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Posted by Steve on October 17, 2000 at 11:23:36:

In Reply to: For Steve, Kevin, anyone else considering fusion surgery posted by Jill D on October 17, 2000 at 11:11:37:

: Hi Y'all - is the adress for a really great website all about spinal fusion surgery:

: I think the gal who started it has not been keeping it up to date lately, as I've tried to e-mail her and post my surgery date, etc., but have not gotten any response. BUT, it is a really great site for lots of information about helpful tools, people's surgery and recovery stories, etc.

: One of the best tips I picked up from her website is to get myself a "grabber" (sometimes called a "reach extender"). With this tool, I am able to do SOOOOOOoo much stuff that I would otherwise not be able to - like picking up stuff that I've dropped on the ground, putting on my own pants, getting clothes out of the washing machine or dryer, you name it, and I can do it with my grabber. They are usually available at medical supply stores and really aren't very expensive - mine was only $13.00! Anyway, I've rambled on long enough - do check our this great resource if you have time.
: God bless your day!
: Jill

I am thrilled to read that you are doing well after your operation. Mine is scheduled for Nov. 17th and I am quite relieved to have finally made the decision to go ahead with it. I do have one more question for you , if you don't mind. How many levels were fused for you and did your doc use a "BAK" cage, "Femoral Ring" or any other kind of foreign device to aid in the fusion? Also, how many levels did you have fused? As always, thank you for taking the time to help a perfect stanger. I really appreciate it. Take care and feel good!!


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