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    Four years post op

    Yesterday was my 4th anniversary.

    Pros:

    Pain free.
    Able to do anything (restrictions: no running or lifting heavy objects.)
    Taller, and, at the same weight, slimmer looking.

    Cons:

    Still some stiffness when tying shoelaces, cutting toenails, but easier than at 2 years.
    Slightly wonky gait (though others swear they can't see it.)
    Left shoulder lower than right.

    I still walk most days, usually around 2.5 kilometers. To get the most out of the walk, I walk fast. Still kayaking, and coming into Autumn now, we'll be doing more of it. I can stand or walk for hours if needs be, without any discomfort, which for me, is the biggest improvement in my life.

    There's still a small, lingering concern that this could all go pear-shaped, but I try not to dwell on it. Just grateful for every pain free day. Current age: 62 in May.
    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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    congrads jennifer
    Kara
    25
    Brace 4-15-05-5-25-06
    Posterior Spinal Fusion 3-10-10
    T4-L2
    Before 50T
    After 20T

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    wonderful, Jen...
    i add my congratulations as well...
    wishing you continued good health and an active life...

    jess...& Sparky

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    Congratulations, Jennifer and thank you for sharing it with us. Reading reports like yours is very encouraging as I am about to undergo my surgery.
    I am stronger than scoliosis, and won't let it rule my life!
    45 years old - diagnosed at age 7
    A/P surgery on March 5/7, 2013 - UCSF

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    Jennifer, I am so happy for you. Glad that you are doing so well

    Melissa
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

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    Good that you are happy!

    But i don't understand some things, as:

    Why you aren't allowed to run?
    Regarding to slightly wonky gait.. You already had that before surgery or u gained it after? Why you think you have that problem?
    Your shoulders was even or uneven before surgery?

    I m worried and confused about these things you just mentioned and i m having my surgery in a week

    Thanks
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Spyros View Post
    Good that you are happy!

    But i don't understand some things, as:

    Why you aren't allowed to run?
    Regarding to slightly wonky gait.. You already had that before surgery or u gained it after? Why you think you have that problem?
    Your shoulders was even or uneven before surgery?

    I m worried and confused about these things you just mentioned and i m having my surgery in a week

    Thanks
    Thanks for the good wishes!

    Spyros, I am fused from T4 to Sacrum with pelvic fixation. My only unfused vertebra need to be treated with care, so no running or lifting heavy objects. This is probably good advice for anybody over 60. I can do both, but I don't want to risk those unfused vertebra which take all the jarring along my spine. I don't think this advice applies to younger people.

    Regarding my wonky gait. No it wasn't wonky before surgery, only since. It's not a problem, I just notice that my walk is slightly "bouncier" than it was. One leg seems longer than the other - I still have a 22 degree curve. I think it has to do with being fused to sacrum but I could be wrong. I haven't asked the doctor about it. I did ask if I should wear a heel lift and he said no. But in my walking shoes, I do wear a 1cm heel lift, but my walk still seems slightly wonky to me.

    Yes, my shoulders were uneven before surgery.
    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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    Hooray for you, Jennifer! Life is good, isn't it?! SO much better and happier, even with our few limitations. I'm so happy for you!
    67 and plugging along...
    2007 52 w/ severe lumbar stenosis & L2L3 lateral listhesis (side shift)
    5/4/07 posterior spinal fusion T2-L4 w/ laminectomies and osteotomies @L2L3, L3L4
    Dr. Kim Hammerberg, Rush Univ. Medical Center in Chicago

    Corrected to 15
    CMT (type 2) DX in 2014, progressing
    NEW 10/2018 x-rays show spondylolisthesis at L4/L5 - Dr. DeWald is monitoring

    Click to view my pics: pics of scoli x-rays digital x-rays, and pics of me

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    Quote Originally Posted by JenniferG View Post
    Yesterday was my 4th anniversary.

    Cons:

    Still some stiffness when tying shoelaces
    Jen, You might get rid of those old shoelaces and buy some new ones....(smiley face)

    Glad to have you here, you always fill in with the best posts....

    You have done well!
    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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    Jennifer,
    Congratulations! I feel like we have a lot in common besides our young age of 62! We're both happy with our surgeries and have returned to an active life. I love reading your posts and always think you've said exactly what I want to say, except you word it better. I hope for everyone else's sake, that you remain active on the forum. You were such a support for me in my pre-op days and early recovery months and offered many words of encouragement. Thank you!
    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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    Thanks everyone for the kind words. You know, I only posted to collect a few congrats! <smiley face>

    I've never forgotten the support I received on this forum 4.5 years ago, it's simply the best place for those of us facing this surgery!
    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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    Jennifer,
    So glad you are doing so well. With age comes wisdom and you have so much wisdom that you willingly share.
    Take care, Sally
    Diagnosed with severe lumbar scoliosis at age 65.
    Posterior Fusion L2-S1 on 12/4/2007. age 67
    Anterior Fusion L3-L4,L4-L5,L5-S1 on 12/19/2007
    Additional bone removed to decompress right side of L3-L4 & L4-L5 on 4/19/2010
    New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA
    Dr. Frank F. Rands735.photobucket.com/albums/ww360/butterflyfive/

    "In God We Trust" Happy moments, praise God. Difficult moments, seek God. Quiet moments, worship God. Painful moments, trust God. Every moment, thank God.

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    Jennifer,

    You are always so helpful and inspiring! Thanks for sticking with the forum!!

    Best,
    Evelyn
    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.

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    Sally and Evelyn, it's my pleasure.
    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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