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  1. #1
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    I Survived!!

    I am just logging on to the internet for the first time since surgery. I have so much to share and don't know where to begin, so I'll save that for later. I just wanted to thank everyone for their support. You don't know how much it helped prepare me for what was to come. My surgery on May 22 was a complete success. I am recovering at home still and will be until the end of August. I feel better every day. I will share my story on my blog (tomorrow) and am looking forward to contributing to this board again.

    Brandi
    Brandi
    Congenital Scoliosis, 58* lumbar curve
    Combined Anterior/Posterior Spinal Fusion w/Laminectomy May 22, 2006
    L1-S1
    Dr. William Lauerman
    Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC
    Pedicle Subtraction Osteotomy @ L3, Posterior Spinal Fusion L2-L4, rod removal with re-instrumentation T10-S1 and Laminectomy February 5, 2009 to correct flatback
    http://brandi816.wordpress.com/

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    Way to go Brandi!! So glad you're doing well and that your surgery was successful!! Best wishes
    Jen
    24/NY
    Harrington rod placement & fusions
    11/2/94
    60T, 35L

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    Congratulations!

    I'm so glad to hear about another successful surgery. Congratulations on your recovery process. I would like to hear more about your experience as I am preparing for a spinal fusion. Is you blog accessible to the public?
    "You must be the change you want to see in the world."

    Previously 55 degree thoracolumbar curve
    Surgery June 5, 2007 - Dr. Clifford Tribus, University of Wisconsin Hospital
    19 degrees post-op!

    http://abhbarry.blogspot.com

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    Congrats!

    Good for you Brandi! I felt so happy too that I survived surgery and the months to come made me realize it was something I should've done years ago. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
    Jenn
    37 y/o female
    60 degree lumbar
    45 degree thoracic
    1st time anterior/posterior surgery May 8th and 10th 2006
    T 5 to S 1
    NYC

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    I am so glad your surgery was a success!
    Dawn

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    Congrats on your surgury.
    Hope you recover fast!!
    Veronika
    Mák Veronika
    14 yr.o. girl 9th grade
    40T
    54L
    +rotation
    Boston Brace since December 2005
    Location in Florida

    I play flute.
    I LOVE ROCK!!!!!

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    Yay!!

    Welcome back! We were worried about you!! I'm so glad everything was successful. Can't wait to hear more details.

    Chris

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    Yayyyyyyy... congrats on your surgery! I KNEW u could do it!! We will be waiting to hear all the details when you feel like filling us in!! Gentle hugs to you... JoAnn


    P.S. I so enjoy your blog!! You are an excellent writer!
    Last edited by JoAnn5; 07-15-2006 at 06:49 AM.

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    Praying for your recover Glad the operation went well Dave
    Hello I'm Dave
    34 years old
    2002 C5-C7 Fusion with plate and screws.

    Sept 2005 T3 to L1
    65 degree before 37 degree After Thoracic
    Rods and Screws

    L3-L4 and L5-S1 took discs out fusied with rods and screws.

    Had 11 1/4 hour surgery spent 6 days in coma and 7 days in heart ICU. Had a tough surgery don't want to go through that again.

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    Hi Brandi,

    Welcome back!!! And congratulations on your recovery. I didn't feel like getting on here less than 2 months after my surgery. Many of us have been wondering how you were doing. It's good to hear from you.

    Shari

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    Brandi----so glad you are back! Been waiting to hear from you! Ly

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    You sound good Glad to hear all is well!
    Always Smilin'

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    Hooray!

    Brandi:

    I'm so glad you're on the mend! My son just had his surgery last Monday and is doing good, too. We even got to come home a day early! Please keep up posted on your progress!

    Laurie
    Laurie
    mom to Josh age 15, double curves 77T/55L Posterior spinal fusion done at age 13 on July 10, 2006 from T2 - L5 Now 35T/25L

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    Thumbs up Thanks...

    Thanks again everyone for your words of support and encouragement. This board means a great deal to me and I am so glad to be back. I am going to need to spend a lttle time catching up on whats been going on. I guess I'll be reading a lot of old posts! Laurie, I am glad to hear your son is doing well. I wish him a speedy recovery! Abhbarry, yes, my blog is accessibe to the public. Simply click on the link at the end of my signature.

    Brandi
    Brandi
    Congenital Scoliosis, 58* lumbar curve
    Combined Anterior/Posterior Spinal Fusion w/Laminectomy May 22, 2006
    L1-S1
    Dr. William Lauerman
    Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC
    Pedicle Subtraction Osteotomy @ L3, Posterior Spinal Fusion L2-L4, rod removal with re-instrumentation T10-S1 and Laminectomy February 5, 2009 to correct flatback
    http://brandi816.wordpress.com/

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    It was great to hear from you and I'm gonna catch up on your blog now.
    36 year old single mom of teens ages 14 & 15.
    Anterior/posterior spinal fusion on February 9th & 16th 2006 with Dr. Anthony Moreno who now has his own practice.
    Fused from T-3 to S-1 (sacrum)
    Curve pre-op = 70 degrees
    Curve post op = 20 degrees
    No pain anymore!!
    Google is your friend

    I am not a doctor and will never give medical advice. I will support and answer questions from personal experience only.

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