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  1. Patients will travel back to see their...

    Patients will travel back to see their surgeon....I don't know if anyone has seen another surgeon on a follow up. (Unless its international) I don't think it's a good idea....(unless your surgeon...
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    Hi Nancy, Welcome to the forum! Marta has not...

    Hi Nancy, Welcome to the forum!

    Marta has not posted for quite some time and has been inactive. If you like, I will send her a PM (Private mail) through the NSF system.

    Where were your...
  3. Dr Menmuir is an excellent doctor.... Glad my...

    Dr Menmuir is an excellent doctor....

    Glad my photos helped

    Mobility in the spine is highest in the lumbar levels, each level about 25 degrees plus. Depends on which direction. With 3 unfused...
  4. Even though many members will travel for their...

    Even though many members will travel for their surgeries, staying local does have its advantages. Complications can happen anywhere, with any surgeon, and traveling with a complication does not sound...
  5. Frank Schwab at HSS...

    Frank Schwab at HSS
    https://www.hss.edu/physicians_schwab-frank.asp

    Baron Lonner
    https://www.mountsinai.org/profiles/baron-s-lonner

    Long time no see...What happened to your blog?

    Ed
  6. Irene, You know that it's perfectly ok not to...

    Irene, You know that it's perfectly ok not to make a decision right now. If so, just say your not ready and need a little more time to think things over....

    I also agree with Linda in that you...
  7. Here we go...When we are put under, our blood...

    Here we go...When we are put under, our blood pressure drops roughly 25%. It's the meds, the morphine. You can stroke or infarct nerves, or the spinal cord, and have problems. Thanks for posting...
  8. This is correct, they won't offer surgery if they...

    This is correct, they won't offer surgery if they don't think it will be an improvement. However, Dr U is saying no for a reason....(I had no idea) and it deserves some thought. Why do surgeons of...
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    I see, What did you do for your scoliosis from...

    I see, What did you do for your scoliosis from age 24 until the first accident? Anything at all? I take it your curves were under the surgical threshold of 45-50 degrees....so no talk about doing...
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    Yes, broken neck or a dorsal root compression,...

    Yes, broken neck or a dorsal root compression, inflammation, or low grade infection at the C8 or T1 osteotomy sites. Have they done a MRI or CT of your neck lately? You would think they would want to...
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    That's good news....infections can be hard to...

    That's good news....infections can be hard to deal with, (especially on hardware) but they are making headway. Pain is your first indicator.

    The other thread I posted with the ASC surgeon...
  12. Irene, How bad is the pain? Can you describe it?...

    Irene, How bad is the pain? Can you describe it? Describing pain needs to be exact, symptoms need to match and correlate. There has to be a relationship that the doctors can see....

    Neuropathic...
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    Yeah....Recurrent lucency or recurrent infection?...

    Yeah....Recurrent lucency or recurrent infection? I have been through quite a few biofilm studies and articles, and it seems that these low grade infections can flair up as the cells break off or...
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    Dr Betz interview on ASC

    They incise the disc also along with the longitudinal ligament..... And the disc heals after surgery.....

    Discs do heal.....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0oVV3aG93Q&ab_channel=Dr.DerekLee
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    Dr Antonacci discussion about VBT vs ASC

    Ok, some questions are answered from the old days of VBT here (2013 era) from this very informative video

    ASC involves the mini open and also the incision of the Anterior Ligament. Much evolved...
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    I once played Winthrop in the Music Man in the...

    I once played Winthrop in the Music Man in the 9th grade.... "Gary Indiana, Gary Indiana, Gary Indiana, that's the place I rather be!" Also, had to sing and dance it with a lisp....and also won a...
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    Susan, Do you use oxygen? I have not heard of Po2...

    Susan, Do you use oxygen? I have not heard of Po2 mentioned here, but as an adult diver, many dive companies require Nitrox certifications to dive. Nitrox is oxygenated Air. We don't monitor...
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    I think your doing great Sharon.....it's amazing...

    I think your doing great Sharon.....it's amazing how well your L5-S1 is doing.

    We should have done a time lapse video of us playing musical chairs! Ha ha

    Ed
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    Erin, Your a diver.....Here is a video....watch...

    Erin, Your a diver.....Here is a video....watch it over and over.....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTQogWktjFM&ab_channel=ExpeditionDrenched

    Relax....Breathe for anxiety, In hard, hold for...
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    Thanks for posting the link Linda. I have seen...

    Thanks for posting the link Linda. I have seen some of this material in my old (2005-2010) scoliosis surgical books and have wondered about all the different spine shapes...Having the right software...
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    Linda, That's correct....Blame and envy cause...

    Linda, That's correct....Blame and envy cause massive amounts of anxiety....and as far as bear traps (thoracic gripping) are concerned, not everyone carries an umbrella when the rain clouds move...
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    I remember coming down to the hospital since your...

    I remember coming down to the hospital since your room in the new wing at Renown was puurtty nice.... I thought I was checked in at the Westin in the Presidential suite out at Kaanapali Beach in...
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    Sharon, Long time no C.... Dr Menmuir went to...

    Sharon, Long time no C....

    Dr Menmuir went to Florida, and Dr Halki was my other scoliosis surgeon. That would be another "local" option for an opinion. Chances are Dr Halki was there for your PJK...
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    Nerve healing most likely has a lot to do with...

    Nerve healing most likely has a lot to do with how much damage was done....I guess they are trying to find out with the EMG's.

    There is a long history of nerve repair surgeries and nerve...
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    10 days in the hospital. Couch? ouch......

    10 days in the hospital.

    Couch? ouch... (Smiley face) I did a LOT of walking....many short walks, no long walks. No laying around all day.

    What is it like to have your vertebrae fused? Seems...
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