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  1. #151
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    I knew you would like that video...yes, gab is a replacement med due to the opioid crisis. The thing is that people are now abusing gab these days....You remove one street drug and it will get replaced by another. Remove marijuana and it will get replaced with tumbleweed. (smiley face)

    Surgery is always a delicate decision....

    On a positive note, they have done various surgeries on centenarians.....
    Age 111 Mostly hip procedures, some knee.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7154456/

    Dr Burch operated on a 94 year old scoliosis patent, but it doesn't state the procedure. I guess we can assume fusion of a few lumbar levels and not just laminectomies
    https://spinecenter.ucsf.edu/there-a...-spine-surgery

    Is there any benefit in bracing your scapula?

    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

  2. #152
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    I do believe in the idea of the least amount of medication is best. Even though I am a child of the 60's. I never tell into the drug culture of the times.
    We did try two different braces. The first is like a sling often used for stroke victims. The other was like a strap across both shoulders. The first helped to hold it up but it makes the hand not usable. And with the numbness I will never stand it. The second one ,I could not get it tight enough to do any good. We thought of taping, but how do you do that every day. Also it would be very hard on the skin and probably lead to skin problems.
    We can do nothing or the
    delicate procedure. A shoulder replacement will not help because it isn't the shoulder it is the scapula.
    Another major problem that this doctor said is the problem caused by muscle failure due to the thoracic fusion. Probably we can say a different problem of being a scoliosis patient.
    T10-pelvis fusion 12/08
    C5,6,7 fusion 9/10
    T2--T10 fusion 2/11
    C 4-5 fusion 11/14
    Right scapulectomy 6/15
    Right pectoralis major muscle transfer to scapula
    To replace the action of Serratus Anterior muscle 3/16
    Broken neck 9/28/2018
    Emergency surgery posterior fusion C4- T3
    Repeated 11/2018 because rods pulled apart added T2 fusion
    Removal of partial right thoracic hardware 1/2020
    Removal and replacement of C4-T10 hardware with C7 and T 1
    Osteotomy

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