Today I had my 2 year post op checkup.
After scoliosis surgery you generally get seen for a checkup after 3 months, after 6 months, after 1 year and after 2 years, so this was my final post surgery checkup (hooray!)
Like last year, it was very weird going back to the hospital I had my surgery at, it’s easy to forget what you went through sometimes but going back there again and walking past the ward I was on kind of brought it all back.
Luckily, I managed to see my surgeon for this appointment (not a registrar) which was good news. He checked my xrays and said all the metalwork looks as though it’s in the right place and he thinks it’s fused now which is great news.
I told him that I’m doing alot of activities post op such as going to the gym regularly, aeorbics, zumba etc and that I was worried I was doing too much. His answer was no I won’t be doing too much and that I can do anything I want to do now which is good to hear, sometimes you just need a little reassurance.
What made me laugh though today was the guys who did my xrays were fascinated by them, their eyes almost popped out of their sockets when they saw them and they kept asking me loads of questions about my spine and calling me the bionic lady! Surely they’ve seen other scoliosis post op xrays before…I do like people’s reactions to them though and straight after the guy who did the xrays had seen them he was offering to carry everything for me, like I couldn’t lift a basket with my clothes in…Funny how people treat you differently after they’ve seen the xrays!
Anyway it was a good appointment overall and he said I dont have to go back again now or have any further xrays (woohoooo!) unless I have any issues.
This is kind of a big thing for me, considering I have been having checkups on my back and xrays every year since I was 14. I’ve had more than enough xrays to last a lifetime. It’s a bit weird to think I’ll never have to go for another checkup or wear one of those fetching hospital gowns for my yearly xray again (fingers crossed).