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Vertebroplasty Round 2: Update

by on February 22, 2010

It’s been almost 3 weeks since Satomi has had her 2nd Vertebroplasty.  There has been continued improvement to her spinal “stability” and stamina.  Satomi has lost about 15lbs since her heaviest back in November.

There are only 4 holes in her back this time around.  The T10 and T11 vertebrae are much smaller and only required a single entry point to inject the cement.  L5 still required 2 holes.  The wounds healed up well and look similar to the other dozen or so sites.

Even with these improvements, these past weeks have shown that the third Vertebroplasty will be necessary.  Pain remains in her T7, T8, and T9 vertebrae.  We’ve already contacted City of Hope to schedule it.  If things move as normal, it’ll be in the next few weeks.

She also has some muscular pain in her lower back.  This is likely from the remaining extra weight and overall loss of muscular strength.  Her pain-killer regime continues at 4x100mg of Darvocet a day.  

To combat this, Satomi has returned to walks around the block and semi-weekly Physical therapy.  Dr. Chen had no issue with the added activity given Satomi’s improved spinal condition. 

Satomi also just tried “Lidoderm”, a stick-on Lidocaine patch.  It seems to work for her spot pain.

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One Comment
  1. Pegs permalink

    I’ll have to come down there for a walk with Sat! See you soon, HUGS!
    P

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