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    Unfortunately, even with smaller, lower profile...

    Unfortunately, even with smaller, lower profile implants, some people are really bothered by the feeling. I think it's often because of muscle movement.
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    Hi Sharon... I've gotten accustomed to the...

    Hi Sharon...

    I've gotten accustomed to the implants and don't really feel them. Unfortunately, I really hate the lack of flexibility. It's very difficult for me to get up from the floor/ground. ...
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    I've found that the most convenient way to see...

    I've found that the most convenient way to see what's new, is to click on "New Posts" in the upper left-hand corner. I get a list of only what's occurred since I last read the Forum.
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    I think it's turned off for the entire group, but...

    I think it's turned off for the entire group, but I'll ask Joe O'Brien when I next talk to him.

    --Linda
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    Those are the standard long cassette xrays, one...

    Those are the standard long cassette xrays, one view taken from either the front or the back, and one from the side. When flatback is an issue, they need to be able to see what the spine looks like...
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    Hi Sharon... Glad you clarified that. It...

    Hi Sharon...

    Glad you clarified that. It makes sense that they would do anterior and posterior surgeries.

    It may be possible to submit your films and have a telemedicine appointment with one...
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    Hi Sharon... I did have an ALIF, but it was...

    Hi Sharon...

    I did have an ALIF, but it was part of a combined anterior/posterior procedure.

    A standalone ALIF is not something I've heard of being done, but that doesn't mean it's not an...
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    Scoliosis surgery is almost always optional. ...

    Scoliosis surgery is almost always optional. Many people choose to live with the pain, disability, and deformity. I think most older patients who choose to have surgery, do so because of the pain....
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    That's pretty much it. ...

    That's pretty much it.

    https://pubs.rsna.org/doi/10.1148/rg.307105061

    "Because of vertebral morphologic changes (eg, wedging and rotation), a structural curve is not correctable with...
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    It's typically either in the notes, or on the...

    It's typically either in the notes, or on the anesthesia record.
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    Nope, no such law (then or now). The only reason...

    Nope, no such law (then or now). The only reason they'd wake a patient up for permission is if they either didn't know they'd stage the surgery, or they forgot to get permission prior to anesthesia.
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    Yes, if it's two stage, then it's probable that...

    Yes, if it's two stage, then it's probable that they will be doing at least one from the front of the spine. It could be ALIF, but it could also be XLIF, DLIF, or who knows what they've come up with...
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    Hi Linda... Dr. Ames almost always operates...

    Hi Linda...

    Dr. Ames almost always operates with Dr. Vedat Deviren when he does complex spine surgeries. Dr. Deviren is an Orthopaedic Surgeon, so you'll likely have the benefit of both...
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    I know I've said this many times, but I like to...

    I know I've said this many times, but I like to remind folks that grafts are taken from the iliac crest (which is part of the pelvis), and not the hip. The reason I make a point of this is that I've...
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    I would assume it was a swab for testing for...

    I would assume it was a swab for testing for infection.
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    A CT-myelogram is pretty much the norm for adult...

    A CT-myelogram is pretty much the norm for adult deformity surgery. I've had several of them. While I find it's never very comfortable laying on a hard table, and, depending on what they're trying...
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    As far as I can remember, I have not heard of...

    As far as I can remember, I have not heard of anyone else with this issue.
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    If surgeons had to list every single nerve that...

    If surgeons had to list every single nerve that might be injured, it would probably take hours to get through the complication discussion.

    It's really unfortunate when these things occur, but in...
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    Hi Fran... I also have Zielke implants on the...

    Hi Fran...

    I also have Zielke implants on the front of my spine. They are stainless steel.

    People have revision surgeries at all ages. I've known people all the way from their teens, into...
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    Yes, this would still not be an emergency

    Yes, this would still not be an emergency
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    Who's going to do the testing? In terms of...

    Who's going to do the testing? In terms of Schroth, there is some evidence that it helps, at least on a temporary basis. The thing we don't know is what happens to these patients over the remainder...
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    Nope. As far as I know, only Joe, myself, and...

    Nope. As far as I know, only Joe, myself, and the person who posts, are able to remove previous posts. I definitely didn't do that, and I can't imagine Joe would, as he never gets involved without...
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    I think you're approaching this intelligently. ...

    I think you're approaching this intelligently. If you do core strengthening, I believe it's absolutely possible to hold off problems... maybe not forever, but at least for awhile. And, if you...
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    BINGO. 100% agree.

    BINGO. 100% agree.
  25. While I'm not a medical professional, I don't see...

    While I'm not a medical professional, I don't see anything unusual here. If you want to know if there is a problem, look at the radiologist's report, or talk to your spine specialist.
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