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  1. Hi Linda, I don't know how many levels they're...

    Hi Linda,

    I don't know how many levels they're talking about fusing. When Dad said his doctor had recommended a fusion, (in addition to fixing the herniated disk he has), I grew alarmed. I said I...
  2. My 85 year-old father is being advised to have a fusion

    He uses a walker to get around and recently started feeling numbness in his feet. He's barely able to move, even with the walker. He consulted with Dr. Angiovine at Columbia Presbyterian in 11/09,...
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    Gryffindor, we didn't have to make arrangement...

    Gryffindor, we didn't have to make arrangement for accommodations because both our apartment and the hospital, NY Presbyterian, are in NYC, but we were able to stay in our son's room with him the...
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    Spencer continues to get better. Thanks for the...

    Spencer continues to get better. Thanks for the tip about the pain meds, but it's a moot point since he refuses to take any. (I think he vomited one too many times.) Everyone here has been so...
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    Update

    We ended up back in the hospital. When the pediatrician saw Spencer, she saw immediately how bad he looked; he's lost 17 pounds (from 154 to 137?in 2 weeks, and he was acting like a zombie! She...
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    Thanks to everyone for your good ideas and your...

    Thanks to everyone for your good ideas and your support.

    My first thought was that it was the pain meds. I told Spencer the pills might be upsetting his stomach, so he stopped taking them. He...
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    From what I've read online, it seems that being...

    From what I've read online, it seems that being able to move one's bowels does not rule out either ileus or SMA. Spencer had some ginger ale this morning and thus far has kept it down. We're trying...
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    I don't know if bowel sounds were a criterion for...

    I don't know if bowel sounds were a criterion for Spencer being allowed to eat and drink post op. We were not told that food or drink were restricted, but he didn't eat or drink anything for about 24...
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    I spoke w Dr Vitale tonight; he said if it was...

    I spoke w Dr Vitale tonight; he said if it was SMA it would have happened immediately after surgery, but the various things I read online said it typically happens 6-12 days post op. Kevinsmom posted...
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    SMA stands for superior mesenteric artery...

    SMA stands for superior mesenteric artery syndrome--a new, scary term for me.
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    Help! post surgery--possible SMA

    My son had a fusion on 6/30 with Dr. Michael Vitale. Spencer was discharged from the hospital on 7/4 and, aside from being quite crabby, seemed to be doing pretty well. But this past Sunday, 7/11,...
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    Glad to report Spencer is doing significantly...

    Glad to report Spencer is doing significantly better. He and his dad just walked over to the movie theater to buy tickets for Despicable Me (don't know why a 15 year-old is so bent on seeing this...
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    A movie! Good for you. I can't wait. Spencer's...

    A movie! Good for you. I can't wait. Spencer's mood is improving a bit every day, so suicide (mine) is off the table. ;) He's stopped asking me to help him up and down; he's more steady on his...
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    Thanks so much for the advice. His behavior has...

    Thanks so much for the advice. His behavior has improved slightly--maybe he's feeling better. (He doesn't share much.) I did a little foot massaging which seemed to cheer him up--great idea!
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    Angry teenager, 5 days post op

    My son had his fusion with Dr. Vitale last Wednesday, 6/30. He came through the surgery well, his thoracic curve was reduced from 58 to about 12 (we don't have a definite number yet). Although I was...
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    Thanks for all your thoughtful replies. Wishing,...

    Thanks for all your thoughtful replies. Wishing, your post is very instructive, but I am so sorry to hear of your difficulties. Maria, Dr. Betz has spoken very highly of Dr. Vitale which makes me...
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    Surgery scheduled for 6/16 with Dr. Vitale

    Very nervous of course. We were tentatively scheduled with Dr. Green at HSS; he's been following our son since age 9 (he's 14 now, 15 next week). Then we went back for follow ups with Dr. Betz and...
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    Thanks for all the input. Maria, you're the...

    Thanks for all the input. Maria, you're the reason we went to see Dr. Betz to begin with, and I so much appreciate the rec. Ramona, I'm sorry to hear your son's rib hump returned. Do you know how...
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    Need advice re surgery for my son

    Hi.

    I got some very helpful information from this forum a few months ago, so here I am, asking for your input again. I apologize in advance for the long post.

    My son was diagnosed with a curve...
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    Thanks to everyone for your input! It makes me...

    Thanks to everyone for your input! It makes me feel slightly better. We really liked Dr. Vitale, but getting another opinion is a great idea. Mariaf, yes, we are fellow New Yorkers. I'm curious...
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    Conflicting messages/measurements

    Hi
    My son was diagnosed with scoliosis in 2003; he was 8 years old. His curve was around 20˚ then. He was watched for three years while his curve worsened. About 2 and a half years ago, he...
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