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#517174 - 05/28/17 08:38 AM I'm having surgery in 7 weeks.....
AJ_FUSED Offline
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Registered: 05/14/17
Posts: 16
Hi - first time posting, no idea if I'm doing it right. I've had AS since my early 20's & I'm now 38. Been stuck at home for the last 7 years with a fused spine and chin on chest deformity. I've isolated myself from everyone and it's destroyed my life....2 years ago I weighed 26st and was really unfit. I started training and found out about surgery. I've been on a quest for the last 2 years to reclaim my life. I got funding to have surgery at the Queens medical centre in Nottingham, England (I live in a different part of the country)....I've now built up to training twice a day using an exercise bike and cast iron weights. Even with my fused spine, posture, mobility issues and pain I have been able to lift weights and build my muscles (I once loved lifting and the muscle memory helped) my muscles have responded, I've become far more flexible (2 years ago I could barely bend forward, now I can touch my toes)..my resting HR is down to around 48bpm and I feel strong and fit. I'm down down to 17st with around 7 weeks to go before surgery. So I'd like to hit the 16st mark and have lost around 10st in the last 2 years. In 5 weeks I go for my final preop and then a couple weeks later I'm having surgery to lift my head up....with a possible 2nd surgery 3 months later on my lower back. To be honest I'm kinda hoping they do both surgeries so I can get as straight as possible.......I've come a long way in the last 2 years, because before then I'd really given up on life and lost hope....I'm on a mission to break free from the prison of my surrounding and the prison of mind, body and soul......I've been a surpressed person, not feeling like myself, existing in a perpetual cycle of depression.....i had such low self esteem and embarrassment I isolated myself. I only see my 3 kids and wife.....but because of me just existing in my room, everyday the same thing, same clothes, same depression....its pushed my relationship with my wife to complete collapse. She has agreed to give me time and see what I'm like after the surgery and once the halo is off. I don't know what will happen but I'm determined to become myself again and use all the negative things I've experienced to make me an even better person....I can feel the real me inside and the training and fitness has begun my transformation.....I know the risks of the surgery but I'm still excited to have it done, I'm ready to continue my recovery and if all goes well.....2018 you better watch out, coz I'm coming for ya!!!!!

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#517184 - 05/29/17 05:09 AM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: AJ_FUSED]
Frederick Offline
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Registered: 03/28/06
Posts: 292
I had the sort of surgery you mention way back in 1983. There are various ways to do such surgery. In my case it was known as a wedge osteotomy to the lower spine. My neck was unaffected by the A.S. at that time. A wedge of bone was cut out of the spine and the spine was then straightened out and held in place with titanium rods. As you can imagine things are done in a much better way these days. The surgery was a success and not only did it straighten out my spine but it also lead to much less pain. There was some snags but eventually all worked out very well. I would recommend such surgery to any A.S. sufferer that needs it. As with all surgery there are obviously risks but I found it all well worth the risks as the surgery was life changing. Let us know how you get on. In my case the surgery was done at the Orthopedic Hospital Oswestry, UK

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#517188 - 05/30/17 04:59 AM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: Frederick]
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Thanks for the response......I totally understand the risks and of course I'm concerned, not really about the ultimate risk but anything else other than death. However I also can't continue existing like this everyday and for me the risk is worth the reward. I've been stuck at home for 7 years and these last few weeks leading up to the surgery have been the most frustrating....I've definitely reach the peak of what I can take and I just want to get on with it.....I'm going to use the remaining 6 or so weeks to continue training and dieting and prepare myself for the battle.

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#517324 - 06/20/17 10:34 PM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: AJ_FUSED]
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Posts: 12461
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Hi AJ,

I wish you the very best with your surgery and hope it will be a wonderful success and help to restore your posture and take down the pain. I am sorry to hear of the struggles you've had because of this rotten AS... and inspired to hear how you are battling back despite how tough it's been.

I have a dear friend on here that had a similar spinal surgery with an amazing outcome. He is still doing well many years later.

Please come back and post again to let us know how it goes for you!
Take very good care!
mig

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#517327 - 06/21/17 04:34 AM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: AJ_FUSED]
ineptwill Offline
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Registered: 03/31/02
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I think Mig may be referring to me! She usually claims to be a good friend just before trying to borrow money, but she is ok really!!

Oddly my initials are AJ, odder still I live in Nottingham less than 2 miles from the Queens, more odd yet it is where I was given a second chance at life. What isn't odd at all is that you are going to the best of all places for this surgery, ward D8 West Block I guess is where you will be.

Who is doing the surgery?

I had a 12 hour procedure and ended up with 2 rods and 14 screws and remarkably from a stooped walking stick of 5 feet 9, became a 6 feet 2 straighter than for many years happy human.

Surgery is a bit brutal recovery painful but so well worth it. Took me 2 months to be at ease with myself and a year before I worked. I even wrote a book about it in which Mig above features some of her art work.

I won't tell you that it is called 'Going Straight' and is available on Amazon. Neither will I mention that if anybody buys one I get 5p commission of which Mig insists she commands half. Anyway we wont mention the book or Amazon!!!

Good luck, bear with it keep us informed, I might even visit you..........wow now that is a threat


Yay


AJ G


Edited by ineptwill (06/21/17 04:44 AM)

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#517365 - 07/02/17 02:43 PM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: mig]
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Posts: 16
Hi Mig,
Thanks for your response......I'm now 11 days away from surgery and I feeling great. Ready for the mission and battle ahead and really excited about the future....I'll keep you posted.

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#517366 - 07/02/17 03:04 PM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: ineptwill]
AJ_FUSED Offline
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Hey AJ,

Weird about the initials....It would be even weirder of your name was Anthony John.

Anyway, cheers for your response......I'm now 11 days away from surgery with my final preop this coming Thursday 6th July 2017. If all goes well with that, the surgery will be confirmed for the following Thursday 13th July.

I'm feeling really good......over the last 4 weeks I've completely changed from the person I've been for the last 7 years and I'm feeling like the old me again. I've begun my transformation and it feels awesome....I'm convinced this has all happened for a reason and it's going to make me a better person.

When I got the funding I was supposed to be having dr Hossein Mehdian as my surgeon but he retired. Now I have a very impressive surgeon named nasir quarishi......I'll be having a neck osteotomy which will hopefully correct my chin on chest deformity.....then a possible lower back surgery 3 months later.

I'm super excited about the adventure to come, it might sound crazy but it's true....I've been stuck at home for over 7 years so the prospect of doing something different is awesome, I've got no fear and I believe everything will be fine. As you said, I'm in the best place for this surgery and that's why I pushed so hard to get the funding. I live in Bradford and originally I was referred to the spinal team in Leeds. However they told me I had to wait over 2 years for the first surgery and they wanted to do 2.....so I wouldn't be done until 2020. That didn't fly with me and so I emailed Dr Mehdian and he phoned me and said I shouldn't let them operate on me because the surgery is very specialised and only queens medical does AS surgery in the UK. That's when I went into overdrive and was able to secure funding within 3 weeks and now 7 months later I'm about to have my surgery.

I've been training my [*bleep*] off and I'm ready to rock and roll.....I just want a life again and I'm prepared for the battle ahead.

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#517367 - 07/02/17 04:06 PM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: AJ_FUSED]
ineptwill Offline
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wow, what a super upbeat response, that will serve you well. Mehidin was top man for some years. My surgery took place before his arrival, I was lucky to get the man who designed my particular procedure and something of a spinal legend, J K Webb.

Let me know when you are settled at queens, I would like to follow your progress If you don't mind?

Was in Bradford last year for a weekend with friends, a big hotel the name of which I can't remember. Had a fab curry at the very recommended place whose name I can't remember either.

Lovely day at...............errrr Salt....cripes can't remember that either but a fascinating place


Good luck Anthony John!!! I am Alan Joseph John but my brother is Anthony!! lol

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#517369 - 07/03/17 03:50 AM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: AJ_FUSED]
MollyC1i Offline
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Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 9785
Loc: Brittany, France (since Nov 08...
Hi AJ - Just doing a bit of catch-up with KA, and caught your post and those of Alan and Mig - stalwarts of KA ! (Oh, and don't take any notice of Alan, he is our resident clown...ducking !) Well done you, so upbeat. The very best for the upcoming surgery. Awesome.

I echo Mig : "Please come back and post again to let us know how it goes for you! Take very good care!"

Molly C - Keeping on, Keeping on - as we all do


Edited by MollyC1i (07/03/17 03:55 AM)
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#517373 - 07/03/17 08:03 AM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: ineptwill]
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Cheers for your response to my last message......to be honest I had completely given up on life 2 years ago. I thought I was never going to get back I shape, lift weights or exercise again. I was told by my spealise at the hospital that there was no surgeries that could lift my head up again. I was told that about a year after my head fused down and I spent the next 4 years gaining weight and just existing. I hid myself away in my room and ignored the world.....

It was only when I came across a before and after photo of a guy who looked like me and then was upright....that I realised that there was hope. I started changing my life and began a quest to reclaim my life.

I've learned what's important in life and how precious it is.....I've given myself a great Base of strength and fitness for me to improve on after the surgery....If I get what I want and the surgery works, I will make sure my second chance at life isn't wasted.

I'll keep you updated...

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#517374 - 07/03/17 08:05 AM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: MollyC1i]
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Registered: 05/14/17
Posts: 16
Hi Molly,

Thanks for your kind words of encouragement....I'll keep you posted of my progress.

Anthony:)

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#517437 - 07/20/17 09:25 AM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: AJ_FUSED]
AJ_FUSED Offline
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Registered: 05/14/17
Posts: 16
Hi Everyone,
Had my spinal surgery last Thursday, 12 hours in total. The surgeon & his amazing team were able to get my head up and I now have titanium screws & rods in my upper spine & neck. I was released after 6 days & I'm now back home. I will be seeing my surgeon again in 6 weeks where we will discuss a lower back surgery which will correct my posture even further. It's already an amazing transformation and the second surgery is more of a tweak. It's amazing to lay flat, sit upright and of course walk about with my head up so I can see where I'm going. It's now just a daily rehab routine and I just have to give myself time to recover from such an extreme surgery....dealing with pain, fatigue, lack of strength and I've got a few areas of my body that have some level of numbness. I just need to give my body time to adjust and recover.

I'll keep you updated on my progress or go check out my Instagram page. I posted a video right after surgery + a before and after pic and a video today 1 week later back at home. My Instagram is thesteelcomplex

Thanks,
AJ:)

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#517438 - 07/20/17 09:26 AM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: AJ_FUSED]
AJ_FUSED Offline
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Registered: 05/14/17
Posts: 16
Hi Everyone,
Had my spinal surgery last Thursday, 12 hours in total. The surgeon & his amazing team were able to get my head up and I now have titanium screws & rods in my upper spine & neck. I was released after 6 days & I'm now back home. I will be seeing my surgeon again in 6 weeks where we will discuss a lower back surgery which will correct my posture even further. It's already an amazing transformation and the second surgery is more of a tweak. It's amazing to lay flat, sit upright and of course walk about with my head up so I can see where I'm going. It's now just a daily rehab routine and I just have to give myself time to recover from such an extreme surgery....dealing with pain, fatigue, lack of strength and I've got a few areas of my body that have some level of numbness. I just need to give my body time to adjust and recover.

I'll keep you updated on my progress or go check out my Instagram page. I posted a video right after surgery + a before and after pic and a video today 1 week later back at home. My Instagram is thesteelcomplex

Thanks,
AJ:)

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#517439 - 07/20/17 03:53 PM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: AJ_FUSED]
MollyC1i Offline
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Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 9785
Loc: Brittany, France (since Nov 08...
Well done AJ. I checked yr site, amazing photographs, can see the success of the op. Congrats all round. BTW - you must post to the surgery site, with yr photos.

Keep us posted as to progress. Take care now. Hope the pain is under control.

Careful as you go -

Molly C -Keeping on,Keeping on(as we do)
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#517462 - 07/29/17 10:13 AM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: AJ_FUSED]
mig Offline


Registered: 04/27/02
Posts: 12461
Loc: ON, Canada
Hi Anthony,

It is so good of you to write again to let us know that your surgery was such a tremendous success. I'm so happy for you!!!

I just viewed your before and after photos on Instagram - wow, that is a stunning transformation, I can't even begin to imagine how you must be feeling to have your posture restored like this.

In Alan's book about his surgery, I was so moved by his descriptions of looking in the mirror for the first time post op, what it was like to shave... his whole outlook. I can only imagine you must be experiencing a similar sense of joy.

I hope your recovery goes as quickly and smoothly as possible and that things continue to improve each day as you adjust to this huge change.

Your sheer determination and will to find a way to battle back is seriously inspiring. Thank goodness that you had such a great surgeon and team, and such a positive outcome. I hope your next surgery proves to be every bit as successful!

Thank you so much for sharing with us!
Take very good care,
mig

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#517588 - 09/05/17 07:47 PM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: AJ_FUSED]
Possi Offline
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Registered: 11/13/02
Posts: 6922
Loc: Oklahoma where the wind comes...
I loved reading this thread. I am glad your surgery went so well.
How are you doing now?
When you can, would you update?

Blessings.
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#517718 - 10/10/17 10:42 PM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: AJ_FUSED]
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Registered: 05/14/17
Posts: 16
Hello Everyone - As some of you know I had spine surgery 13wks ago to lift my head up....I had numbness in my thighs, lower middle chest & forearms + half my left hand including my little finger. I also had a droopy right side of my face & my eye looked different. I lost a great deal of dexterity & grip strength in my hands + overall strength was lost.
The 1st 4wks were very painful & the numbness in my left forearm & hand turned to extreme pain (I had to wear a compression bandage to help with the pain)......progress over those 1st few weeks was very slow, however once the 5th week started I began to heal at an accelerated rate. At the beginning of week 7 I began to exercise again (just using my exercise bike) & by week 9 I was back to lifting weights again.
For the last 4 weeks I've been back to full training again & my strength has returned to 95% where I was at before surgery...my dexterity has returned & also my grip strength. My left little finger is still numb but improving, however the other areas have really improved & the numbness is much less & continues to dissipate, my face has gotten better & my eye continues to improve but it's all about nerves so I need to give it time & continue my face exercises....Obviously the healing process will take over a year to really settle down & nobody expected me to be training again so soon but I was determined to get on with it....amazingly I can even get on the floor again,sit on my knees or even on my bum with crossed legs. I can even do pushup again or situps on the floor....I'm feeling fantastic and that's just from my head going back up.
The reason for my determination is that although having my head up is fantastic & has really changed my life....it wasn't the revelation I was hoping for. When I'm sat down I look pretty much normal & I can move my head in all directions again (obviously not like a normal person) but actually not bad at all. However when I stand up everything changes because my upper spine is so curved. I simply can't stand up straight.....when I'm sat down my head is on top of my shoulders but when I stand up the upper spine engages & it pushes my head forward (not down) & it makes me look not right again. When I stand with my back against a wall with my feet against the wall the full extent of the curve becomes apparent.......
From the moment I stood up after the 1st surgery I knew I wanted to have the 2nd surgery & I've been pushing & begging to have it done as soon as possible......I saw the spinal team a couple of weeks ago & they were amazed at my progress....I continued to push & finally it paid off.
My 2nd surgery had been scheduled for Thursday 2nd November, exactly 16wks after the 1st.......Hopefully my spine will be straightened & I'll be able to stand up nice & straight, lay down nice & flat & sit in a seat at a proper right angle. The combination of the 2 surgeries will hopefully be enough to make me look normal again & having that posture will give me a much better quality of life. I was amazed how just having my head corrected really affected other areas of my body....My legs felt stretched out, so did my chest & stomach......I really can't imagine what it's going to be like when my actual spine is corrected......
I'm feeling strong & fit......I'm training twice a day & prepping my body to go through it all over again. I might be crazy to put myself through major spinal surgery again so soon but I feel so close to normality I just want to get it done & then spend the next few months rehabbing from both surgeries.
I'm extremely excited about reclaiming my life & I'm ready to rock & roll.
On the day of my surgery the BBC will be following my surgeon (as part of a tv show/documentary) & I've been asked if it's OK if they interview me both before & after my surgery.....crazy times.

So I'm going to take the next 3wks to continue training & then it's showtime.....

Anthony:)

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#517719 - 10/11/17 05:13 AM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: AJ_FUSED]
Frederick Offline
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Registered: 03/28/06
Posts: 292
Originally Posted By AJ_FUSED


numbness in my thighs, lower middle chest & forearms + half my left hand including my little finger.
As you will have realised by now all the above symptoms plus a few more are typical of some sort of nerve problem probably directly due to your surgery. It is a very good thing that you are already showing signs of an improvement. My only advice as someone who also suffers similar problems due to spinal surgery is to try and get the spinal team to commit themselves to what your future treatment is to be re. this problem. Don't let them discharge you from hospital just because they need the bed.

The reason for my determination is that although having my head up is fantastic & has really changed my life....it wasn't the revelation I was hoping for.
Yes well things are never as good as you hope they will be but I am sure that as time goes by and the nerve prob. improves you will get even better than you already are.

I knew I wanted to have the 2nd surgery & I've been pushing & begging to have it done as soon as possible.
Just keep at them such people have a way of forgetting about patients so don't let them.

Anthony:)

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#517720 - 10/11/17 05:26 AM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: AJ_FUSED]
Frederick Offline
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Registered: 03/28/06
Posts: 292
My spinal surgery very similar in some ways to what Anthony see above had done was performed in 1983. It took two attempts to get the job done and ended up with my being in hosp. for about six months. Three months of this was spent on a plaster-bed.

All in all it was the best thing re. my A.S. that I ever had done. I had a benefit from it that lasted me over twenty years. I would still have the same surgery done but at over seventy years old I can't find a surgeon willing to take the job on. Too risky they tell me.

The reason why I now have problems is due to the radiotherapy they used on me way back before the surgery. This has caused even more nerve damage etc. Radiotherapy would not be used today as a treatment for A.S. The cancer risk alone is too great.
So give yourself time Anthony I am sure you still have more room for improvement and remember to let us know how you get on.

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#517792 - 11/10/17 05:11 PM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: AJ_FUSED]
Lon Offline
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Anthony - are a hero!
What a good example you are!
It did me good to hear of your struggles and of your victory!

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

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

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#517836 - 11/22/17 12:35 AM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: AJ_FUSED]
AnitaC Offline
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Registered: 09/30/17
Posts: 25
Loc: Oregon
Bless you Anthony! What an amazing journey you are on!

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#517854 - 11/28/17 05:36 PM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: AJ_FUSED]
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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!
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#517862 - 12/01/17 05:44 AM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: AJ_FUSED]
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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
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#517863 - 12/01/17 02:57 PM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: AJ_FUSED]
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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!!

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

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#517900 - 12/11/17 07:54 PM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: AJ_FUSED]
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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.
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#517984 - 12/29/17 06:07 AM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: AJ_FUSED]
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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)....my 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,
Anthony:)


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

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

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,
AJ;)

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#518895 - 07/31/18 05:18 AM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: AJ_FUSED]
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Glad to know that all is going so well for you AJ.

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#518896 - 07/31/18 07:23 AM Re: I'm having surgery in 7 weeks..... [Re: AJ_FUSED]
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Hope all goes well - sounds like you had a good surgeon. Take care -
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