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Old 07-12-2009, 12:35 PM
Gavman Gavman is offline
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Hi I'm almost 18 and was diagnosed with (AIS) scoliosis roughly 2 yrs ago. I am currently looking at having surgery on my 70 degree curve in around March next yr. I hope to chat with anyone else who has/had scoliosis issues.
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Old 07-12-2009, 01:18 PM
Rodverta Braefusion Rodverta Braefusion is offline
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Hi Gavman,
Welcome to the forum. Do you have thoracic or lumbar or thoracolumbar?
Hope you are not in too much pain. Have you seen any specialists yet? If you have, what are they proposing - surgery wise?
If you have any questions, feel free to ask?
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Old 08-12-2009, 10:44 PM
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Thanks for the welcome. I have a significant thoracolumbar curve that is increasing and will require spinal fusion surgery. The pain is also increasing and I will see my specialist this coming friday who will plan out a date to have the surgery done,hopefully sometime in March next year. My specialist/surgeon says that i may have to have 2 operations i.e one anterior and then maybe one posterior in order to obtain a feasible correction.Thanx so much for the support
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Old 09-12-2009, 08:11 AM
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Hi Gavman,
Thats what i had. I have instrumentation T11-S1 posterior and had L4/5-L5/S1 fused anteriorly with cages. I was extremely happy to wake up after surgery to find that horrible pain gone. What part of our beautiful country do you live in?
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Old 09-12-2009, 10:30 AM
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I'm very glad that you got a good outcome. I live in Melbourne,urself?
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Old 09-12-2009, 10:41 PM
Rodverta Braefusion Rodverta Braefusion is offline
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Thankyou Gavman. I went from a 58 degree curve down to 5 degrees. I'm very pleased. These surgeons, that do these surgeries, they are more than amazing - they are truly blessed! By the way, i'm from Adelaide.

P.S. if you read this before Friday. Ask your surgeon about anterior surgery for males, i read on another forum, it can sometimes be tricky.

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Old 10-12-2009, 02:44 PM
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No worries, yep I agree, they are truly gifted in their marvellous techniques and abilities. Ah kk, thanx i'll definately ask him tommorow about the anterior form of the operation and its associated risks etc. Thanks so much again!
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Old 13-12-2009, 06:51 PM
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hey
i'm paige, i'm from melbourne, too
i'm nearly eighteen as well, although i had my spinal fusion just over two years ago. however, i'm probably not the best person to be dishing out advice or anything as two years later, i'm still undergoing physio every three weeks as a result of constant back discomfort/pain. i was diagnosed with adoescent idiopathic scoliosis in august 2006 and had my spinal fusion on 26 november, 2007. i had a double curve, and at the time of my operation, my thoracic curve was 65+* and my lumbar was 38.5*; i am fused from T5-T11. i think i'm now around 20* approx., i've never actually been given a definite degree. generally speaking, my actual stay in hospital was a breeze - my surgeon & physio actually told me i had recovered one of the best they had ever seen, except for my second night in hospital, where it was discovered i'm allergic to morphine. i hope you're not, because having your back just sliced open and then throwing your guts up is quite frankly the worst feeling ever. i was in hospital for a week, and now i've been told that i appear to have recovered too well, too quickly because of the pain i'm now experiencing two years later.

but don't let that throw you off. from the time of my diagnosis to the time of my surgery, i researched and researched scoliosis and the procedure of the fusion. if you have not already, i strongly suggest you do that as it will eliminate any fears you may have. it is a daunting experience, but it definitely is not as bad as you may expect.

hope that helps, at all.
any questions or if you just want to chat, don't hesitate
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Old 14-12-2009, 01:23 PM
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Hello Paige, welcome to the forum. Thanks for telling us your story. I'm sure your experience will come in very handy for other teens facing scoliosis surgery.
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Old 14-12-2009, 01:57 PM
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Hi paige,
Welcome to the forum. I live in Adelaide, but just got home a little over an hour ago from Melbourne. I had to attend a Xmas function. It was good to read your story ( i like reading about OP's recoveries). Could you please elaborate a little on the part of you recovering so well you now have pain. I'm a little concerned. Thanks
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