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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Northern California

    The I'm Happy I Had Surgery Sticky Thread

    This thread is for anyone who wants to post details about their good surgical outcomes. Please post your details, including the approximate date of your surgery, your age at the time, the name of your surgeon, and the levels that were fused. No debates or discussions will be allowed. If you have a question about a poster, please send them a private message.
    Never argue with an idiot. They always drag you down to their level, and then they beat you with experience. --Twain
    Surgery 2/10/93 A/P fusion T4-L3
    Surgery 1/20/11 A/P fusion L2-sacrum w/pelvic fixation

  2. #2
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    Oct 2008
    Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
    Date of surgery: March 3, 2009
    Age at the time: almost 58
    Surgeon: Dr. Geoffrey Askin, Mater Private, Brisbane, Australia.
    Levels fused: T4-Sacrum with Pelvic Fixation
    Curve pre-op: 68 degrees
    Curve post-op: 22 degrees
    Recovery details: In hospital 19 days, difficulty sitting for about 3 weeks, experienced dizziness for 7 weeks. At six months went on holiday with Dr.'s blessing: trekking, snorkling, swimming. Felt 100% but improvements continued up to 2 years.
    Problems experienced pre-op: Standing was my main problem. 30 seconds and I was in pain when I had to stand, which meant it was very painful doing lots of things. Lower back pain mainly. Would describe my pain pre-op as moderate but increasing.
    Current details: No pain whatsoever, can stand or walk as long as I want. Hoping this will continue for the rest of my life.
    Last edited by JenniferG; 12-07-2011 at 10:57 PM. Reason: Added problems experienced pre-op.
    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

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Waterloo, IL
    I am currently 11 months post-op and have never regretted having the surgery. I will be estactic if I get a good report from Dr. Lenke in Jaunuary for my year check-up. I have already returned to tap dancing by modifying the high impact steps. I walk several miles each day and go to water aerobics a couple of days a week. I hope to return to golfing in February (Florida Vacation-yeah!) I continue to get compliments on my new physical appearance with my improved posture and increased height. I constantly feel my back where the rib hump used to be and am thrilled that it is totally gone. I love Dr. Lenke!

    Date of Surgery: January 5, 2011
    Age at the time: 60
    Surgeon: Dr. Lenke-St. Louis
    Fused: T4 to Sacrum with Pelvic Fixation (other details in signature)
    Hospital Stay: 6 days-no rehab. but husband was able to be home with me for over a month

    No post surgery complications other than the typical abdomen pain from constipation.
    Blacked out at 3 weeks post op & stopped oxy. I discontinued all pain meds except Tylenol at 5 weeks and soon felt relief from the abdomen pain and started having a social life, again.

    I was physically active prior to surgery, which might be a factor in my smooth recovery. Fortunately, I had very little pre-surgery pain which allowed me to exercise a great deal.

    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.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2011

    Suggestion for thread

    Thanks for this great thread to Linda for the idea and to all the posters. The info is very helpful. For both the "Glad I had surgery," and "Unhappy I had surgery," it would be good to add one more piece of info--Problems pre-surgery (extent of pain, area of pain, any disability), etc.
    60 degree thorocolumbar curve beginning at T12
    58 years old

  5. #5
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    May 2010
    Hi, I had revision surgery May,and June (posterior, anterior) That was the best thing I did, I feel great, Dr. Kahaled Kebaish at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore,Md. I am fused from T5 to Pelvic, He did a PSO. I had flatback and saggital imbalance. I am 68, I was in hospital 1 week no rehab. Just a lot of walking, and returned to work in Sept. as a hairdresser 3 days a week. I hope everyone has the same results I had, Lu

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    British Columbia
    Well, I haven't had scoliosis surgery but my son has, does that count? If not go ahead and delete.

    My son was about 12.5 when he was first diagnosed with scoliosis. His curve was already at about 48* and surgery seemed like the only option. Wait times here in BC for a consultation with a spine specialist is at least a year and if surgery is needed, then you're looking at about two years. So for a good 1.5 years we watched his spine go from 48* to about 110*-115* and he could no longer participate in PE at school and it hurt for him to just sit in the chairs at school and walking a few blocks caused him so much pain. It hurt for him to cough or sneeze and he said it felt as though a "hot knife was sticking in his back".

    No luck with BC Children's hospital, so we contacted Shriners and he had his first surgery (posterior release) & halo traction application on March 22nd. 2011 and his posterior fusion from T4-L2 with four weeks of halo traction in between the surgeries. He is about seven months post op now and he says he feels great! He is also four inches taller from being stretched out. He says he has no pain, just tenderness, was off all meds after about a month and is attending high school full time with no issues.

    Are we happy he had the surgery(s). Umm, YES!!
    Son 14 y/o diagnosed January 20th. 2011 with 110* Curve
    Halo Traction & 1st. surgery on March 22nd. 2011
    Spinal Fusion on April 19th. 2011

    Dr. Krajbich @ Shriners Childrens Hospital, Portland Oregon

  7. #7
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    Mar 2005
    Ukiah CA
    Date: March 10, 2010
    Age: 18
    Surgeon: Dr. Munish Gupta
    Procedure: Posterior Spinal Fusion T4-L2, Thoracoplasty
    Curve Before: 50 Degrees
    Curve After: 20 Degrees
    Last edited by kennedy; 12-10-2011 at 03:14 PM.
    Brace 4-15-05-5-25-06
    Posterior Spinal Fusion 3-10-10
    Before 50T
    After 20T

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Central NJ
    I'm very happy. So far, so good--knock on wood!
    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
    Nov 2005
    Date of Surgery: January 1986
    Age at the time: 10 (I'd had infantile idiopathic scoliosis, so had grown up wearing EDF plaster casts and Milwaukee braces up until this point)
    Surgeon: Michael Edgar, RNOH Stanmore, UK
    Fused: T1-T12, Harrington Rod with Luque wires
    Hospital Stay: Thoracic anterior release (open thoracotomy), 3 weeks in halo-tibial traction, posterior fusion - 6 weeks in total

    Date of Surgery: June 1994
    Age at the time: 18
    Surgeon: Michael Edgar, Middlesex Hospital, London UK
    Fused: Removal of Harrington rod and replacement with a longer rod, placement of anterior Zielke rod to include lumbar curve, fusion T1-L3. Costoplasty
    Hospital Stay: 3 weeks

    Date of Surgery: Sept 2001
    Age at the time: 25
    Surgeon: Mr Burgoyne, Middlesex Hospital, London UK
    Fused: Second costoplasty to gain more cosmetic correction as I had such a "sharp" rib hump
    Hospital Stay: 2 weeks

    Date of Surgery: June 2009
    Age at the time: 34
    Surgeon: Stewart Tucker, RNOH Stanmore / Wellington Private Hospital, London, UK
    Fused: Fusion extended one level down to L4 to include degenerated disc, using XLIF minimally-invasive technique
    Hospital Stay: 1 week

    I'm ever so happy that I had all of these surgeries and my back does not stop me from doing anything, I've had a great career and spent my university days clubbing and these days I enjoy climbing mountains and cycling. I'm more active than many of my friends with normal spines. At school I always took part in normal PE activities throughout. The length of my hospital stays were all typical for the time.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Chelsea, MI
    What a great idea for a thread, both pro and con!
    I fall in the category of "really super glad I had surgery". I had curves 91 and 86 degrees (previous fusion in two areas in 1967, but my curves were progressing) and lumbar stenosis ("no detectable spinal fluid" at L4). I did not really have pain, but could not stand for more than 20 minutes w/ out resting.
    I had surgery w/ Dr Lenke in August of 2010, fused T1 to sacrum. It was an extremely challenging thing to go through, but, to me worth it in every way. If I was told that I needed to have it done right now, I would gladly hop in the car and go have surgery, no question!! That's a silly scenario, but that's how enthusiastic I am about the results of my surgery.
    My curves are now 50 and 45. I feel fantastic. Tons of energy and flexibility.
    happy !!!
    Age 58
    Surgery w/ Dr Lenke August 23, 2010
    original curves 91 thoracic, 86 lumbar
    fused T1 to sacrum, new curves 50 and 45

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    near Philadelphia
    I'm glad I had it done. It was a long and tough recovery and I continued to improve for 3 full years. I was down to 4'-9" and shrinking rapidly -- but now I'm glad to be a towering 4'-11 and 1/2" !!
    Attached Images Attached Images
    A/P fusion on June 19, 2007 at age 52; T10-L5
    Pre-op thoracolumbar curve: 70 degrees
    Post-op curve: 12 degrees
    Dr. Boachie-adjei, HSS, New York

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Chicago north suburb

    Iím very pleased with my outcome.

    Surgery Date: June 23, 2008
    Age at time of surgery: 59
    Procedure: Posterior fusion T4 to sacrum with pelvic fixation, including laminectomies and osteotemies (12 hours in surgery)
    Nearly 80 degree stiff thoracolumbar curve corrected to 35 degrees
    Surgeon: Purnendu Gupta/University of Chicago Medical Center

    I did not experience pain from my scoliosis until I reached age 56. By then I could feel the collapse. Standing for any length of time was impossible. I found myself leaning on objects for support. Now I can stand indefinitely. I returned to work as a paralegal four months following my surgery, and I am still working full time. I have experienced no problems following my surgery nearly four years ago. Ideally, I should have had this fixed at least 10 years sooner.

    My best advice for those exploring surgery is to select a top-notch surgeon with a lot of experience in adult scoliosis. You may have to travel to a large metropolitan area where you can have access to such surgeons who are generally affiliated with major teaching hospitals. But itís worth it. This is your life. I live near Chicago and have noted through this forum and a support group Iíve attended that people who have had their surgeries by some of the top doctors in Chicago do not report incidences of broken rods or sagittal imbalance.

    I experienced my first fall over the weekend since my surgery. I slipped on black ice on my driveway and tumbled half-way down. Have lots of bumps and bruises but my back is fine.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Mar 2009

    Happy I had surgery

    Im very happy I had my surgery. I had a prior surgery in Indy (home of the Superbowl!!) for spondylolisthesis by Dr Sasso. Fused L4-S1. That went very well and corrected that problem. A year and a half later I wanted my scoliosis fixed and Dr Bridwell in St Louis at Wash U did that surgery. I was 56 at the time. I'm fused T3-L1. No problems or complications. No pain. I am 17 months post op and have played golf 3 times recently, I work out with a trainer once a week and on my own other days. I feel great. Although Dr Bridwell still has me on some restrictions, I can basically do everything. Very happy and wish I had known they could fix this when I was younger!
    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

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Feb 2010

    Very happy with my results

    Surgery Date: March 16, 2010
    Age at time of surgery: 41
    Surgeon: Dr. Christopher Good
    Fused: T10- Sacrum with pelvic fixation

    I couldn't be happier with my results. I'm back to golfing and about anything else I want with absolutely no pain or discomfort.

    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

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Lansing, MI

    Happy I had my surgery

    Shari in Michigan, at surgery 49 years old.
    Pre-Surgery 62 degree thorasic curve
    Post op 13 degree curve.
    Successful surgery 4/15/10, T2-L2 fused.
    2nd surgery to reopen incision 10" to diagnose infection, 5/18/10
    Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI - Dr. Harry Herkowitz
    Two years post-op and in excellent health and mobility
    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

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