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    Had surgery!

    Well Hi Everyone!

    Had the surgery on the 6th, came home on the 10th. As all of you already know, I'm still in quite a bit of pain, but it's being managed pretty well. Anyway, this is about all I can tolerate in this chair, just wanted to touch base and let everyone know I was doing well. Will give you more details later. Thanks again for the thoughts and prayers.
    Debbie

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    for whenever you can sit up long enuf to read this...please know that you are in my thoughts & prayers...take it slow & dont hesitate to ask for help...

    best of luck to you in your healing
    jess

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    Great to hear from you, and glad all is as well as can be hoped for. . .

    So, tell me. . .should I go ahead and keep my surgery date next month, or should I cancel it and run in the opposite direction (the question that I ponder in the wee hours, when I wake up and have my silent freakout about this upcoming experience). . .??????

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    Debbie,

    Congratulations that you are finally done. Just remember the first 2 weeks at home are the hardest.....at least for me it was. It's does go by fast though. Before you know it you'll be a few months post op! I am sending get well wishes for you!!!!!!!!!!
    Susan

    Diagnosed at 10, Boston brace from 11-13 yrs old.
    50* Lumbar w/ 5 centimeter shift to the left and slight rib hump...
    Surgery Date: April 15 and April 22, 2009
    X-LIF approach for disc repair L5,L4,L3,L2
    Posterior Approach for fusions L5-T5
    Dr. Fox @ Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
    Nice and straight now!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by asccbodypro View Post
    Debbie,

    Congratulations that you are finally done. Just remember the first 2 weeks at home are the hardest.....at least for me it was. It's does go by fast though. Before you know it you'll be a few months post op! I am sending get well wishes for you!!!!!!!!!!
    I agree that the first 2 weeks were the worst. After that, it just seemed to get a teeny bit better every day. Take care of yourself and get plenty of rest!
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    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

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    Congrats Debbie. The worst is over, and you have much to look forward to. We look forward to hearing all the details.

    mgs, I suspect we all felt that way pre-op. I know I did. But we all made it to the hospital and to the OR without turning round and bolting, and you will too!
    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

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    Glad to hear you are on the other side. The angst and anxiety are behind you now. The healing can begin and you will slowly be feeling better and better. Take it very easy and get plenty of rest.
    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. Rands735.photobucket.com/albums/ww360/butterflyfive/

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

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    Congratulations!!! you are so lucky! I still have a month of anxiety ahead of me. I want to get it done already!!!
    I'm glad you are home!

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    Debbie,

    It only gets better from here! Happy healing.

    Lesley
    Les, Biker Babe, age 56 (at time of first surgery)
    Fused T2 to S2, posterior only, 8 Apr 08
    T3 fracture repair and revision, Mar 09
    Broke left lower rod and pelvic screws removal, Dec 09
    Scheduled to remove all hardware, replaced everything instead due to non-fusion, Nov 10
    Remove top 2" of rods and screws, Feb 14
    Pre surgery degrees: L40, T45
    Post surgery degrees: L8, T10

    Happy, joyous and pain-free!
    Surgeon: C Timothy Floyd, MD, Boise Orthopedic Clinic

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    Congrats on the successful surgery! Glad all went well!!



    Lynn
    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**

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    Wink

    Good Luck On your healing Journey!!!
    Remember, time heals.
    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.

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    Don't fret it!

    Quote Originally Posted by mgs View Post
    Great to hear from you, and glad all is as well as can be hoped for. . .

    So, tell me. . .should I go ahead and keep my surgery date next month, or should I cancel it and run in the opposite direction (the question that I ponder in the wee hours, when I wake up and have my silent freakout about this upcoming experience). . .??????
    Keep the date by all means!! Don't get me wrong, it's not a walk in the park, but I already feel better than before surgery. Some pain is more intense than before, but it's a different type of pain. Knowing what I know now, I'd do it again if I had to. Just like my knee replacement. If I had known then what I know now, I wouldn't have waited so long!
    Sorry you are having to wait so long. I'm wondering how many of you had to wait extended periods of time? I could have set my surgery date for a week later if I had wanted to, but scheduled it out about 3 weeks to get some things in order pre-surgery. According to several resources, I had one of the top surgeons in my area, so I'm not sure if that is what your delay is.
    Thanks everyone for all the get well wishes!! I really appreciate them
    Debbie

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    Your words are just what I need to hang in there, as far as my anxiety goes.

    Funny, but until relatively recent history, I gave very little thought to my scoliosis, which I've known about since 6th grade. I've told some people about my upcoming surgery, and to my amazement, the usual reaction is a stunned "What?? I never knew you had any back trouble!"

    I spoke w/the insurance company on Thurs. The woman was so sweet, and so helpful. I'm now pre-certified for the surgery, and my discharge to the Rehab unit at my local hosp is covered, no problem. . .and she even brought up, before I got to it, that I'm covered for an ambulance ride for the hour between the 2 hospitals, and for any in-home nursing care i might need after I get home. . .and she said that both she and her supervisor wish me well and hope that I have a good recovery.
    Fused T-3 to L-3, Aug 25
    Hardware removal surgery, Nov 2, 2010
    Fused T-10 to L-2, osteotomy, Feb 22, 2011

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    mgs,

    Sounds like you have a great insurance company there! So many have to fight with them to get what they need. I was so lucky having my surgery done at a military facility that I didn't have to worry about expense. My doc was able to use the most expensive materials that are out there now without having to worry about the insurance company stepping in and putting a cap in the amount of money that was spent. Good luck and trust me, the worse part is leading up to the surgery and your own thoughts getting the best of you. Eventually you will have less pain than what you deal with everyday :O) Hang in! Be positive, it does a body good!
    Susan

    Diagnosed at 10, Boston brace from 11-13 yrs old.
    50* Lumbar w/ 5 centimeter shift to the left and slight rib hump...
    Surgery Date: April 15 and April 22, 2009
    X-LIF approach for disc repair L5,L4,L3,L2
    Posterior Approach for fusions L5-T5
    Dr. Fox @ Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
    Nice and straight now!!!!!

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    Thank you all for saying the right things to help me "chill out". . .and to trust that (though yes, it won't be a walk in the park ) it will be bearable.

    I finally looked through yesterday's mail late last night and found my pre-cert letter from the insurance co. I haven't spoken with Dr. Tribus since my consult inJune, and have since had my MRI. . .my bending X-rays and labs appt is 8/1, but I learned from my pre-cert letter that he plans to fuse T-6 to T-10 anteriorly, and T-3 to L-3 posteriorly. I'm curious to learn if that plan is open to change, and what this particular fusion means as far as recovery and flexibility.
    Fused T-3 to L-3, Aug 25
    Hardware removal surgery, Nov 2, 2010
    Fused T-10 to L-2, osteotomy, Feb 22, 2011

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