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Old 06-19-2006, 11:25 AM
Mariaa Mariaa is offline
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To those that have had single or multiple level lumbar ADR or a hybrid with fusion and ADR:

Did everyone get noticably taller? This must be in the area of the surgery (lumbar levels.

I'm just wondering as I hear so many people say their pants are too short...

Was it new clothes time for all afterwards/lengthening of what you have???

Just one of the sillier questions that can be asked .. could almost do a poll on this one I guess~
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Old 06-19-2006, 11:32 AM
luvmysibe luvmysibe is offline
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Hi Maria,

When all is said and done, I probably gained 1/4 - 1/2 an inch. It seemed more immediately following my surgery, but now I don't appear too much taller than my previous height. Considering I'm only 5'1", that makes a bit of a differnece, but certainly not enough for me to redo my wardrobe.
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Old 06-19-2006, 01:34 PM
JeffreyD JeffreyD is offline
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I "grew" 1-1/2 inches. There was no difference in my legs, but the extra stretch in my lumbar region helped lessen the old love handles a bit.
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Old 06-19-2006, 05:17 PM
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3/8 of an inch. But it feels like a foot!!!!
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Old 06-19-2006, 07:21 PM
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Hi Maria,

I would say I’m back to my original high. It’s most apparent when I get on my road bike, last summer I could not reach the drops on the top of the brakes. But this year I have not trouble with my reach. I was custom fitted for this bike and did not make any changes last year just left it to gather dust. (Today 15 miles.)
ProDisc L5-S1 W/Dr Delamarter Aug 23, 2005
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Old 06-19-2006, 07:37 PM
annapurna annapurna is offline
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Laura grew visibly with her lumbar ADR, finally allowing me to win an argument that had gone on for a few years about how tall she was. I remembered her pre-DDD height and she had measured her severely degenerated height and accused me of making up my number.
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Old 06-19-2006, 11:43 PM
cathydownunder cathydownunder is offline
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When my surgeon measured me a few weeks ago I was 5"3. I used to be 5"4. He says I should be back to my original height after surgery in 2 weeks. This would be great if my hubby wasn't a shorty! Oh well, never mind, at least the kids take after my side of the family.
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Old 06-20-2006, 06:35 PM
Texas-T Texas-T is offline
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I grew almost a full inch. When I was younger and my back was in good shape, I was taller then my sister. After I had my car accident I was shorter, now I'm taller then her again which really pisses her off.

The height change depends on how bad your disc's are, mine was pretty bad, which is why I regained so much of my height. The first week after surgery it was strange kissing my boyfriend while standing b/c he was so used to leaning down a certain amount. lol :0) It's a fun suprise of the surgery!
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Old 06-21-2006, 11:30 AM
livjoyful livjoyful is offline
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I had the same thing. My surgeon said would really notice it because there was no disc left. I measured myself on the wall b4 my surgery, and after. The kids thought it was hilarious. I grew a whole inch. I needed a few more to catch up to my boys, one is 6'5" and the other is 6'3". lol
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Old 06-22-2006, 09:55 AM
Rosie Rosie is offline
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I have regained a full inch. Going through alterations on my pants...
Good thing my back is completely straight. Good posture.
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