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Thread: Pneumothorax

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2011


    Had my first post op visit today and am now back at the hospital because I have air in my chest. I have been having trouble breathing since the surgery but chalked it up to my asthma and surgery. But I guess not waiting to see specialist right now to determine what to do. Another hospital stay may be in my immediate future. 
    Pre-surgery 5/27/11
    Thoracic 48
    Lumbar 31
    Boston Brace from 1992-93
    Post surgery
    Thoracic less than 10
    Lumbar 0

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Waterloo, IL
    I am so sorry you are having this setback. I hope they can get it cleared up quickly so you can get back on the road to recovery.

    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.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
    I'm sorry to hear about your set-back Carole, but hopefully it can be resolved quickly and you can get back on that road to recovery. Let us know how you go, won't you?
    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

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    I know how difficult this is, and I'm sorry that you are going through this, but take heart. . .the problem will be resolved, and you'll be good as new.
    I had a hemothorax, maybe 3 weeks post-op. They did a thoracentesis and removed about 2 liters of fluid, but the fluid returned, and I was back the next week for a chest tube. After that hospitalization, I continued to be short of breath for a week or 2, but the ultrasounds done in that period showed fluid, but not enough to warrant any procedure (to drain the fluid). Then, all of the sudden, after that rough month (not including the pain from the surgery), I was just fine again.

    I know this is hard, and really miserable. . .hang tight. Thinking of you!!
    Fused T-3 to L-3, Aug 25
    Hardware removal surgery, Nov 2, 2010
    Fused T-10 to L-2, osteotomy, Feb 22, 2011

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Central NJ
    well it sounds like you're in the right place to get fixed up. Better a little inconvenience now that more serious complications later.

    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

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