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    Happy to report I'm released from the surgeon!

    I went for a checkup a few weeks ago, and I'm happy to report that everything still looks good, and I'm released from the surgeon. The fusion looks good, all the screws are in place, and the disks above and below the fusion look good. My surgeon moved to a new hospital and how has the digital Xrays, so it was so interesting to see the detail that you can't see in old fashioned xrays. A little over a year ago I had problems with severe spasms in the upper back area, but after the Dr. gave me a shot into the muscles, I've been fine ever since. Fingers crossed that I'm good for a long, long time. I told the Dr. that it is comforting just to know that he's there if I need him.

    I'll try to stop by more and catch up on things. This forum was such a fantastic help to me when I needed it, I am truly grateful.
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    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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    Hi friend! What wonderful news!!! You must feel elated! Best wishes for a "no problems with your back" type life-- and good life in general, too. Hugs, Susie
    67 and plugging along...
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    Debbe, great news! I'm very happy for you.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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    Good news Debbe

    Its nice to know that the shot helped you out.....

    Ed
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    Quote Originally Posted by debbei View Post
    I went for a checkup a few weeks ago, and I'm happy to report that everything still looks good, and I'm released from the surgeon. The fusion looks good, all the screws are in place, and the disks above and below the fusion look good. My surgeon moved to a new hospital and how has the digital Xrays, so it was so interesting to see the detail that you can't see in old fashioned xrays. A little over a year ago I had problems with severe spasms in the upper back area, but after the Dr. gave me a shot into the muscles, I've been fine ever since. Fingers crossed that I'm good for a long, long time. I told the Dr. that it is comforting just to know that he's there if I need him.

    I'll try to stop by more and catch up on things. This forum was such a fantastic help to me when I needed it, I am truly grateful.
    Hi Debbie, I am one month postop and my upper big pains have been my major problem since surgery. Exactly what kind of a shot did you receive that gave you relief?
    Susan....and congratulations on your fusion success!
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    hi Deb
    congratulations on the doctor releasing you...good news!
    can you say where Dr Neuwirth moved to...???
    i saw him for a consult a few years ago...thought he was skilled
    and very nice.

    jess...and Sparky

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    Wonderful news Deb! Thanks for letting us know. It's so important for pre-ops to know that medium and long term, this surgery can be such a great success.
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
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    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    Quote Originally Posted by Susie*Bee View Post
    Hi friend! What wonderful news!!! You must feel elated! Best wishes for a "no problems with your back" type life-- and good life in general, too. Hugs, Susie
    Hi Susie, it's so nice to hear from you. How are those cute grandbabies? I guess they aren't babies any more!
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Pooka1 View Post
    Debbe, great news! I'm very happy for you.
    Thanks Sharon! How are your girls doing?
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by titaniumed View Post
    Good news Debbe

    Its nice to know that the shot helped you out.....

    Ed
    Hi Ed,
    It was a miracle shot for me! I think it had lidocaine and cortisone in it. I felt so much better within 30 minutes.
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by susancook View Post
    Hi Debbie, I am one month postop and my upper big pains have been my major problem since surgery. Exactly what kind of a shot did you receive that gave you relief?
    Susan....and congratulations on your fusion success!
    Hi, upper big pains are normal after one month postop! It took me well over 18 months to feel 'normal', and even then I still had to be very careful with myself. You have to give yourself time to heal and be patient with yourself!

    My surgeon thought that my pain from last year was muscle spasms that were the result of inflamed muscles.
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by jrnyc View Post
    hi Deb
    congratulations on the doctor releasing you...good news!
    can you say where Dr Neuwirth moved to...???
    i saw him for a consult a few years ago...thought he was skilled
    and very nice.

    jess...and Sparky
    Jess,

    A group Dr.'s moved from Beth Israel to Mt. Sinai early this year. Dr. Casden from the picture was Dr. N's assistant on my surgery. I'm glad they're still there if I need them, but I sure hope I don't any time soon! These guys are miracle workers in my opinion!

    http://ryortho.com/2013/01/six-docto...n-mount-sinai/
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    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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    Glad that life is going so well for you
    Melissa

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    Thank you for posting Debbie. I love reading reports like this while I am recovering.
    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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