Good luck Chico

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Just wanted to say good luck to our group Guru, Chico in your operation tomorrow. And thanks for all the excellent advice you've given us all.

You will be able to finally finish your TKR rehab.

All the best

Marilyn

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    Hope all goes well Chico. You have been such a help to me and all your advice has been much appreciated.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery.

     

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    Chico

    Missed that you were having surgery. Best wishes for an uncomplicated recovery!

    Debbie

    Ps my log in has changed, had to sign in again

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    And the same from me too!!!!  I meant to have said this last night but had connection problems so couldn't say anything at all to anyone!  Look forward to having you back on the group too Chico.

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      Went to sleep...woke up.  Walking a few hours later with zero pain.  They slip it in, expand it, fill it with the bone graft and close.  You don't even know it's there...  Just more metal to get past the TSA at the airport.  See all three pix...above...

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      Restrictions:

      - They don't want me to drive for two weeks...right...

      - No twisting or lifting things for a while...at least two weeks.

      - Wear my old fusion brace for the next two weeks.

      - Deal with the post-op pain for a few days.

      - Uh........

      That's it.  They just want to make sure everything sets in place before resuming "normal" activity.  This is like miracle surgery...

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      Yes.  Started in October, 8 months into my knee replacement rehab which went on hold.  Could not go to the gym with the back pain...hardly walk.  Should have been done earlier but the neurosurgeon needed a general surgeon to open me up from the side and get to the spine.  Had to wait until the two could coordinate schedules.
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      Thanks Chico.  I'm going to pass this on to a friend who is terrified about her spinal stenosis.  Her father had it and had a very unsuccessful op for it which left her in a real state about her own condition.

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      Search YouTube for "Globus RISE-L"...cute little animation of the procedure.  And because they expand the spacer using a long Allen wrench, I told my surgeon that his new official Brooklyn Sicilian Wiseguy name will be: Tommy the Wrench!

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    Good luck Chico!! I hope all goes well for you  lol

     

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      They filled the space within the device with a bone graft from my hip.  Immediate pain relief without fusion, one-night hospital stay, zero rehab.  Just some post-op discomfort from them moving muscles around to get in there FROM THE SIDE, not the back.  Search YouTube for "Globus RISE-L" for a cute animation of how this was done.

      Thanks to everyone for the good wishes.  Op yesterday at 10:30 am...home today at noon...  Easy peasy...

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      Search YOUTUBE not Google for the animation.  This was sooooo simple.  Saved a whole new fusion.  When you see the video you just wonder what goes through the minds of the people who invent this technology.  I'm just in awe...  All that pain gone in an instant.

      This is what it looks like laterally after the expansion...  See?  No fusion required like below it.

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      It's little short of breathtaking!  I know this is going to reassure my friend so much!!!!  She's got her appointment on Easter Monday for her MRI and then the consultant a day later and the fact that there is such a wonderful treatment available is going to make all the difference in the world.  Thank you Chico!

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      Or the Million Dollar Man:-))))))  Chico, I told my friend about your op and she was SO relieved!  Having seen her father have a really bad experience with it all years back, and then a friend telling her she'd end up with her back seriously bent over (not sure where that came from) the information you gave me yesterday has lifted her spirits again and given her hope for when she sees the consultant just after Easter.  Thank you again!

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      Not saying that it replaces all fusions...but in specific cases, it is quite an option to have available.  Post-op pain was at its worst last night after all the anesthesia wore off but it's much better this morning.  Looks like a winner...

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      4 1/2 pounds so far with one knee to go (that's about another two). I really, really don't want any more spine work done by that's not up to me.  Up until 150 years ago, people didn't have spine problems because they were dead by 50.  Now, with current life expectancy in the 80's, we all have to remember that our spines have not evolved to last that long.  Simple biology.  But these new techniques can give us a long, full life even though some of those spinal components have to be replaced.  As the technology improves, so will the quality of life because it's going to take millennia of evolution for humans to develop longer-lasting backs naturally. 

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