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  1. Hi Ginny.... Like many here who have come...

    Hi Ginny....

    Like many here who have come before you, you're really between a rock and a hard place. Losing the functionality of standing and walking is really tough. But, it's important to...
  2. Nope. I think there are some instruments that...

    Nope. I think there are some instruments that might be an issue, but probably only if they're played for many hours a day, but I can't imagine that guitars would be a problem. Play on!
  3. Hi Irene... So many of us older folks feel...

    Hi Irene...

    So many of us older folks feel like our curves are worsening. You should definitely get evaluated by your specialist and have full spine radiographs taken. While it's possible that...
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    You'd have to check with a neurologist to be...

    You'd have to check with a neurologist to be certain, but some injuries are mild enough to be temporary, and can be reversible, while others are severe and can't be reversed. From listening to...
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    Hi Louise... I would consider getting a second...

    Hi Louise...

    I would consider getting a second opinion from another scoliosis specialist.

    --Linda
  6. I would try to find a physical therapist who has...

    I would try to find a physical therapist who has a doctorate degree, and who specializes in spine issues.
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    Hi Peter... It's actually not the end...

    Hi Peter...

    It's actually not the end vertebrae, it's the discs and vertebrae above and below the fusion that are very vulnerable to degeneration. Here's a good animation video explaining the...
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    It's just extra padding to help with any sore...

    It's just extra padding to help with any sore areas.
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    Here you go: 2075

    Here you go:
    2075
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    3D model printing is actually pretty rare in...

    3D model printing is actually pretty rare in relatively routine spinal surgeries. At UCSF, that technology is only used when patients have very unusual anatomy. Even with unusual anatomy, enhanced...
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    Sorry. I truly never meant to imply that you...

    Sorry. I truly never meant to imply that you were trying to influence either surgeon. My point is that everything we say MAY influence what the surgeon does. For many of the procedures that are...
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    It depends on the surgeon and on the procedure. ...

    It depends on the surgeon and on the procedure. When you have two experienced surgeons, I think they typically do the procedures (pedicle screws, etc.) on their side of the patient. If you're...
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    Hi Marie... Congratulations on doing your...

    Hi Marie...

    Congratulations on doing your research.

    I would personally not question or debate a skilled surgeon on their chosen technique, simply because your questions might conceivably cause...
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    I've always been able to figure out what level is...

    I've always been able to figure out what level is causing pain for me, by looking at a dermatome chart:
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    To show nerve impingement, you'd need a CT...

    To show nerve impingement, you'd need a CT myelogram.
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    I think it's the rare non-fusion that can be seen...

    I think it's the rare non-fusion that can be seen on plain x-ray. And, they're often not seen on any imaging. I think non-fusion problems can be difficult to diagnose, especially if it's more than...
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    Yes. Implants are any hardware implanted during...

    Yes. Implants are any hardware implanted during surgery.



    Take a look at this xray: https://www.bnasurg.com/treatment-options/lumbar-fusion/

    Think about what it would look like in a...
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    I'm unsure whether cadaver bone would be...

    I'm unsure whether cadaver bone would be considered bio-medical.



    Yes, fusion involves growing bone. And, the theory of bone stimulators is that it helps. Like anything else, it doesn't...
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    When the surgery is done, the surface of the...

    When the surgery is done, the surface of the vertebrae is usually roughed up a bit before bone (usually bone removed from your vertebrae during surgery and morselized), is applied to the surface. ...
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    I've heard surgeons say to wait 6 months to get...

    I've heard surgeons say to wait 6 months to get pregnant after a spinal fusion, so you will hopefully be fine.
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    It means that, at one or more levels, the...

    It means that, at one or more levels, the vertebrae that were meant to fuse together, didn't do that. In the image link below, the dark like between L5 and S1 probably means there was a failure to...
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    Hi... I was also diagnosed with osteopenia...

    Hi...

    I was also diagnosed with osteopenia around the time I was starting to consider surgery. I immediately started taking calcium, and have been taking it ever since. I have managed to reverse...
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    Hi... I would absolutely not pay $5,000 for a...

    Hi...

    I would absolutely not pay $5,000 for a brace. A $100-$200 LSO brace should provide the same lower back pain reduction. There are dozens of different braces available: ...
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    I personally would not choose to have surgery...

    I personally would not choose to have surgery unless I felt very strongly that my pain was truly intolerable, or if my thoracic curve was so large that it was going to impinge on my heart and lungs. ...
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    In my opinion, I'd trust your surgeon, who...

    In my opinion, I'd trust your surgeon, who doesn't have any financial interest in selling you a brace. If you look at the photos of the before and during brace treatment at the bottom of the link...
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