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Old 08-11-2009, 10:59 AM
Rodverta Braefusion Rodverta Braefusion is offline
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Hi everyone,
just signed in and noticed there are now 13 members on this forum. How about we all meet and greet on the forum, so we can get to know each other and offer support or share experiences. I'll start:

aged 44, mum of two adult children. Had a thoracolumbar curve of 50 degrees, had surgery on June 1st, 2009 (Adelaide), now corrected to 5 degrees. Instrumentation posterior T11-S1, Anterior fusions at L4/5-L5/S1 with two cages. Recovery was smooth, now happy to be pain free!

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Old 08-11-2009, 11:50 AM
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The actual curve degree was 58 not 50. Just realised error, no edit buttons here!
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Old 08-11-2009, 02:25 PM
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Old 09-11-2009, 09:08 PM
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Hello fellow Aussies, glad to see an Australian forum for us, thankyou

I am awaiting surgery, Jan 25th, 2010. Posterior T5-L4 for a 40T & 45L S curve

It is putting some fear into to me, but I am really looking forward to getting the surgery and hopefully achieving a good outcome.

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Old 09-11-2009, 09:23 PM
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Old 10-11-2009, 07:43 AM
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My meet and greet story is as follows:

I had surgery for my scoliosis at age 57, in March this year. I am fused T4 - pelvis, posterior only. My surgery included osteotomies and laminectomies, and my surgeon used my own bone, donor bone and BMP for my fusion.

I've had a smooth ride through recovery and there isn't much I am not able to do. I will probably never be able to cut my own toenails and putting on socks requires help but I shave my legs, have done quite a lot of gardening in the last couple of months, and am back to kayaking. Swimming on my front is awkward but unchanged from pre-op, on my back.

I put my good fortune down to the brilliant skills of my surgeon. He sure knew what he was doing and I'm so very grateful.
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Old 10-11-2009, 12:03 PM
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Hi everyone, I am 53 an found out I have scoliosis while I was having chest and abdominal xrays for a totally unrelated matter. It is lucky the xray technician mentioned it (she said "that is a shocking scoliosis you have") (I said "what scoliosis!"). The only thing I know about my scoliosis is that it is rotating, I think that means my ribcage is moving, it looks that way to me, anyway. I have lost three inches in height since my 20's,i do not know if that is related. I am seeing a specialist later this month? Has anybody got any tips or advice
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Old 10-11-2009, 02:43 PM
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Hi vanessa. There's not a lot you can do until you've seen the scoliosis specialist. He will tell you your cobb angle (size of curve) and give you some idea of whether surgery is warranted. If the curve is progressing, it's likely he may suggest surgery. When I was your age, my curve progressed quite rapidly, after not changing much my whole life. I lost between 2-3 inches in my fifties. I regained 2 inches.

Are you having any pain? If not, you're one of the lucky ones. Surgery is generally done at our age primarily to halt the progression and address the pain, rather than for cosmetic reasons.

Let us know how you go at your appt. Take notes so that you don't forget the many details that are thrown at us at our first appt. Taking a list of questions helps too. Give him a copy so he can answer them one by one, and write his answers on your list. It's so difficult to remember everything. Taking someone with you helps too.
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Old 10-11-2009, 04:32 PM
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Hi Vanessa,
Welcome to the forum. As Jen said ask lots of questions and take lots of notes. I don't know how far off your appoinment is, but I found that keeping a notebook and writing down all those questions helped me. Oh and by the way, don't ever consider any question to be a silly one. Hope you are not in any great pain. Let us know how you get on.
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Old 10-11-2009, 06:26 PM
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Thankyou so much for your advice, Jen. I went on the internet and searched for quite a while until I foundthis site, which has been the most sensible and helpful. I am having pain in my back, which I thought was the result of weak stomach muscles and poor posture!
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