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Thread: Surgery on Tuesday - Stressing out!

  1. #16
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Indianapolis area

    Sending good thoughts your way! I'm sure they won't clear you unless you are, well, clear!

    Hey, can they put you on an antibiotic ahead of surgery just in case?

    Will be thinking of you -- keep us posted!

    age 48
    80* thoracolumbar; 40* thoracic
    Reduced to ~16* thoracolumbar; ~0* thoracic
    Surgery 3/14/12 with Dr. Lenke in St. Louis, T4 to S1 with pelvic fixation
    Broken rods 12/1/19; scheduled for revision fusion L1-L3-4 with Dr. Lenke 2/4/2020
    Not "confused" anymore, but don't know how to change my username.

  2. #17
    Join Date
    Mar 2010

    good luck

    Don't let that anxiety get a hold of you!!!! Think positive it really is worth the effort. You will do great! Mary

  3. #18
    JamieAnn Guest
    I suggested being put on an antibiotic ahead of time but for some reason they just wanted me to get checked out anyway. All weekend I battled minor allergy symptoms and today I feel much much better. I think I am finally ready.

    I just called to request my own room, and will need to call back this evening to confirm the time of surgery.

    I will ask my husband to post updates tomorrow or later this week!

    Thank you everyone!!

  4. #19
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    WV, USA

    more good vibes your way

    Just letting you know you're being prayed for. Think positive thoughts. Be strong. Have faith.
    Surgery scheduled for January 2011
    by Charles (Ted) Shuff

    "Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then."
    -- Samuel Johnson
    "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." -
    -- Benjamin Franklin

  5. #20
    Join Date
    Feb 2010

    I like this motto...thoughts for surgery and recovery

    Here's a new motto to keep in mind for the weeks ahead! It's the Latin motto "Dulcius ex aspiris". Translated, this means "sweetness out of difficulty".

    Here's to a delicious, soothing, harmonious outcome from our difficult situations.

    I will be thinking of you tomorrow, Jamie, and sending positive thoughts and prayers your way!
    46 yrs at surgery, now 50
    71 degree thoracolumbar curve corrected to 34 degrees
    8/2/2010 surgery with Dr. Lenke

    posterior T9 to sacrum with pelvic fixation

    4 osteotomies and 1 cage

  6. #21
    Join Date
    Sep 2010

    it's going to be fine !!

    i want to add my best wishes to the chorus; my surgery is 8 days after yours (weds oct 6)

    i'm telling myself to focus on the positive, i'll have less pain, be actually taller!, and to keep my eye on the prize, so to speak; i'm going to try to be as positive as possible and accomplish some things during the forced sedentary convalescence by tackling some books i've wanted to read for a long time; and i'm going to make it a goal and a project to not complain so as to set an example for my kids

    i tell myself to some extent it's a choice to either wallow in my misery or shut up and get on with it and this is an opportunity to demonstrate character; how i do will be talked about by family and among friends for yrs to come

    of course, these are just words; i may fail miserably but i do intend to try my best; i don't know if you will find this as something to aspire to yourself or
    useless bull but i wish you the best and very much believe that surgical results are better in those who face it bravely
    59 yo recently retired otolaryngologist (ENT surgeon)
    schedule oct 2010 for T11 - sacrum fusion, all posterior approach with pedicle screws, steels rods, revision decompression left L3-4, right L4-5 & L5-S1, transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion L3-4 L4-5 L5-S1
    with titanium cages
    Dr Lenke, WashU/Barnes/Jewish St. Louis

  7. #22
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Phoenix, AZ

    Think positive and have faith!

    Jaimeann - I'll be thinking of you tomorrow and wishing you well!
    Fusion is scheduled for November 4, 2010
    T10 - S1

  8. #23
    Join Date
    Nov 2009

    Sending scolisister love and ((Hugs)) and prayers your way....

    58 yrs old, diagnosed at 31, never braced
    Measured T-64, L-65 in 2009
    Measured T-57, L-56 in 2010, different doc
    2 lumbar levels spondylolisthesis
    Exercising to correct

  9. #24
    Join Date
    May 2008

    You hang in there, you will be just fine.

    I or anybody else, need to bring up my thread about the benefits of scoli surgery. I just came back from a long trip, and I'm happy to report that I have no pain from long flights, and car trips....

    Back before I was fused, the long flights used to kill my back completely.

    49 yr old male, now 63, the new 64...
    Pre surgery curves T70,L70
    ALIF/PSA T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion

    My x-rays

  10. #25
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Reading, PA
    I have to agree with Ed that you'll be fine!

    I'm just under 2 months post-op and have made it through my first weekend away from home. Along with not being in my own bed, I made a two hour trip by car to see the Phillies play while having seats in the highest section in the last row! I was tired by the end of the weekend, but not in pain. If I can do this now then it can only get better!

    Keep being positive and know that we are all here wishing and praying for you!
    Tiffany K
    I'm not short, I'm fun size!

    29 years old
    4'11", never braced
    Pre-surgery, 52° T6 to T12, 35° T12 to L4
    T1-L2, Posterior 8/5/2010, gained 1"

  11. #26
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    My positive thoughts and prayers are with you. I wish you a smooth recovery. I hope you are finding the calmness that so many speak of just prior to surgery. Keep us posted after your surgery.
    Chris, Austin, TX
    80 degree thoracic/36 degree lumbar curves
    Surgery 8/2/10, Anterior Cervical Decompression/Fusion
    C4/5, C5/6, C6/7
    New Surgery date 10/25/2010, T-2 to Pelvis, posterior
    Dr. Matthew Geck, Seton Spine and Scoliosis Center

  12. #27
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Central NJ
    Good luck Jamie!! I'm sending positive and calming thoughts your way. I'm looking forward to reading your update. Let me know if you need anything afterwards and want to chat.
    Debbe - 50 yrs old

    Milwalkee Brace 1976 - 79
    Told by Dr. my curve would never progress

    Surgery 10/15/08 in NYC by Dr. Michael Neuwirth
    Pre-Surgury Thorasic: 66 degrees
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 66 degrees

    Post-Surgery Thorasic: 34 degrees
    Post-Surgery Lumbar: 22 degrees

  13. #28
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
    Positive and calming thoughts from me too Jamie. It's Tuesday here, but I guess Your surgery will be tonight our time.

    Best wishes also to Junosand, with a bit over a week to go. It's so worth all this anxiety!
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

  14. #29
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Well it is Tuesday morning so my prayers are with you now and I hope that we will be hearing from someone with a update about you

    God Bless

  15. #30
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    my thoughts are with you today
    mom of Cameren 12 yrs. old
    Chiari,retroflex odontoid,syringomyelia,scoliosis
    Chiari decompressions 6/2005,5/2006
    Syringopleural shunt 6/2009
    Boston Braced off & on 6.5yrs
    scoliosis surgery- 9/15/10 T4-L4 Dr. Bridwell
    Fell & broke finger,surgery 3/2011

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