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    T10-pelvis tomorrow morning

    Hi all, this will be my last time posting for a little bit...surgery in the morning and again in two days

    6/29 anterior L5/S1 and lateral T12-L5
    7/1 posterior hardware including SI joints, T10-S2

    Call time is 5:45 to be at the hospital in the morning, about an hour away.

    Hair is French braided, bags are packed...let’s light this rocket (even though I’m still terrified).

    Hopefully I can update you all soon. Wish me luck!
    Feb 2003 - Diagnosed C (35) T (45) L (25)
    Dec 2003 - T2-T12 Fusion correcting to C (8), T (14), L (20)
    Oct 2019 - Lumbar curve progressed to 40
    Nov 2019 - Thoracic curve progressed to 31
    June/July 2020 - T10-S1 Fusion with SI fixation correcting to C (8), T (14), L (8)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JScoli91 View Post
    Hi all, this will be my last time posting for a little bit...surgery in the morning and again in two days

    6/29 anterior L5/S1 and lateral T12-L5
    7/1 posterior hardware including SI joints, T10-S2

    Call time is 5:45 to be at the hospital in the morning, about an hour away.

    Hair is French braided, bags are packed...let’s light this rocket (even though I’m still terrified).

    Hopefully I can update you all soon. Wish me luck!
    Sometimes just saying "Let's do this" lets you find your nerve. Sounds like you're well prepared.

    Good luck.

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    Jessica,

    We had a 23yr old poster about 10 years ago who posted approx 8-12 hours after a single screw revision surgery which set the forum reply record and blew me away! (John, JDM for the old posters)

    Of course, your situation is much more involved, and I have been sitting here with slightly concerned thoughts all this week....(Ok, worried to death)

    It's Friday and chances are they probably have you up and walking now, hope things are ok....

    There is going to be some pain, you know that. Hang in there, things will get better...

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 63, the new 64...
    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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    I hope you're doing well, Jessica. It must have felt weird to come out of your surgeries. It's a transformation. I don't know how much memory you have of your earlier surgery years ago.

    I hope they are taking good care of you there. Time can pass slowly in a hospital, but if things are boring, that's a blessing.

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    Hi everyone! I’m so sorry it’s taken so long for me to reply. Here are the updates.

    The first surgery was 4 hours and went well. They did an ALIF for L5-S1 and then did a lateral inter body fusion for L1-L5. They chose to not remove and replace my disc between T12 and L1 because they were confident that that disc is still healthy enough it doesn’t need to be removed and also that in order to get to that disc they would need to place a chest tube due to the necessary approach and right now with Covid they didn’t want to risk anything.

    I was up and walking the day in between the two surgeries with a lot of pain but not as intense as I thought it would be. That day I also had a CT scan done so that the robot they wanted to use during surgery could have a road map of where he was needed and when.

    The next day surgery was supposed to only take 8 hours but ended up being 12 hours long since the robot couldn’t or wouldn’t distinguish where he was at on his “map” due to the presence of my existing hardware. I’m not sure if that makes total sense but that’s the best I have been able to surmise. Other than the robot confusion the second surgery also went well. Fusion from T10-S2.

    The biggest hurdle over the first few days of recovery was getting ahead of the pain while we were also trying to figure out the best arrangement and cocktail for pain medication. Turns out the IV meds make me super nauseous so we went straight to oral pain meds.

    Over the next 8 days in the hospital it was the standard dog and pony show of log rolling out of bed, walking, working on stairs, walking, walking, eating, walking, getting in and out of a chair, etc. I was discharged this past Thursday so I have spent 2 whole days at home now. I’m being very strict about the no BLT and wearing my brace whenever my feet are on the ground, using my bone growth stimulator, eating well, drinking lots of water.

    Things seem to be going well and so far my only issue has been the sheer magnitude of nerve pain in my legs when I walk. My surgeon said it’s because everything has been rearranged and is relearning how to do everything in their new locations. I hope it calms down soon.
    Feb 2003 - Diagnosed C (35) T (45) L (25)
    Dec 2003 - T2-T12 Fusion correcting to C (8), T (14), L (20)
    Oct 2019 - Lumbar curve progressed to 40
    Nov 2019 - Thoracic curve progressed to 31
    June/July 2020 - T10-S1 Fusion with SI fixation correcting to C (8), T (14), L (8)

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    Congratulations Jessica! You made it.

    Ok, so no ileus.....Did they do your SI joints?

    Nerve pain can take some time and can be an exercise in patience. I noticed that my recovery would come in steps. No improvement for 2-3 weeks, then suddenly it would be 10% better. Improvements always seem to happen when your not thinking about it...

    How is the sleeping? Sleeping can be very hard for us in recovery. Getting comfortable is hard to do, but will get better as time passes.

    You have a lot of healing to do...think healing thoughts!

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 63, the new 64...
    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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