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Old 15-05-2011, 02:56 PM
sandy sandy is offline
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Hi Everyone, Is the anterior approach a smaller scar? I am interested in the key hole kind of scoliosis surgery and am wondering where you can get that done in Australia.
I know that in the long run the scar fades and doesn't compare to the improvement in your condition, but I'd like to know.
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Old 15-05-2011, 04:56 PM
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Hi sandy,
I had the anterior surgery and my scar measures at 35cm it looks really long but it's faded heaps and I had my surgery 14 months ago. Not sure on the keyhole surgery maybe others will know . Kathy
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Old 16-05-2011, 09:10 AM
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HI sandy,

i had anterior spinal fusion 6 weeks ago and my scar is from the top of my hip bone around my side up to where my bra clips on around 40cms but it improves each week and looks great now !

Georgia
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Old 16-05-2011, 04:03 PM
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I got my hospital forms today and it says I am having Posterior Spinal Fusion. I was expecting anterior as I am only having thoracic fusion. Is that just a standard thing the surgeon puts on the forms? Not that I mind a scar, but after a life of hiding my back I was kind of looking forward to not covering it up so much.
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Old 20-05-2011, 08:14 PM
Rodverta Braefusion Rodverta Braefusion is offline
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Christine,
That wonderful 'super glue' they use on the incision fades really well. I will be 2 years post-op on June 1st, but even on day 3 post-op, when they removed the clear tape and I showered for the first time (day 1 & 2 post-op - sponge bath!), I thought it looked pretty good. A past patient of my Surgeon did tell me that I would be impressed with his 'suture work'! She was right! On another Forum that I am a member of (we didn't have one at the time), we discussed how proud we were of our scars and I also agreed with one member when she said ' I might get a zipper tattooed on my posterior scar!'
After your six week checkup, if the surgeon is happy, you could begin putting on Rosehip Oil or Bio Oil. These help.
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Old 20-05-2011, 09:06 PM
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Hi Rodverta

My sister's scar is really fat and chunky and she doesn't like it. About 1\2 inch wide all the way down. A relic of surgery circa 1980 though so things have come a long way since then!

And I have had a couple of days to think about it and now I am not at all worried about it, and I am sure I will not want to hide it. A good conversation starter! Silly to worry about it at all really. I figured the reason he is going posterior is because my thoracic curve is quite high up, and anterior approach wouldn't get to it. And my awful rotation would be better corrected when they have full view of me lying flat and face down.

Gosh we all become medical experts on this don't we!

Thanks heaps for your help xxx

p.s. Shower on day 3? I am a bit happy about that news and hope I can do that too!
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Old 21-05-2011, 01:49 PM
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"Gosh we all become medical experts on this don't we!"

It's funny isn't it? For 57 years I ignored my Scoliosis and didn't know anything about it. I'd only vaguely heard about scoliosis surgery and "knew" that would never happen to me (because I'd be too scared!) And here I am 2 years post op with loads of experience and enough knowledge to chat about it and even ask sensible questions of my surgeon! And I'm still amazed at what these surgeons can do.
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:45 AM
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Hi Sandy,
I received your private message, I have sent you a private message.

Angela.
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Old 16-06-2011, 12:29 PM
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Hi all, I got keyhole about four months ago, and i have four small, two inch long scars down my side - looks kind of like i got stabbed by a giant fork. The only place you can get keyhole for scoliosis in the southern hemisphere is Brisbane, and I think there are two surgeons who do it. I think recovery is also faster with keyhole, as the muscles dont need to heal as much - I was back at the gym at 3 months! Hope all goes well Georgia xx
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Old 16-06-2011, 08:32 PM
Rodverta Braefusion Rodverta Braefusion is offline
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That is fantastic news Georgia. I hope your smooth recovery continues. May I ask, what levels did you have fused?
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