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    Surgery Coming Soon!

    Hi, I m Spyros from topic: http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...y-Chiropractor

    So i talked to my surgeon and his secretary and they answered my questions I needed to know before surgery.

    Q: How many days, before my surgery, i need to get in Hospital for my pre-op 'check'? Who doctor gonna see/examine me?

    A: 1 day before surgery. The surgeon, the cardiologist, the anesthetist will see you and also you 'll make some other routine examines.

    Q: By which day i need to give blood and how much?

    A: You can start from today and we need about 5 'bottles' of blood.

    Q: Where will my fusion start and where will end?

    A: Your fusion will be from T4 to L2.

    Q: Will I get fusion only on my back? or on my side or in front?

    A: Your fusion will be only on your back.

    Q: What material will you use?

    A: The material will be used is Titanium.

    Q:What kind of fusion material will i get? where from will be?

    A: You will have Autograft fusion material, which it comes only from your spine (NOT from hips). If more fusion material needed, then we will get Allograft fusion material as well.

    Q: How many hours my surgery will last?

    A: About 6-7 hours.

    Q:How many days I will stay in hospital?

    A: About 5 days.

    Q: When Will I walk again?

    A: The day after surgery.

    Q: Will I need to put on a brace after surgery?

    A: No, you will not need.

    Q: When I ll be able to travel back to my home town after surgery? By airplane (1 hour)? By car and ferry (7-8 hours)?

    A: Right away when you leave the Hospital you are able to travel to your home town. Only by airplane, cause by car and ferry its a long trip.

    Q: Will a Physical Therapist (P.T.) will needed after surgery?

    A: Yes, you will need a P.T.


    That are some things i needed to know before my surgery.
    I dont have a specific date for my surgery, but it will be right after 10th of March (probably on my birthday 12th of March) cause my surgeon is going abroad to be awarded before that.

    If another question comes to my mind, I 'll add it here.
    25 Years old male with thoracic 68 degrees and lumbar 34 degrees of scoliosis.

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    Well done. You've asked all those questions that every patient really needs to know.

    Not long now, and you'll be on your way to recovery and a new back!
    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

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    good job with the doctor, Spyros...
    you covered the important things...
    i believe you will do well.

    jess

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    So yup.. My surgery is on my Birthday 12th of March! Its officially booked today.

    Also i asked my surgeon's secretary to record my whole surgery/procedure on video. She told me that they usually take some photos during the surgery, but she will ask my surgeon about that. : )
    25 Years old male with thoracic 68 degrees and lumbar 34 degrees of scoliosis.

    Straight Position: Attachment 1432
    Bent to the Right: Attachment 1430
    Bent to the Left: Attachment 1429
    Side Position: Attachment 1431
    Pelvis: Attachment 1438

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    Congratulations on the set date! Not long to wait, so not long till recovery.

    I would have loved to have had a video of my surgery, just for myself.

    I doubt my surgeon would have agreed to that though. Photos will be good if you can get them.

    Good luck Spyros!
    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

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    Good luck with your surgery, Spyros. That's great that you could schedule it so soon.
    One thing for certain, is that you will always remember the date of your surgery and can celebrate both on your birthday.
    Karen

    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.
    http://s1119.photobucket.com/albums/k630/pottoff2/

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    Spyros

    In case you have not seen Linda’s site, here it is.
    http://www.scoliosislinks.com/

    Preparing for surgery
    http://www.scoliosislinks.com/PreparingforSurgery.htm

    Post surgical activities
    http://www.scoliosislinks.com/PostSurgActivities.htm

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 62, the new 63...
    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
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    Thanks all!

    Yes i did know that links and Linda's Site. They are already in my bookmarks! I appreaciate it Ed.

    If you have any other usefull links or infos, i'll be very thankfull to tell me!
    25 Years old male with thoracic 68 degrees and lumbar 34 degrees of scoliosis.

    Straight Position: Attachment 1432
    Bent to the Right: Attachment 1430
    Bent to the Left: Attachment 1429
    Side Position: Attachment 1431
    Pelvis: Attachment 1438

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    Spyros

    Your probably flying to Athens......but wanted to wish you the best with your surgery on Tuesday.

    Post when you can. We are here.

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 62, the new 63...
    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
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    Spyros, best wishes for a successful surgery and a smooth recovery. We'll be waiting to hear!
    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

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    Best wishes for a surgery that goes well. Hope to hear from you soon from the other side
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

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    thanks!

    Thank you guys you remembered me! Appreciate it!

    Yes.. I'm already in Athens 4 days now. Tomorrow 9am (8 hours more) I'm getting in Hospital to do my pre-op tests/check ups. I've been already told that I need to stay the whole day/night before my surgery, so as they prepare me and get me ready for the operation.

    So tomorrow night or during the day, if I find some time, I'll post you what i m getting though or how my pre-op day was!

    I'll try to update my situation!

    Good Night!
    25 Years old male with thoracic 68 degrees and lumbar 34 degrees of scoliosis.

    Straight Position: Attachment 1432
    Bent to the Right: Attachment 1430
    Bent to the Left: Attachment 1429
    Side Position: Attachment 1431
    Pelvis: Attachment 1438

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    You sound good Spyros, and positive! And almost unafraid. I hope that is the case! Not long now and it will be over and you'll be taller and straighter and facing a brighter future.
    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

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    hi Spyros
    best wishes for a smooth procedure and an uneventful recovery...
    i hope it leads to a straight, strong and pain free spine, and a life
    without limitations...
    be thinking of you this week and hoping all goes well...

    jess...& Sparky

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    spyros good luck
    Kara
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    Brace 4-15-05-5-25-06
    Posterior Spinal Fusion 3-10-10
    T4-L2
    Before 50T
    After 20T

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