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  1. #31
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    Quote Originally Posted by titaniumed View Post
    That looks painful....We have a lumbar curve member here named Suzie in Sacramento. She came out good also. About the same length fusion mass. Looks like he wants to skip the L5-S1 which is the ALIF from the front. Ed
    Yes, it is painful every day...some days better than others as I'm sure you know. I'll have to search for Suzie and ask how she's doing now.
    I expressed how important it is to me to retain as much hip/pelvic movement as possible. For one reason, I practice yoga and plan to attend Yoga Teacher Training in the near future. My wish and goal is to help others with back pain and scoliosis since I have been through it myself.

  2. #32
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    Quote Originally Posted by scoliosisstory View Post
    Yes, it is painful every day...some days better than others as I'm sure you know. I'll have to search for Suzie and ask how she's doing now.
    I expressed how important it is to me to retain as much hip/pelvic movement as possible. For one reason, I practice yoga and plan to attend Yoga Teacher Training in the near future. My wish and goal is to help others with back pain and scoliosis since I have been through it myself.
    Jen, Everyone is afraid of being fused to the pelvis....I didn't have any choice in the matter. I did ask about fusing lower in the thoracic, not going so high (T4 or T5, instead of T2) and that was flat out rejected. Members here have had fusion extensions below fusion masses and also above fusion masses....

    (ASD) Adjacent Segment Disease and (PJK) Proximal Junctional Kyphosis are topics we need to be aware of especially having long fusions with scoliosis surgery.

    https://www.spineuniverse.com/condit...ease-back-pain

    https://www.srs.org/patients-and-fam...ummary-06-2020

    It's hard looking at studies since we are all so different. You will see different age groups, vast age groups, Age 18 to Age 80, shorter fusion masses, (2 levels) non-scoliosis studies with all sorts of different values and risk from 5-50%. You can have a complication and they won't know why it happens. The thing is, we have to be prepared should something happen that's beyond the surgeon's control. If you should need a revision surgery down the road, it won't be a surprise....There are a good amount of revision patients here on this forum. Spine is extremely complicated.

    Suzie hasn't posted in many years....I went to a (Dr Picetti) scoliosis meeting in Sacramento with her and Linda about 12 years ago, and she was doing pretty good. You couldn't tell she was fused and you couldn't tell I was fused....She was fused T10-L4

    https://www.scoliosis.org/forum/member.php?2982-Suzy
    https://www.scoliosis.org/forum/sear...archid=2348598

    If you send her a PM, tell her we miss her here.....It's been years now...
    If she changed her e-mail, you could be out of luck.

    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

  3. #33
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    last visit with surgeon prior to surgery

    As of today (Tuesday) I am two weeks from my surgery date and had my last meetings with the nurse and surgeon. We discussed medications and the surgical process. At the advice of a couple of members here, I will start my own thread and put what information I have on there. Thanks so much for all of the information you all have provided thus far and I hope you are all doing well!

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