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Thread: 8 months post op and wanted to say hi!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2007

    8 months post op and wanted to say hi!

    Hi to all that helped me through the toughest decision of my life. And hi to all that are facing that decision for themselves now. I am glad I did it, I don't regret it, but I do feel the rods or a burning sensation everyday. I hope I still have healing to do and it will improve. That said, I am further along than I expected to be physically at this time. I am back to yoga (which involves some pushup type moves) about 3 times a week. I would like to get an xray to see how things are progressing but my dr is out of state and I can't fly there for just an xray. I am wondering if I could get one done here then have it sent to him. Anyway, wanted to check in. I have photos in my signature line and if anyone has any questions I would be happy to help you the way so many on here have helped me. Thank you all!!!
    62 degrees
    49 yrs. young
    Surgery 3/31/10 with Lenke

    Before and After pics

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Hi Laura - Great to hear you're still doing so well! I'm now a little over 3 months post op and doing great, too. I feel like normal, except for the weight lifting, bending and twisting restrictions. Thanks for your tips and support before surgery. Had my 2 month post op and he gave me a pass on the 4 month since I was doing so well and go back the end of Feb for my 6 month. Hope your burning sensations go away!
    Age 56
    Wore a Milwaukee Brace for 3 years in hs
    Fused L4-S1 for high grade spondylolisthesis Jan '09 in Indy
    Thoracic 68
    Surgery Aug 31, 2010 T3 to L1
    Dr Bridwell St Louis

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Ukiah CA
    hi laura your back looks great in the after x-ray
    Brace 4-15-05-5-25-06
    Posterior Spinal Fusion 3-10-10
    Before 50T
    After 20T

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Waterloo, IL
    Your pictures look fantastic. I hope your burning sensation goes away. I am sure it will. It sounds like you are doing really well for being 6 months post op.

    Surgery-Jan. 5, 2011-Dr. Lenke
    Fusion T-4-sacrum-2 cages/5 osteotomies
    70 degree thoracolumbar corrected to 25
    Rib Hump-GONE!
    Age-60 at the time of surgery
    Now 66
    Avid Golfer & Tap Dancer
    Retired Kdgn. Teacher

    See photobucket link for:
    Video of my 1st Day of Golf Post-Op-3/02/12-Bradenton, FL
    Before and After Picture of back 1/7/11
    tap dancing picture at 10 mos. post op 11/11/11-I'm the one on the right.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Central NJ
    At your point in my recovery, I definitely still felt the rods. If I moved in a certain way, if I coughed or sneezed, or banged into something while walking, I felt pain in my spine. I think that's because the bones were still mending. Now, after 2 years, for me, it's like they aren't even there. I amaze myself that I feel so good. Good for you that you're doing yoga again!

    Give it time and you won't believe the improvement.
    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

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Glad to hear that you are doing so well. I am one month further out than you and are no where near you.


  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Lansing, MI
    Laura - my surgery was about 2 weeks after yours, 4/15/10. It was good to hear you still feel rods, etc. I am wondering about your muscles. My muscles are still very, how would I describe, maybe a solid/stiff feeling. Some days more so than others. How are your muscles and nerves healing? I still have a lot of nerve healing tingling and alot of numbness in my back. I try to workout everyday to strengthen muscles. Still very sore when I sneeze or cough. If I lay on the couch very stiff log rolling up. However, I have a very good quality of life and do most activity, just adjust as needed. I just got shingles in my back, about 10 days ago, so surgeon put me back off work for a month to rest and heal more.
    Debbie it was good to hear what 2 years out looks like. I, like you Laura, sure hope I have a lot more healing to happen. My Drs. all say I look all healed, but inside has a ways to go yet. That's what is hard, I look like I should feel 100%.
    Still very glad I did the surgery. (sorry got kind of rambling there)
    Glad to hear you are healing well, enjoy the holidays.
    Shari - 55 years old
    Pre-Surgery 62 degree thorasic curve with shifting.
    Post op 13 degree curve.
    Successful surgery 4/15/10, T3-L2 fused.
    2nd surgery to reopen incision 10" to diagnose infection, 5/18/10
    Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI - the late Dr. Harry Herkowitz

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2008

    Why donít you e-mail Dr Lenke and ask him about doing the x-rays locally? You could e-mail or burn to disc and mail. Maybe he has radiographic instructions he likes to use....???

    Hang in there... it gets much much better. I would like to say I stopped improving after 2 years, but I might change my mind and extend that time due to the improvements Iíve had in my skiing.... Iíve been pushing hard lately.

    Thx for posting
    49 yr old male, now 61, the new 61...
    Pre surgery curves T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF 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

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2010

    perfect result

    i'm only 2 months out and don't feel the rods but i'm also not doing any exercise whatsoever; your xrays posted look perfect, don't think it can get any straighter than that!
    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

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Good to hear things are going well for you. Hope the stinging will go away soon. I would guess it will fade with time. I still have some numbness in my back. I don't have pain, but I do still experience some discomfort with the hardware. I'm hoping that will continue to get less and less.

    I still haven't forgotten being terrified of having the surgery either. It was encouragement from family, friends, and folks on this forum that kept me focused on the other side. I too am so glad I had the surgery.
    Age 66 Georgia (63 at time of surgery)
    Bi-lateral laminectomy 2006
    Kyphoscoliosis, approx 38* lumbar scoliosis, stenosis, disk herniations, lower back and hip pain, w/radiating pain, stinging and numbness in legs.
    A/P fusion (T10-S2) 5/17/10 and 5/20/10
    Dr Yoon, Emory Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital, Atlanta, GA
    Pleased with outcome

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Hi Laura, I haven't been around the forum recently but we had surgery around the same time and talked months back. Glad to hear your doing so well!! I'm very happy with where I'm at also, it is so nice to be on the other side.

    Take care,

    Pre-Surgery Lumbar 65 degrees
    A/P Fusion T10-Pelvis by Dr. Christopher Good
    Virginia Spine Institute, Reston, VA 3/17/10, 3/18/10
    Post-Surgery Lumbar 19 degrees, and 2" in height

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