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    Default My Spinal Fusion photo (Warning: Contains graphic images of spinal surgery)

    Not sure if I shared this or not, but this is the photo that rammed home what I had done.
    This might change some minds about having this op, but I think it was well worth the pain, discomfort, the catheters, the blood, the sleepless uncomfortable nights and the money down that I paid for this operation.

    http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps1fe69d1a.jpg

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    Default Re: My Spinal Fusion photo

    Was that ur surgery?

    Maybe put a warning for the under age here.

    It might be shocking for some.

    I watched a 2levels fusion in real life before its not for the squimish.

    Ange

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    Default Re: My Spinal Fusion photo

    WARNING: looks like a spine with metal rods attached.
    (Smiley face).

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    Is that your own actual surgery? You're SO lucky to have a pic like that, if so!!! I got my surgeon to take photos during my last surgeries but they were minimally invasive so although they're cool pics to have, you can't really see much.

    Spinal surgeries are fascinating! I've watched other types of orthopaedic surgery whilst training at an ortho hospital but sadly no spinal surgeries. Our lucky mod Jonny (a biomechanical engineer working at a large hospital) gets to see all sorts of surgeries including fusions. Years ago (1986) they showed a Harrington Rod insertion/fusion in a prog called "Your Life In Their Hands" on UK television, and I watched that a few months after having my own first set of surgeries at the age of ten. It didnt squick me out, but I was a bit miffed when they described the surgery as "like filleting a big fish" and my grandma said "there you go, you've been filleted!"

    More recently, the Irish surgeon Ashley Poynton did a televised fusion surgery which gets repeated on daytime TV here in the UK every now and again. Well worth looking out for. There are plenty of videos of surgeries on Youtube etc if anyone's interested though
    37 years old, diagnosed with infantile idiopathic scoliosis at 6 months old with curves of 62(T) and 40(L) degrees. Casting and Milwaukee braces until surgery at 10 - ant release/pos fusion T1-T12, halo traction. Post op cast and then TLSO. Further surgery at 18 (ant release/pos fusion extended to L3 to include lumbar curve, costoplasty) and 25 (another costoplasty). Fusion extended to L4 at 33 (XLIF with 4 pedicle screws and two short rods). Pre-op curves: 76(T) and 70(L). Post-op curves: 45(T) and 35(L). Diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome aged 34; scoliosis almost certainly due to this rather than being idiopathic.

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    Yes this was my surgery. I asked the doctor before I went in if he could snap off a shot right after the last screw was inserted.
    Those of us that have had this surgery or any invasive surgery really know that feeling just before they knock you out, I remember saying a lot of stuff and seeing a lot of people. To this day I can't for sure tell if any of it was real or not, but me requesting a photo of my back post op was very vivid. Even when I woke up the first thing I wanted to see was this photo.
    If anyone is Australia has schuermanns kyphosis and is sick of being told there's nothing that can be done, look up Dr. Brian Hsu. Very talented and extremely understanding.

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    Soooo jealous! I asked for some as I am a research subject but got told no because I am a typical case of which they have loads of

    To make up for it I am shadowing a spinal surgeon and going into theatre as a student to watch at last one, maybe two, fusions
    I'm Tiff, I'm 17, my consultant's Mr Gibson at RNOH Stanmore and I was diagnosed in November 2011 and I had my spinal fusion October 3rd 2012 and am now fused T2-T11 with amazing correction (60T/40L to 30T/40L).

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    Default Re: My Spinal Fusion photo

    Thanks for sharing lee1975!

    I didn't find the picture disturbing at all but informative.

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    Awesome!!
    Me, a Mod? Nah ... I'll always be a rocker

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