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#517833 - 11/21/17 12:49 AM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: Lon]
AJ_FUSED Offline

Registered: 05/14/17
Posts: 16
Hi Lon,
Thanks for your kind words, I had my 2nd surgery 2 weeks ago and I'm now back home.....I'm going to post what happened on this thread so check it out.....
Take it easy,

#517834 - 11/21/17 01:53 AM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: AJ_FUSED]
AJ_FUSED Offline

Registered: 05/14/17
Posts: 16
Hi everyone,
So if you've been reading this thread you'll know I've been on a journey to reclaim my life after being totally disabled, deformed and completely unfit after my AS fused my upper spine and curved it forward + fused my neck so I had chin on chest deformity and couldn't lift my head up anymore. 2 years ago I was deformed and I weighed 26 stone, I looked disabled and really you would have thought that was how I would be for the rest of my life....however when I found out about corrective surgery it gave me hope and from that moment 2 years ago I decided to pursue surgery until I got it.
I prepared myself physically and got down to 17st for my 1st surgery 18wks ago. My 1st surgery was on my cervical spine (neck) where I had an osteotomy with titanium rods & screws implants, my head was lifted back up. Now I don't have the range of motion of a yoga expert but I can look up and down, left and right pretty dam well. In fact my range of motion continues to improve and it's a great feeling......however even though it was great to have my head up I still had a really curved upper spine and it was permanently bent forward, I was bent just below the chest which was weird also.
I healed quickly from the 1st surgery and was back lifting weights and doing cardio after 7 weeks. So I then trained really hard for the following 9 weeks and put on a decent amount of muscle, then exactly 16wks after my 1st surgery I went back for the 2nd surgery, this time on my thoracic spine (upper). Yes it was a big risk having 2 major surgeries in short succession but I wanted to get them done. I'd spent the last 8 years with no life and I wanted the nightmare to end.....I was told by my surgeons that this was a much bigger surgery but they said that they had never met anybody so motivated and positive, I was ready to rock and roll and I was convinced it was going to work.
Well I had the surgery 2 weeks ago and they were not kidding about it being a bigger op.....the surgery took 14 hours and they did 3 osteotomies on 3 vertebrae next to each other and put screws and rods throughout my entire upper spine into a couple vertebrae of my lumbar + of course what I've got in my neck. I awoke to extreme pain and could not move for 4 days....the pain was intense and it also triggered a massive flare-up un my lower back. However after 4 days I was moved from intensive care to the ward and 3 days later I was home. My lower back and abs were swollen and constantly in spasms which was very painful and exhausting. It's now 2 weeks after surgery and things are improving everyday. My lower back and abs have healed and now it's just my upper back muscles which are tight and painful from being opened up and the tightness and pain is simply my muscle fibers repairing themselves. Everything is of course tender and painful and it's going to take a couple of months for my body to adjust to its new posture and for my back to heal. However I'm already noticing a difference in pain. When I lay down, which I can do flat now, my lower back muscles aren't reacting like they did before. I believe by straighten my spine and restoring balance it's taken pressure off my lumbar spine and muscles and once I'm healed I expect to be a lot better with flare ups and pain. Very exciting.
Now the good news....I'm straight again, my head is up and I look normal again. My body is back in balance and movement/walking about feels natural and easy again. Before my 1st surgery I was 5foot2, after the 1st surgery I was 5ft6 and now I'm 6foot again. All my body parts are back where there meant to be, no more bent chest and I feel amazing. I have a good range of motion in my neck and lumbar spine so overall life will be back to normal. Ive been out and about already, going into shops, watching my son play a soccer match, taking my other son to school, driving my car with the seat upright.....and that's now, just 2 weeks after surgery. I can't wait until I'm fully healed and I'm back to the gym.....I've got a couple months to go before I get there but once the muscles heal in my upper back I'll be engaging in a routine of weightlifting, cardio and stretching on a daily basis. 2 years ago I looked totally disabled and deformed and now I look like a normal person who's in good shape.....I promised myself that if all my hard work paid off and I was able to get back in shape and build a decent physique again + if the surgeries worked and made me look normal and restored me back into balance, if it all came together and granted me a 2nd chance at life that I would embrace it and never take it for granted again. Well that's exactly what's happening....I'm going to keep things nice and simple for the next 6 to 12 months. I'm going to heal, let my implants fuse and clarify properly into my spine and workout. My mission is to get lean, flexible and build a good strong body. I'm about to take delivery of my new sporty hot hatch car, so I'll be enjoying driving that everyday, going to the gym and simply easing myself back into life. After being so isolated with no life for 8 years it's now a process of rediscovery as I reclaim my life. It's very exciting and I'll keep you all posted of my progress.
Never give up, always have hope and embrace life.
Take it easy everyone,
Peace out,

#517836 - 11/22/17 12:35 AM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: AJ_FUSED]
AnitaC Offline

Registered: 09/30/17
Posts: 25
Loc: Oregon
Bless you Anthony! What an amazing journey you are on!

#517854 - 11/28/17 05:36 PM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: AJ_FUSED]
Lon Offline

Registered: 09/11/01
Posts: 8397
Loc: Gillette, Wyoming
Anthony- you are my new hero!
Blessings aand peace to you

I don not know where you live, if we were buds I would have stopped by when in ther neighborhood and rejoiced in your new positions. You are prepared for the tough road ahead, you will make progress. We love you in that manly moose killing sort of way!
I keep the New Covenant,
when I fail....I am pulled
back into place by HIM.

#517862 - 12/01/17 05:44 AM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: AJ_FUSED]
MollyC1i Offline

Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 9806
Loc: Brittany, France (since Nov 08...
WOW clap What a session. Kudos all round, and a knighthood for the surgeon. Just an amazing kick to AS from all involved, heroic achievements.
As for your own response, awesome. Continue well Anthony
Cheering you onwards and upwards cheerleader

Molly C
MollyC1i - Riding OutAS

#517863 - 12/01/17 02:57 PM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: AJ_FUSED]
danose Offline

Registered: 10/23/17
Posts: 1
Hello AJ.....i'm new to this site. I had an anterior posterior cervical osteotomy in July 2016 for chin to chest deformity. 66 degree curve. it has been almost 18 months now and i am no longer in pain in my neck and shoulders and i am able to look forward. It was not easy. the surgery was very complicated. Nothing on my left side worked and no feeling on thr right side. I did have to learn to walk all over again. i am now wheelchair free, walker free and cane free. i still have alot of issues with my nerves and loss of feeling but most of my pain is gone. I was due to have surgery on my mid spine and lower spine but i have declined to do it at this point. I have searched and searched with no luck to find anybody that has had the same surgery.
I hope you are doing well and life is good again!!

#517897 - 12/11/17 02:47 PM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: danose]
AJ_FUSED Offline

Registered: 05/14/17
Posts: 16
Hi Danose,
Really sorry to hear your surgery had complications....I went into both of mine fully aware of the many things that could happen. I pushed my luck twice within 16wks & my outcome has been superb.....from the 1st surgery (chin on chest) I have some numbness in my forearms, outer left hand (pinky finger), thighs, middle of my chest + my right eye is smaller than before due to a condition called horners syndrome (a nerve was nicked in my neck whuch causes the side of the face to droop, but in time it can get better & mine has greatly improved & people don't notice unless I say something) However those areas are slowly improving.....from the larger 2nd surgery on my thoracic spine I've got numbness in my left lower abs (its sometimes more noticeable than other times), this numbness is because the surgeon had to tie off a nerve & he knew that I would have this numbness....I also have numbness and possible nerve damage to my left pec muscle from laying on it for 14hrs....however its now almost 6wks since the 2nd op & its improving. I also have numbness around the back & sides of my head from where they attached claps....again slowly getting better. Overall the numbness isn't painful, hasn't given me any issues. The healing of my spine will take over a year so I'm hopeful things will regenerate. Today I did my 1st exercise session & I'm feeling great.....I took my 2 boys to the cinema twice this weekend & we're going again next weekend (I hadn't been in over 8yrs,in fact I haven't done anything fun in over 8yrs).....I really gambled to get my life back, yes my life improved drastically after my 1st op & I could have lived a half decent life & yes the 2nd op was partly a vanity issue but overall I knew it would improve my life in so many ways that I had to go for it....I've obviously been very lucky to have 2 successful surgeries & already be back on my feet after only 5wks, well actually I was back home, driving & on my feet after 2wks so yes things went really well for me & continue to improve everyday.

Therefore it truly breaks my heart to hear other people's experiences weren't so good...I'm so sorry you didn't get the result you wanted from the neck surgery & obviously after what you've gone through a 2nd surgery is a big issue + would a surgeon even consider doing it....I hope things improve for you & maybe in time you'll get yourself fixed. Always have hope, you never know what the future holds.

Good luck to you:)

#517900 - 12/11/17 07:54 PM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: AJ_FUSED]
Lon Offline

Registered: 09/11/01
Posts: 8397
Loc: Gillette, Wyoming
I am wondering how you are feeling?
sometimesit seems like our lives are filled with progress and pain and then more pain before the progress.

You are a hero - I am so glad for you and for the kids and family!

Keep us posted.
I keep the New Covenant,
when I fail....I am pulled
back into place by HIM.

#517984 - 12/29/17 06:07 AM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: AJ_FUSED]
AJ_FUSED Offline

Registered: 05/14/17
Posts: 16
HI everyone,
Just thought I'd give a quick update because I've had a significant improvement to my healing....After my 1st surgery (chin on chest correction) pain was bad, I lost dexterity in my hands + numbness all over my body but after 7wks I had a dramatic improvement and was back training and lifting weights. I spent the next 9 weeks putting on a significant amount of muscle & strength before I went for the 2nd surgery to correct my upper spine....I knew the 2nd surgery was going to be massive, especially combined with the 1st only 16wks before. I knew I'd be unable to train but in my mind I said I wanted to be back training before the end of the year and because the 2 surgeries were going to take me from a guy who was deformed and looked weird to somebody who looked more or less normal, I wanted to join a gym again instead of just training at home. Well the surgery created extreme pain, I've got rods and screws from my neck all the way to just into my lumbar spine : C4 all the way down to L 2 .....After the initial pain throughout my entire upper body went away, I was having the most intense pain in my upper back muscles every time I moved my arms. It felt like my shoulder blades and bones were cutting through my muscles because they were in places that they had not been in years (where they are actually meant to be) research from other people who experienced similar pain suggested it might never go away or at best take a couple of years. Well I pushed through the pain and I would stretched and swing my arms about, breaking up the internal scar tissue and getting my body accustomed to it's new posture. After 5 weeks I pushed myself through a couple of very light workouts and then things started to really improve. By 6 weeks I was back training and it's now 8 weeks since the 2nd surgery and on Christmas day I joined a gym. I've had 3 great workouts so far, it feels amazing to be back training and working my muscles in ways I've not been able to at home. Obviously there are certain weight lifting exercises I won't be doing including free weight squats and deadlifts but besides that I feel great and my goal is to continue building my fitness, strength and physique. I have an appointment to see my surgeon in 3 months, we will be discussing a possible 3rd and final surgery again on my neck. People are telling me I look normal again but I feel my neck could be tweaked a little more to give me a couple of changes I would like to my posture. I'll keep you updated when I know more..

So I'm going to focus on my training and continue to rebuild my life....mind, body and soul.

Embrace life,

Edited by AJ_FUSED (12/29/17 06:08 AM)

#518892 - 07/30/18 11:44 PM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: AJ_FUSED]
AJ_FUSED Offline

Registered: 05/14/17
Posts: 16

It's been a year since my 1st correction, 9mths since my 2nd correction and in 2 days I go for preop and then if all goes well I'll be having my 3rd correction in 2wks.

My 1st correction was on my neck, 2nd was lower thoracic and now the 3rd is on my upper thoracic. Very excited and if all goes well I'll have a nice straight posture again.

I'll be in touch,

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