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Old 17th May 2011, 07:26 PM
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Wow don't you all look ace!
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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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Old 17th May 2011, 08:38 PM
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Fantastic pics Bronte! I just know your success with this will inspire others who've had fusions to follow their dreams. Massive well done to you
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I'm Sally, 31, and I have congenital kyphoscoliosis in association with Spina Bifida, Diastematomyelia and tethered cord. Surgery to detether spinal cord and remove bone spur at Addenbrooke's in 1984 aged 3. Developed 'pes cavus' and weakness in legs, various foot surgeries between '92 and '94. Decompression of spinal cord, hemivertebrectomy and fusion L2-L4 with instrumentation by Mr Crawford and Mr Laing (neurosurgeon) in 1998 aged 17. Had two stage anterior-posterior T10 to pelvis fusion surgery on 27th February 2012 at NNUH by Mr Crawford and Mr Lutchman. Fused well but now curving over top of fusion, so facing fusion extension up to T1. Trying a brace first in order to put off surgery til next year
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Old 18th May 2011, 10:34 AM
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Wow Bronte well done, I love the photos.
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Old 18th May 2011, 01:46 PM
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Wow Bronte, what a fantastic achievement
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Old 19th May 2011, 11:19 PM
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Well done Bronte that's ace!!!

Some really good things on this thread.

I am hoping to prove in June that with a fused spine (and a total disk replacement) you can do the Great North Swim and raise money for MedEquipforKids...

Here's hoping!!
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Old 19th May 2011, 11:27 PM
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Jess, if you set up a 'Just giving' page, I'll gladly sponsor you for that
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Old 21st June 2011, 07:11 PM
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Default Re: Things you CAN do with a fused spine

Today I based a 3 teir pyramid (holding two people above you) without any problems at all

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Well done Bronte! You're going from strength to strength
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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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Awesome
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Can you carry a ruck sack on your back with a fused spine?
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Old 22nd June 2011, 08:13 PM
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Yep, you sure can Not immediately post surgery, if course, but once things are nicely fused. In fact, I could never stand to carry anything on my back before because of my rib hump, but I find it much easier post surgery
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Yes you can, i was in the mountains about 7 months post op, mind u it hurt like hell for a few days but we were doing some stupidly idiotic stuff and i should have known better

But yes you can virtually do everything you did pre op
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I can and do - this has included lugging (not too far admittedly!) about 60 pounds of stuff for courses, both after my first surgery (T10-L2) and after my much more extensive T3-L4 surgery. I've also used a kiddy back pack to lug my monster around up until he was about 30 pounds, and that was going quite a bit further - kiddy packs are not as ergonomic though, and tended to set my neck off.
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Diagnosed at 15 with 50 curve, but probably juvenile IS. Fused in kyphosis (by non-specialised ortho) with a/p surgery T10-L2 @ 21, posterior only revision surgery to correct kyphosis @ 29. Now 38 with further revision surgery and extension of fusion to sacrum required to correct residual kyphosis, restore lordosis and address spinal stenosis.
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Default Re: Things you CAN do with a fused spine

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Can you carry a ruck sack on your back with a fused spine?
Yes you can I have my D of E final this weekend so I'll be carring a 60L rucksack all weekend.

My surgeon goes of no more than a 1/4 of your body weight but thats altered on build
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Old 26th June 2011, 12:10 PM
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Can You Ride A Bike?
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