|Sunset flying back from Baton Rouge, LA|
We saw a bunch of other postops as well, beyond the many adolescents and younger adults who were seen for conservative f/u for scoliosis evaluation and possible bracing.
Ann below is a nurse from Wilmington, NC. She had "wicked bad" flat back syndrome as shown below, having had a previous lumbar fusion and severe disc collapse, and stenosis.
We were able to get her straightened up nicely with an anterior L5S1 ALIF, followed by a posterior multilevel laminectomy and osteotomies and removal of the old hardware. She came in for her 6 week postop visit yesterday with a big smile, and a nice straight posture, off all her pain medications. She is getting back to work and back to life!
I've got much more to share, but the hour is growing late, and I have a very large scoliosis surgery planned for tomorrow 7:15am on a lady who had a fracture dislocation as a young teenager, ejected from a car and unfortunately was paralyzed in the lower extremities. She now has a progressive spinal deformity and severe pain and trouble sitting up in her wheelchair. Although her motor system to the legs are out, she still has sensation, and has significant pain.