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Thread: 3 yrs post op...almost!!!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    new jersey

    3 yrs post op...almost!!!

    Hi, I just wanted to check in & say I feel great after almost 3 yrs. I realized recently that I bend & move (finally) like I did in the old days before surgery. It took me over 2 yrs to really completely 'heal' physically and emotionally!!!
    I still occasionally get the grabber out when I feel it's a to hard to bend situation. I try to be careful but it is gardening season here & I cannot resist to bend & plant!!!!
    All my best to all soon to have this surgery---Lynne

    95 curve reduced to 60 ant/post--Dr. Boachie/Kim
    @HSS in NYC in Aug. 2006

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Congratulations nearly three years, to me that time has just flown by. I can remember when you were about to have your surgery done, really happy to hear from you again and that all is going so very well.

    Macky xx
    Operation 1966, Fused from T4 to L3, had Harrington rods inserted. Originally had an 85 degree Thoracic curve with lumbar scoliosis as well but had a good correction.
    Perfectly normal life till 1997 but now in a lot of pain daily. Consider myself very fortunate though.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
    That's great to hear Lynne!
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Central NJ
    Good for you Lynne! I'm glad all your hard work has paid off! Enjoy your gardening.
    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

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Yay, Lynne!!! I'm so glad you are doing so great. You have been an inspiration to me, as you are one year ahead of me and it's been good noting how you are doing...

    I THOUGHT I was doing well at each stage of the recovery game, but it seems like when I look back, I am always sooooo much better as more time goes by. I guess it's good to think you are doing well and then be pleasantly surprised by how much more you can do with the passage of time...

    Hope you celebrate your 3rd anniversary in some way. I'm so glad you posted!
    67 and plugging along...
    2007 52 w/ severe lumbar stenosis & L2L3 lateral listhesis (side shift)
    5/4/07 posterior spinal fusion T2-L4 w/ laminectomies and osteotomies @L2L3, L3L4
    Dr. Kim Hammerberg, Rush Univ. Medical Center in Chicago

    Corrected to 15
    CMT (type 2) DX in 2014, progressing
    NEW 10/2018 x-rays show spondylolisthesis at L4/L5 - Dr. DeWald is monitoring

    Click to view my pics: pics of scoli x-rays digital x-rays, and pics of me

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Greenfield, WI
    Im a long way from 3 yrs....but it's refreshing to hear stories like yours. Thanks for sharing.....plant away!
    Lynn -30.... something
    DxD @ 8 yrs old: 10* curve-no brace-no nothin'!
    At age 26: Thorasic 48*/Lumbar 50*
    At age 34: Thorasic 58*/Lumbar 60*
    Posterior T5-L4 Fusion Jan 14th, 2009 w/Dr Tribus
    UW Madison, WI Hospital
    **AFTER: less than 10* Thorasic/15* Lumbar**

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    New Bern, NC
    Thanks for posting Lynn. I'm so happy for you. It is good to know that there is healing beyond two years because right now, it looks like I will need that much time. My best to you. Sally
    Diagnosed with severe lumbar scoliosis at age 65.
    Posterior Fusion L2-S1 on 12/4/2007. age 67
    Anterior Fusion L3-L4,L4-L5,L5-S1 on 12/19/2007
    Additional bone removed to decompress right side of L3-L4 & L4-L5 on 4/19/2010
    New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA
    Dr. Frank F.

    "In God We Trust" Happy moments, praise God. Difficult moments, seek God. Quiet moments, worship God. Painful moments, trust God. Every moment, thank God.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Hi Lynn

    You have quite a story, with a great outcome.

    I grew up in Wayne, NJ I left in 1980 Where are you at? You remember Dr Ciccone years ago?
    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

    My x-rays

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Indianapolis, IN

    Cool Way To Go

    I am so glad you are doing well at the 3 year mark. I like to hear from people that are that far out from surgery to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel!! I know that time is the great healer and it sounds like you are proof of that. Good luck in your gardening. I see my weeds and my head wants to get back to it so bad but my back doesn't want me too!
    May 2008 Fusion T4 - S1, Pre-op Curves T45, L70 (age 48). Unsuccessful surgery.

    March 18, 2010 (age 50). Revision with L3 Osteotomy, Replacement of hardware T11 - S1 , addition of bilateral pelvic fixation. Correction of sagittal imbalance and kyphosis.

    January 24, 2012 (age 52) Revision to repair pseudoarthrosis and 2 broken rods at L3/L4.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Madison, Wisconsin
    Great to hear from you! Congrats on being 3 years post-op! Wow, how time flies.
    All the best,
    "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!

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