did provide my surgeon valuable information. The CT is just part of it and that is easy.
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    You are correct Linda. The spine is so complex...

    You are correct Linda. The spine is so complex and so much depends on it.
    We can put it in a way as so many things are difficult to deal with-- just choose.
    I may have missed any discussion on the...
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    Today I will have another appointment for a...

    Today I will have another appointment for a discussion of the scapulothorasic fusion in November. I have the brace to bring to the appointment to make sure it is correct. There was a difficult time...
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    I want to say welcome to the forum. I am not...

    I want to say welcome to the forum. I am not familiar with your implants. I would say as far as exercise do anything you can do compfortly. You have healed a long time ago. I'm not sure if at a young...
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