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    I'm glad you are up and going again. I hate being...

    I'm glad you are up and going again. I hate being sick. This is a tough time for everyone. I'm glad we have this forum. It helps to connect.
    Yes that was a very risky surgery last year. My...
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    I am 10 weeks post op from scapula fusion. It is...

    I am 10 weeks post op from scapula fusion. It is good to be out of the big, heavy brace. I am moving more and working on using my right hand more.
    I see the neurosurgeon for the 1 year spine...
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    Susan I am glad you checked the forum and posted...

    Susan I am glad you checked the forum and posted about your complications. I was of course speaking of you in my post.
    We all know that things can go very wrong and I am sure there is much more...
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    It is great to hear you are doing so well. I...

    It is great to hear you are doing so well. I remember reading your posts.
    I'm not sure why new people aren't active. I found this site very important as I made my decision. My surgeon told me about...
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    Welcome to the forum. It does seem that a lot of...

    Welcome to the forum. It does seem that a lot of posters haven't been on the forum.
    I only know of Dr. Lenke by what different members have posted. All was good.
    There is a lot of worry before...
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    Yes Ed we are so complicated. Like the bone song...

    Yes Ed we are so complicated. Like the bone song from children, everything is connected to the next bone.
    Without a doubt, the broken neck was way worse than the scapula fusion. In fact the scapula...
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    So far in Illinois we haven't n had snow but I...

    So far in Illinois we haven't n had snow but I think that is about to change. I am in a smaller sling now with passive movement from PT for next 6 weeks. Christmas wore me out. I have 7 grandchildren...
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    Just as suspected, the pain was worse with...

    Just as suspected, the pain was worse with beginning of PT. We did just a little movement and massage. A long way to go. We are very familiar with scoliosis surgery having a long recovery but this...
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    We managed the pain on Tylenol and gabapentain....

    We managed the pain on Tylenol and gabapentain. Also a pain block was left in the scapula area for 2 days past the surgery.. That was so I would lake deep breaths to reinflate the right lung and...
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    Hi Ed, I will answer about the rods here.. My...

    Hi Ed, I will answer about the rods here.. My original surgery was 2 rods that eventually were extended to C-4. But last October the neurosurgeon explored the fusion through the thoracic and found...
  11. My new spine has 4 rods also.. It could be a...

    My new spine has 4 rods also.. It could be a different way of doing. the scoliosis surgery. Also, the type and amount of hardware is listed on 'my chart' on my medical record. There is even the...
  12. Sounds like you are doing well. The xrays look...

    Sounds like you are doing well. The xrays look great. It is slow but keep walking . it will help.
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    Time moves so fast. Ten more days in the brace. I...

    Time moves so fast. Ten more days in the brace. I still can't get it on or off by myself.I had xrays on Tuesday. It looks like a strip of snaps on around 5 ribs.. I was told it is looking good. But...
  14. Good to hear from you and glad it went well. It...

    Good to hear from you and glad it went well. It will take time to feel better. A lot of naps and good food.
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    I'm still in the brace. I am doing better left...

    I'm still in the brace. I am doing better left handed. It is still a challenge to do most things. Changing clothes is an athletic endeavor. It can get very tiring.But coming along.
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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.
  20. 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...
  21. 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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