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Old 01-21-2010, 05:47 AM
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Anyone have a son or daughter who went thru it? I'd like to here from you. My son (15yo) might have to have it done at the end of the school year.
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Old 01-21-2010, 06:03 AM
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I'm 45 yr old and had spinal fusion two years ago and it went pretty good so far..

I got L4 L5 & L5 S1 fused.. I had Spondylolthesis and had a broken bone in my back causing both discs to rupture.. pain was unspeakable.. I was horizontal for 3 months on percs until my surgury..

I did a lot of research as I'm sure you are..that is good.. I ended up with a Neurosurgeon who performed a Non-evasive endoscopic spinal fusion and instead of them taking the bone from my hip they used cadaber bone mixed with coral to fuse..

I walked out of the hospital four days later and feel pretty good now.although I'm limited I'm just thankful I can walk and still do lawn care for a living..

I strongly believe to use a neorosurgeon over a Orthopedic one..and its up to individual to follow through with therapy and maintaining a very healthy life style.

The only thing I a dissapointed over was that I had to wait 3 months for the surgury which caused me to have "drop foot" to this day. Its from the discs being compressed on the nerve which runs down to your foot for too long.. Now I'm an advocate for spinal injuries and hoping they start treating them as they would a compound fracture and fix them ASAP.

the most painful part of the surgery was when the nurse had to pull the Foley catheter out of my penis two days after.. yowwwwch!

good luck to your son

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I was fused at L4-L5 6 years ago. Its a big surgery and recovery will be tough. What is his diagnosis? 15 is very young for degenerative condition.
My niece has a severe case of scoliosis and they fused her entire thorasic spine at age 11 becasue she could not breath. Unfortunatley, her torso stopped growing when they fused her and the result is that she is very very short torsoed for her height. Her arms and legs look much too long for her body. If your son is looking ta a multiple level fusion, find out how that will effect his future growth. Feel free to PM me with questions. I have had 5 spine surgeries and currently have a bulged disc in my neck. I have "Degenerative Disc Disease" and despite otherwise good health and lifestyle, its just the way it is for me.
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Old 01-21-2010, 06:28 AM
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5 years ago my 18 year old son had spinal surgery which involved fusion and Laminectomy. He fractured C4/C5 in a diving accident and it was emergency surgery to prevent furthur damage to his spinal cord. What would you like to know?

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Old 01-21-2010, 07:10 AM
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Best of luck with it all. Watch the meds. I lost a good friend who got too familiar with the meds after the surgery. He drank himself to death in a few years.
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My son has scoliosis, it started about 2 years. He can't wear a brace because its very high on his spine. His is A Typical 1 in 1000. We've seen two othros at Children's and Penn and were not happy with what they had to say. He was just seen by a spine surgeon at Shriners in Philadelphia. Man was I impressed with that place. We were their for 3 hours, they took all kinds of measurments and spent a lot of time with him, did two more x-rays. He is now at 35 degree's He goes back in 3 months, if curves more in that time they recommend surgery. He's having an MRI next week to see if he has extra fluid in/around his spine which might be causing it. His 6 foot tall today, over the last year he has grown 6 inches, which has not helped the problem. They say he has another 3-4 inches to go.

I guess I'm looking for a ball park time of recovery. We were told total recovery would take 12-18 months. If surgery takes place it would be the day after then end of school. Kind of screws his summer up but at least he should be ready for school in the fall (we hope)
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Don't have any advice but I wish him (and the family) well.
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Don't have any advice but I wish him (and the family) well.
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Good Luck. One of my very good friends owns and operates this practice. He's a very down to earth, regular guy and easy to talk with. Best of luck.
http://www.princetonbrainandspine.com/
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you might want to find a neurosurgeon like i did that can perform endoscopic non-invasive spinal fusion using this type of hardware:

http://www.endius.com/z/ctl/op/globa...63/template/PC

recovery is faster and overall surgery is safer in my opinion..

less Scar tissue the better..and stay away from Othopedic surgeons, they are good for broken bones and like to cut you open from head to toe.

good luck again
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good luck at shrinners there hospitals they have some of the best doctors in the country. I have recommened at least 12 children to the boston burns and the mass springfield unit. To me being a shrinner the hospitals are the best part!
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First off, wishing you all strength to get through it quickly. He has the advantage of youth as far as recovery time. There is a hospital in Atlanta called the Shepherd Center that specializes in catastrophic spinal cord injurys. They are as good as it gets. I realize that your sons condition is not the result of an injury, but they may be able to give you a referral to someone that specializes in Scoliosis. Best of luck.
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Thanks for all the info and well wishes. Here is the doctor we saw at Shriners

http://www.spineuniverse.com/author/1340/betz
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Originally Posted by rparkssos View Post
First off, wishing you all strength to get through it quickly. He has the advantage of youth as far as recovery time. There is a hospital in Atlanta called the Shepherd Center that specializes in catastrophic spinal cord injurys. They are as good as it gets. I realize that your sons condition is not the result of an injury, but they may be able to give you a referral to someone that specializes in Scoliosis. Best of luck.
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Read all of the above; I guess this"older" retired guy has nothing to complain about. All of my ills are nothing compared to what is talked about above. My prayers to all; heal fastand get well.
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My niece had a 90 degree bend when they fused her. It was her third surgery at Childrens Memorial in Chicago. Dr. Sarwalk (sp) was her doc. She has one shoulder blade that sticks out to the rear and is still crooked but she was down to 10-15% lung capacity on one side. She recovered well and just graduated from the University of Illinois.

If anyone wants to complain about their medical problems, my neice, after going hrough all that as a kid, just had her second surgery in a month for a malignant tumor. She has some facial paralysis that were are hoping is temporary. This has really been a source of stress for my whole family. All in all, my little nech problem seems petty right now. She is a great kid who just got a degree in speach pathology and now cannot speak clearly. Supposed to start grad school but its all on hold now. Life is not fair...

On scoliosis, Dr. Richard Fessler is the surgeon now at Northwestern University that got me out of a wheelchair. He is currently developing a minimally invasive fusion procedure for scoliosis. They are presently bringing in talent form all over the country to develope the leading spien surgery ceneter in the world at Norhwestern. It is an amazing facility. Might be worth a call. He has my MRI's right now and I am waiting to hear his opinoin.
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the shrinners hospitals are free of charge to children up to 18yrs and they never ask your ability to pay!
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Old 01-22-2010, 04:10 AM
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Had it done 3 years ago....I'm 50 now. Had L4/L5/S1 done.
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My daughter is 21 and has cerebral palsy. She's actually had two. She had the first in 2004 because of scoliosis. She was basically cut from the base of her neck to the top of her rearend. They insert an "oxbow" shaped rod that went from the left base of her spine, up to the base of her neck, and back down to the right base of her spine. She doesn't walk and is in a wheelchair (prior to the surgery as well), but she was completely recovered within a few months. I'm not sure how the recovery time would have changed had she need to support herself to walk. Unfortunately, the estimate that she was full grown was incorrect (they would have had to do the surgery anyway because of the severeness of the curvature). She grew and the rod broke. We went back for the second surgery in late September of last year. Same thing all over again, except worse because they had to remove the original rod too. She was doing great by Christmas. We have an excellent surgeon. His name is Dr. Jan Klamar and he's at Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. We wouldn't let anyone else touch her. She was in the hospital 7-8 days for both surgeries and he showed up EVERY morning and EVERY evening, including weekends. The one thing that we weren't prepared for is how she looked after surgery the first time. They have to lay face down for the (in our case) 12 hour surgery. That along with all of the fluids that get pumped into them, made her face look like she had been beat by Tyson. All that said, kids are amazing. Your son will do fine. It's his parents that will struggle. Sounds like he's in good hands. My family will have him in our prayers. Don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions that a parent can answer (I'm no help with the technical aspect!).
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I had back surgery in novembe at the hospital for special surgery in manhattan. I had a micro disecomy.not a fusion. The hospital was amazing . My doctor was also amazing.dr. freddico giradi.he has a nice resume and you can see it on his website. I belive the hospital has less then a 1% infection rate . So not only is the surgery important but recovery as well.infection can be a bigger problem afterwards.good luck ,any questions just pm me.
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