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Thread: Pilar's complication update

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Los angeles

    Pilar's complication update

    Hi everyone,
    Iys going to be almost a week since I checked in at the ER. LAst Sunday I started vomiting non stoping all day until I decided was enough an came back to Cedars. It turns out that I have a blockage and a part of my intestines collapsed itself... Kind of like it has a fold or extra tissue and does not permit fluid or anything to pass in that area. I know very weird. I had an endoscopy done, ct scans, X-rays and different doctors could not understand what was going on with me. I believe that they still don't. Anyways, I'm still here battling with bowel movement issues. The doctors are trying really hard to make me go, but nothing happens still. This is very strange, painful and frustratin!!! Bur at least I am under good care and I won't be back home until something happens with my guts (that's what I told the doctors).
    I'll keep you posted.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2009
    so sorry to hear this, Pilar
    i hope the doctors can figure it out quickly...and fix it!


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Bend, Oregon
    I'm so sorry to hear this.... At least they are on the right track and trying to help you. This surgery is hard enough to go through without the extra surprises!! Hang in there. Soon it will all be in the past.
    Bend, Oregon

    Braced 3 years in high school
    Lumbar 70'+ Thoracic 70'+
    I had 3" shrinkage in 6 months...

    Surgery Jan 10, 2011
    9 hours
    T3 to S1 with pelvic fixation
    Both curves now 35'

    Possible revison for Flatback Syndrome
    Loose/broken hardware-awaiting CT results

    Here is the link to my before and after pics..

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Ames, Iowa
    Oh, my. You've had too much of this "weird!" stuff. Praying for better days for you and that they can figure this out! Janet

    61 years old--57 for surgery

    Diagnosed in 1965 at age of 13--no brace
    Thoracic Curve: 96 degrees to 35 degrees
    Lumbar Curve: 63 degrees to 5 degrees
    Surgery with Dr. Lenke in St. Louis--March 30, 2009
    T-2 to Pelvis, and hopefully all posterior procedure.

    All was posterior along with 2 cages and 6 osteotomies.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
    You poor thing. After the long wait you had for the surgery, you deserved a smooth run....but as others have said, this too, will pass (scuse the pun!) They will figure it out and get you fixed and hopefully, this will be the last complication.
    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

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Oh boy. The doctors will get this figured out.

    We are thinking of you.....
    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

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Indianapolis area
    I'm glad you're in the hospital getting this taken care of! And you're right, you should refuse to leave until they fix it to your satisfaction. Hope it resolves soon and turns out to be a small complication on the path to a successful recovery!

    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.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Central NJ
    Oh Pilar I am so sorry you're going through this complication. ((Hugs)) and I hope it gets fixed up quickly.
    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

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    I hope that you feel better soon


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