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Old 2nd March 2010, 03:52 PM
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BeckyH BeckyH is offline
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Join Date: Jan 1970
Location: sunny Sussex by the sea
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Default Re: Things you CAN do with a fused spine

fusion length: T11-L3
instrumentation: synergy i think? not sure to be honest.
age: almost 23, had surgery aged 18

activities: horse riding (including jumping), swimming, skiing (went for the first time 18 months after surgery) and my job/lifestyle dictates that i have to be on my feet for 12+ hours at a time, doing all sorts of lifting and stand-building because i'm an event manager. i do fun stuff sometimes too
Diagnosed in March 2001 by family GP after my mum noticed an asymmetry in my spine. Referred to a consultant at the RNOH, Stanmore and started attending consultations for x-rays twice a year. Prescribed a TLSO brace to be worn 16 hours per day. Began with double major curves at approx 48 degrees. Offered surgery in 2003 aged 16 and declined to continue with school. Requested surgery in 2005 instead. Had T11-L3 fused on 16th July 2005 and haven't looked back! Released for all activities in March 2006, having been driving and riding horses with consultant's permission since 7 weeks post op.
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