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Old 24-06-2013, 01:24 PM
Pippa Pippa is offline
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Hellooooo,
My surgery is this Thursday, just 2 days and 21 hours to go! I'm not particularly worried about it, in fact I'm pretty excited, no school, more cookies and everyone will do what I request, mwahahha.
My thoracic curve is 54 degrees and my lumbar is 38 degrees, we only found out late last year that I had scoliosis and found out late January this year that surgery would be the best option.
I was wondering though the procedures you go through. Once you arrive at the hospital I am aware there are things you have to do before they operate, what are some of these procedures? Also a quick rundown of what happens post-op when you are still in the hospital would be much appreciated :3
Thankyou everyone
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Old 24-06-2013, 07:18 PM
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Well good luck Pippa you are probably in recovery or critical care by now. My daughter came out of hospital on Saturday and had her op last Tues- a speedy recovery. Her physio had her taking a few steps morning after surgery, next day she walked about 10 metres 3x during the day, day 3 after surgery went on 2x 2 min walks had her first shower using a chair,day 4 she walked up a flight of stairs and showered and dressed herself- she was tired after that but surgeon so happy with progress gave her the option of coming home that day. Day2 after op she was unplugged from all lines and catheter but didn't drink enough that afternoon and didn't have a "windy" tummy yet - she felt quite sick and had the drip put back in just overnight to rehydrate. next morning was much better and tummy started to gurgle too. Keep asking questions and keep up the pain relief when you need it especially when you get home. You and your family will be amazed at how quickly improvements are made. My daughter is still a long way from doing cartwheels but each day walks further and moves more easily- it seems to be very tiring- 6 days after op this is the first day she has stayed awake all day. Good luck to you a positive attitude makes a big difference too.
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Old 24-06-2013, 09:27 PM
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Hi Pippa

My daughter has mild scoliosis, which is why I joined this forum. It is great for finding information and support.
As my daughter does not need surgery, I can't help you directly, but I think if you read the surgery posts on this forum, you will find a lot of your questions answered (and some you possibly haven't thought of yet )
Because I am familiar with some of the posts, I have put the links to some relevant ones below:

Jake's story
http://www.scoliosis-australia.org/f...read.php?t=537

Handy tips
http://www.scoliosis-australia.org/f...read.php?t=176

Questions about surgery answered
http://www.scoliosis-australia.org/f...read.php?t=408

Part of Renee's story
http://www.scoliosis-australia.org/f...read.php?t=511

If you click on ReneeS, it will come up with a drop down menu. Click to see all posts. Renee has several helpful posts during her recovery.

BTW if you are still at school, Georgia has some tips at: http://www.scoliosis-australia.org/f...read.php?t=507

Big for you, and wishing you all the best for your surgery and a speedy recovery.

Carol
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Old 25-06-2013, 09:42 PM
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Hi Pippa. My daughter had surgery 5th March. She's 15. I think from what I've read and from what different people have told me some of the procedures differ state from state. We're in Adelaide. Not sure where you're from. She had electrodes put on her head in the morning and then she was admitted to the hospital. The nurses talked to her a bit about what was going to happen and showed her how to do a log-roll into and out of bed. She then had a pre-med drug. I went in with her to the operating theatre and left as soon as she was asleep. She had 24 hours in intensive care and had the morphine on a button whilst there. They removed that when she went back to her room. She basically slept a lot - in between the nurses checking her blood pressure and medications etc. They left the little tube in her arm even when they took her off the drip which was actually good as they could use that for other painkiller drugs and also drugs to help nausea if you happen to feel sick. The physio came the second day after surgery and got her up to walk. I stayed in hospital with her and helped her shower etc. She came home after one week and had 6 weeks off school. She's doing really well as I'm sure you will. You sound like you have a very positive attitude so I'm sure you'll be just fine. Wishing you all the best and thinking of you. Please don't hesitate to ask any more questions or Private Message me. Take care
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Old 25-06-2013, 10:52 PM
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Hi Pippa,
We will all be thinking of you on Thursday!
You don't need to worry too much about the op, all the hospital staff will go through everything with you and your parents before and then after the surgery. They do a wonderful job to keep you looked after and as pain free as possible.
Just don't forget to make sure you always speak up or let your parents know if they can help you with anything especially if something is painful or uncomfortable or feel like special food. I bought my son a punnet of raspberries when he couldn't eat any of the hospital food. They will be very happy to spoil you.
Hope you can keep posting and let us know how you are going,
Liz xx
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Old 26-06-2013, 04:00 PM
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Thank you everybody for you input They talked us through some things today and the physic came to speak to us as well.

Trace I'm from Melbourne, hope your daughter has coped well

Thank you M&M for the links!

And woah Traveller, what a speedy recovery! Hope all is going well!

Thank you everyone xx
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Old 29-06-2013, 06:32 PM
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Hi everyone, this is Pip's mum. We are now day 2 after surgery, and progressing OK. No complications from surgery, just a bit of pain management adjustment, but basically the specialist and nursing team are very happy with Pip's progress. The next big thing will be getting her walking and readjusting the meds, and reintroducing food. We are so proud of her, and thankful for all the support and encouragement we are all getting . I will post again as we get to more milestones .
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Old 29-06-2013, 08:29 PM
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Thanks so much for your post. It's a difficult time, so pleased that everything is going ok.
Keep strong and give best wishes to Pippa.
Liz
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:12 PM
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Great to hear that all is going well.
We're 7 weeks away from surgery (not that I'm counting!) but it's wonderful to keep hearing the success stories.
Thanks for sharing and best wishes to all x
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:28 PM
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So glad to hear that Pippa's doing well. Hope she has a speedy recovery. Good luck with the walking - it will be hard the first time but will get better every day. Wish her all the best from us
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