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  1. Thread: 2 years out.

    by Ginger W.
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    2 years out.

    Dear Scoli Friends -

    It's always helpful to know how others have managed LATER in their recoveries. I like to share in December since it's a time when many donate to causes which mean something...
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    A report - two years after surgery

    Dear Scoli Friends -

    It's always helpful to know how others have managed LATER in their recoveries. I like to share in December since it's a time when many donate to causes which mean something...
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    I use Sketchers shoes. Some provide more shock...

    I use Sketchers shoes. Some provide more shock absorbtion than others. I have tried various varieties at the Sketcher store and like the ones which are marshmellowy soft. When I get a pair which...
  4. Continuing - best topper for ME

    For me, the best toppers are SOFT. That way, there is no pressure on my spine. I've done solo trips around the world, mostly in 3rd World countries. I always travel with a backpacking ultra-light...
  5. Thread: 11 years out

    by Ginger W.
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    11 years out

    Dear Friends,

    When I had my major scoliosis surgery 11 years ago, I read EVERYTHING on the forum. Here's what was missing = follow-up info from those who had surgery a while back.

    So, I...
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    Thanks for your perspective, Ed. We certainly...

    Thanks for your perspective, Ed. We certainly ARE a courageous troop of survivors. Susan inspires me with her attitude. Ed inspires me because he is willing to support so many of us on the forum. ...
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    Good point, Linda Racine, regarding insurance. I...

    Good point, Linda Racine, regarding insurance. I had an illustrious career as a child care provider which naturallywould make me cautious about insurance. However, my brother is extremely wealthy...
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    I am having sacral issues, just one year after a...

    I am having sacral issues, just one year after a surgery with Dr. Berven. The pain varies throughout the day. However, it is quite limiting and definitely focused around S2. CT scans (with...
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    Knee pain - recently fused to sacrum

    Dear Scoli Friends ~

    In October I was fused from L3 through the sacrum. (Previously fused T4 - L3) I can feel that my walking style is different without the old pelvic motion and I am guessing...
  10. Two Post-Surgery Accessories - never seen mentioned

    Dear Scolis,

    Two things REALLY helped me through my recent surgery and I want to share:

    1.) I purchased a cheap twin-sized memory foam topper (Walmart) which my daughter put on my hospital bed...
  11. Two Post-Surgery Accessories - never seen mentioned

    Dear Scolis,

    Two things REALLY helped me through my recent surgery and I want to share:

    1.) I purchased a cheap twin-sized memory foam topper (Walmart) which my daughter put on my hospital bed...
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    Surgery expenses NOT COVERED by insurance

    Dear Scoli Friends ~

    Do you know of surgery expenses which your insurance (or/and Medicare) doesn't cover and must be paid 'out of pocket'?

    For example - I understand that the ambulance to...
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    Surgery expenses NOT COVERED by insurance

    Dear Scoli Friends ~

    Do you know of surgery expenses which your insurance (or/and Medicare) doesn't cover and must be paid 'out of pocket'?

    For example - I understand that the ambulance to...
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    Recovery time frame for YOU

    On Oct 23, Dr. Berven of UCSF will perform my surgery from L3 - S1. I read about Linda Racine's recovery (our fabulous moderator) from almost the same surgery. Very helpful. Still, I need more how...
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    Recovery time frame for YOU

    On Oct 23, Dr. Berven of UCSF will perform my surgery from L3 - S1. I read about Linda Racine's recovery (our fabulous moderator) from almost the same surgery. Very helpful. Still, I need more how...
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    I really appreciate your perspectives on...

    I really appreciate your perspectives on extending my fusions. Being realistic about some limitations is important and I feel like both of you provided me with a balanced view of your outcomes. ...
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    Brilliant. Makes total sense.

    Brilliant. Makes total sense.
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    Questions to ask - 1st consultation???

    Dear Scolis,

    I'm going to choose between two surgeons - Dr. Hu and Dr. Berven - and have appointments with both. Many of you have gone through initial consultations and went their with a list in...
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    Questions to ask -1st consultation???

    Dear Scolis,

    I'm going to choose between two surgeons - Dr. Hu and Dr. Berven - and have appointments with both. Many of you have gone through initial consultations and went their with a list in...
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    Thanks, TitauniumEd and Susan for giving me your...

    Thanks, TitauniumEd and Susan for giving me your take. I'm moving forward on my path toward surgery and I haven't had a moment's doubt about that. When it's time, it's time.

    I'm grateful to hear...
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    First time for L4 to Sacrum

    Hello Scoli Friends ~

    I decided to go to this page since I am not revising my surgery from ten years ago . . . just extending it to lower levels - from L4 to sacrum.

    I had several great years...
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    What to expect - 2nd Surgery L4 to Sacrum

    Hello Scoli Veterans ~

    I am preparing myself for additional surgery after being fused from T4 - L4 ten years ago. My surgeon, Dr. Boachie, thought it would probably be necessary but gave me the...
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    My Outcome - 8 years later

    When I was searching the forum before my 2008 surgery, I wanted to see outcomes DOWN THE ROAD. There wasn't much available. Now, I try to post annually AND share the good word about FOCOS, the...
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    My Outcome - 7 years later

    When I was searching the forum before my 2008 surgery, I wanted to see outcomes DOWN THE ROAD. There wasn't much available. Now, I try to post annually AND share the good word about FOCOS, the...
  25. 3 Years Post-op Report + How to Help Scoliosis in Africa

    Hi Fellow Scolis -

    I am three years post-operative and I continue to do very well. I have a blog about my recovery http://www.gingerinrecovery.blogspot.com (also a link at the bottom of this page)...
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