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Revision Surgery at age 60

SewBzzzySSewBzzzy Posts: 1
edited 12/25/2015 - 9:43 AM in Scoliosis
Scoliosis was discovered by my doctor at age 17 (S curve at 48 degrees lower and 35 degrees upper), at which time they put me in the old-fashioned Milwaukee Brace of the late 1960's - with the big metal circle and head-rest, metal bars front and back, etc. I wore this until I turned 19, at which time I was told my lower curve was at 24 degrees. I married at age 22, had two children, and suffered through some back and neck pain along the way......all of which I controlled with over the counter medications and exercise. In 2000 at age 45, I underwent spinal fusion with instrumentation to correct the now 68 degree lower and 48 degree upper curve. I was fused from S1 to T11. After initial healing, I did GREAT! Four years ago at age 56, they fused C4, C5 and C6 with hardware.

I now have "flat back" syndrome, and they are looking at revision surgery at U of M hospital in Michigan, near where I live. They will remove all the old hardware, and put in new longer rods....extending up to T8 or so. According to the CT scans and x-rays, C7 may be a problem also. My curve, even with the rods, measures 49 degree lower, and 38 degrees upper.

I'm thinking of doing the revision surgery in September of 2016, since I'm a school secretary.....and being menopausal, can't even THINK of being in a brace during the hot summer months. LOL! The doctor said it would be much worse than the fusion in 2000, when I was off work for 6 months in a body cast. However, the physician's assistant thinks I may be able to go back to work in only three months? Really? Bending, squatting, up and down, lifting, etc.?? I'd like to hear all of your experience out there in relation to revision surgery at my age. Thank you!!!! Wish the internet was around WAY BACK WHEN! :-)


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 12/25/2015 - 9:44 AM
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    I am not able to relate to your spinal issues...but I'm sure others with shared experiences will respond.

    Just wanted to say I think it very good you starting to plan ahead.
    There is thread titled, Post Op must haves...that you may find beneficial.
    Yet, with the past experiences you have had, you may be able to add to it. :)

    There is also a medical informational side of this site. Using search on this site, upper right on page, typing in your concerns you may find other posts, present or past, articles and or videos.
    Often times when I search, I find I have more questions I jot down for doctor.

    I wish you the very best for your future surgery! And I look forward to reading about how you are getting along...pre and post op!
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