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Title: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on August 15, 2020, 04:06:54 AM
Hi everyone, so i had a consultation with dr Lee couple days ago and will go under surgery on the 18. Wish me luck everyone. I will try to keep my diary updated as a payback for the help of this forum on my journey.
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Sunshine on August 15, 2020, 06:34:52 AM
Good luck Cpl2012!
I wish you the best a safe journey and surgery! Hope you also have the time to enjoy Korea there too😊
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: ghkid2019 on August 15, 2020, 07:42:37 AM
He released stryde this month. Hopefully you're doing that. Hopefully.
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: marathonrunner on August 15, 2020, 09:16:08 AM
If anyone has the pricing for stryde in Korean / English / Japanese / Chinese, (it should all be different) from Lee. Do share please.
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on August 15, 2020, 11:57:24 AM
Good luck Cpl2012!
I wish you the best a safe journey and surgery! Hope you also have the time to enjoy Korea there too😊
Thanks bro :)
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on August 15, 2020, 11:58:38 AM
He released stryde this month. Hopefully you're doing that. Hopefully.
i am not. I am doing 2 surgery, so gonna be LON tibia to save more more for the second surgery. Maybe Stryde next year
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: shep on August 15, 2020, 03:51:51 PM
good luck bro! Wishing you all the best and giving my support on your journey ~
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: carpetendro on August 15, 2020, 10:53:21 PM
How tall are you and how much are you lengthening?

Good luck with the surgery! Keep us up to date.
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: ghkid2019 on August 15, 2020, 11:00:46 PM
i am not. I am doing 2 surgery, so gonna be LON tibia to save more more for the second surgery. Maybe Stryde next year

How much are you paying for LON in USD? including hotel and stuff
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on August 19, 2020, 12:28:40 AM
How much are you paying for LON in USD? including hotel and stuff
i don’t exactly in usd cause i paid in korean won. It is 43.5 mil. I am not paying for package.
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: ghkid2019 on August 19, 2020, 12:30:52 AM
Good luck with your surgery today
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on August 19, 2020, 12:31:21 AM
Today is my second day post op. First couple hour , the pain is like 5/10. After they inject pain killer in IV, the pain going down like 2/10. The second day the pain pretty much 2/10.
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on August 19, 2020, 12:32:04 AM
Good luck with your surgery today
thanks
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on August 19, 2020, 12:37:03 AM
How tall are you and how much are you lengthening?

Good luck with the surgery! Keep us up to date.
im 168cm. My goal is 6cm on tibia. And 4 on femur
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Arcon on August 19, 2020, 09:59:55 AM
im 168cm. My goal is 6cm on tibia. And 4 on femur

Maybe you should do the opposite, 6cm in the femur and 4cm in the tibia. The less the better imo when it comes to tibia. Very best of luck anyway.
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on August 21, 2020, 02:30:16 AM
Maybe you should do the opposite, 6cm in the femur and 4cm in the tibia. The less the better imo when it comes to tibia. Very best of luck anyway.
actually from experience of my roomate. He said it is harder to do pt when you go longer on femur. Because of thick muscles around the thigh. And my physical therapist said that alot of his patience achieved more than their goal on tibia, like from 5 to 6 or even more. Finger crossed! Hope that is the case for me.
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on August 21, 2020, 02:40:32 AM
Today 08/21 is my fourth day. I have been having mood swings. I have been having fever on and off also. So i think mental support is very important and keep thinking positive. Everyday past you are getting better. Dr Lee whole team is amazing such nurses, caretaker, especially Hailey. If you are an international patient, you most like work with her. She has been helping me a lot.
Onething to take note, most of the nurses don’t speak english or very little. Hailey will help you but make sure you can basically communicate with them through translation app.  :)[/img]
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on August 21, 2020, 02:53:47 AM
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Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: carpetendro on August 21, 2020, 11:59:16 PM
Can you post pictures of the room and bathroom?
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on August 22, 2020, 10:27:43 AM
Did my first pt session.
First xray
Everything is fine.
The physical therapist said my flexibility is above average which make me feel confident and move my legs bit more.
When i get back to my room i hah pain on my left knee really bad to the point that i dont feel my left leg anymore. So i asked for some pain medication. It does not work much. I keep change my leg position, eventually lucky me i found a position that does not hurt that bad and the pain calm down a bit.
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: uclqlic on August 25, 2020, 05:55:11 AM
Is it super hard to bath? How often do you bath?
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: ChefCurtis30 on August 26, 2020, 02:34:37 AM
I have some questions.
1. What visa did u get and how did u get it?
2. How did u pay for this (bank transfer for example)
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on August 26, 2020, 11:07:34 PM
Is it super hard to bath? How often do you bath?
i have been using bath towel.because my apartment bathroom
Is really tiny, i want to wait until i can start using walker. Also i bough the water proof cast cover to take shower.
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on August 26, 2020, 11:13:53 PM
I have some questions.
1. What visa did u get and how did u get it?
2. How did u pay for this (bank transfer for example)
1. I can stay 3 month without visa cause i am US citizens but the hospital will help me to apply my medical visa after that cause i need more 3 months.
2. I paid 90% with my debit and credit cards. ( call ur bank if they charge internal transaction fee)
    Cause my bank don’T do international wire transfer so i did use transferwise to send some. Exchange rate is a it higher but you have to pay fee. So there is no difference if you pay with credit card.
    Keep in mind that you need to call your bank to increase your spending limit otherwise it is hard to pay a large amount of money.
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on August 26, 2020, 11:25:14 PM
Can you post pictures of the room and bathroom?
i am not staying the hospital bro. Honestly it is not to bad to stay in  hospital there are con and pro especially if you stay in 4 person room.
Pro:
The 4 person room pretty big so will have enough space for yourself.
You have chance to make friends with other patients and learn from their experience
Bathroom is big ( My bathroom at my apartment is super tiny, so i always wait until i get to the hospital to take care my business)
The nurses will be there with you all the time
Con:
Pretty noisy especially when there are new patients, nurses come in very often.
Sliding door make a lot of noise
Hospital bed are really stiff.
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: ChefCurtis30 on August 28, 2020, 03:15:22 AM
How do you go back to ur apartment after PT? Does someone wheelchair u over to DALRI and back?
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on August 28, 2020, 05:12:14 AM
How do you go back to ur apartment after PT? Does someone wheelchair u over to DALRI and back?
yes i hire a caretaker. She wheelchair me to the hospital and back. She also cooks for me
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: more on August 28, 2020, 08:46:37 AM
yes i hire a caretaker. She wheelchair me to the hospital and back. She also cooks for me

Good
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: igalok on August 28, 2020, 02:37:06 PM
i am not staying the hospital bro. Honestly it is not to bad to stay in  hospital there are con and pro especially if you stay in 4 person room.
Pro:
The 4 person room pretty big so will have enough space for yourself.
You have chance to make friends with other patients and learn from their experience
Bathroom is big ( My bathroom at my apartment is super tiny, so i always wait until i get to the hospital to take care my business)
The nurses will be there with you all the time
Con:
Pretty noisy especially when there are new patients, nurses come in very often.
Sliding door make a lot of noise
Hospital bed are really stiff.
Hey Cpl2012, hope you are doing well.How really good the facilities in the 4 person rooms at the hospital? Do you have TV? Minibar? Safe box? Inside the room?
Do you know what type of pain killer they are using each time?
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on August 30, 2020, 04:25:59 AM
Hey Cpl2012, hope you are doing well.How really good the facilities in the 4 person rooms at the hospital? Do you have TV? Minibar? Safe box? Inside the room?
Do you know what type of pain killer they are using each time?
It is pretty spacious.not TV but you have a fridge, small drawer, and a safety box and some space for your belongings. I cam with 2 big luggages.
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: ghkid2019 on August 30, 2020, 04:30:52 AM
CPL are u Chinese? How.many Chinese and how many Koreans and how many Japanese. Who is your roommates. Japan?
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on September 02, 2020, 02:34:20 AM
CPL are u Chinese? How.many Chinese and how many Koreans and how many Japanese. Who is your roommates. Japan? Hi i am Vietnamese. There is only one chinese patient here. 2 chinese just left. Most of patients here are korean. Due to Covid not a lot of internal patients here.I stay in an apartment not in the hospital though.
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: more on September 02, 2020, 07:22:38 AM
American?
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: apples on September 03, 2020, 04:04:19 AM
Cpl, are you able to use a walker? If so, how difficult is it? I was under the impression that using a walker wouldn’t be too hard based on diaries like Jolien’s but now I’m getting different info.
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on September 05, 2020, 11:53:24 AM
CPL are u Chinese? How.many Chinese and how many Koreans and how many Japanese. Who is your roommates. Japan?
i am Vietnamese. I stay in an apartment close to the hospital. There is only one chinese patient now. Another chinese boy just left after finishing his lengthening. The rest are Korean. There are like around 20 patients right now. Dr Lee is pretty busy treating both cosmetics and medical patients.
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on September 05, 2020, 11:57:27 AM
I have been lengthening for 10 days now. Start practicing standing, blunging couple hours every day. I spend most of my day at the rehab center as my physical therapist recommends. There are around 20 patients at the rehabilitation center so it is kind of fun and everyone else keeps me motivated. The pain is much less now and with the pain killer, somedays i barely feel any pain.
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on September 05, 2020, 11:58:24 AM
American?
vietnamese american
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on September 05, 2020, 12:03:03 PM
Cpl, are you able to use a walker? If so, how difficult is it? I was under the impression that using a walker wouldn’t be too hard based on diaries like Jolien’s but now I’m getting different info.
I start practicing to use walker second week after surgery. I don’t use walker much though, but practicing standing a lot. I guess i will use walker more when i get stronger. I guess it depends on your weight. I saw a tiny girl with external fixator and her mobility is amazing. She got the surgery before me though.
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: brondo on September 05, 2020, 12:07:54 PM
Hi Cpl2012,

Congrats on going through with this procedure. I have some questions for you. How long do you plan on staying in Korea? Is the place you are staying at part of Donghoon Lee's facilities or is it like some airbnb thing you rented out? If so could you explain the process of them transferring you from hospital to where you are staying? How are you getting around those first weeks where you can't walk very far on your own?

Thanks
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on September 07, 2020, 01:58:41 PM
Hi Cpl2012,

Congrats on going through with this procedure. I have some questions for you. How long do you plan on staying in Korea? Is the place you are staying at part of Donghoon Lee's facilities or is it like some airbnb thing you rented out? If so could you explain the process of them transferring you from hospital to where you are staying? How are you getting around those first weeks where you can't walk very far on your own?

Thanks
I might stay more than 4 months. The apartment is not associated with the hospital. The owner has just been working with the hospital. The staffs ( Hailey and Mathew) were really nice l. They helped me to carry my luggages. The place is just 5 minutes from hospital. I hire a caretaker.my caretaker just wheelchair me back and for from my place to the hospital. If you stay in the hospital, it will be much more convenient. For me, cause of some personal reasons , I can’t stay in the hospital. If you stay outside, you have to pay for every dr visits( every 2 weeks) and medication after being discharged from the hospital.
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: brondo on September 07, 2020, 02:33:24 PM
I might stay more than 4 months. The apartment is not associated with the hospital. The owner has just been working with the hospital. The staffs ( Hailey and Mathew) were really nice l. They helped me to carry my luggages. The place is just 5 minutes from hospital. I hire a caretaker.my caretaker just wheelchair me back and for from my place to the hospital. If you stay in the hospital, it will be much more convenient. For me, cause of some personal reasons , I can’t stay in the hospital. If you stay outside, you have to pay for every dr visits( every 2 weeks) and medication after being discharged from the hospital.

Thanks for replying Cpl2012. Hope everything turns out well with your surgery!
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on September 09, 2020, 11:21:47 PM
Thanks for replying Cpl2012. Hope everything turns out well with your surgery!
thanks :)
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: wannabeidol on September 15, 2020, 04:04:42 AM
hey bud any updates?
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on September 15, 2020, 12:13:25 PM
hey bud any updates?
hey nothing new so far. Took my first xray after 2 weeks of lengthening. It is just 0.6cm. Dr said it will get faster and faster. So far the pain is on and off but manageable.
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: wannabeidol on September 15, 2020, 04:19:09 PM
what is your current rate of distraction?
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on September 18, 2020, 03:18:51 AM
what is your current rate of distraction?
around 2 cm per month. At the end of the lengthening will be faster around 3 cm a month.
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: more on September 18, 2020, 11:42:18 AM
around 2 cm per month. At the end of the lengthening will be faster around 3 cm a month.
don't do that , nerve pain  can occur and chances of non-union , better slow down lengthening rate in the end phase
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on September 19, 2020, 11:41:51 AM
don't do that , nerve pain  can occur and chances of non-union , better slow down lengthening rate in the end phase
thanks for your advice. 3 cm a month which mean 1mm a day. I don’t know exactly what speed i gonna do until then. It depends on what dr Lee’s recommendation. I am just saying based
On other patients’ experience.
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: more on September 19, 2020, 05:40:42 PM
thanks for your advice. 3 cm a month which mean 1mm a day. I don’t know exactly what speed i gonna do until then. It depends on what dr Lee’s recommendation. I am just saying based
On other patients’ experience.
A few things you need to know
First just after surgery your dr. will come to see your dorsi flexion ( next day ) to check nerve damage .
most of the drs in the world allow lengthening 5 to 10 days after surgery and then x-ray 9 to 10 days after lengthening to see is lengthening happening or not if lengthening happening then they will see your callus if callus is good your dr would suggest you to do fast lengthening because there is a fear premature consolidation if callus is normal , he will advise 1 mm per day.
3 to 4 week another x-ray time , if all fine like callus is average and you don't have any numbness ,he will say keep doing 1 mm per day, if you have numbness, he advise you slow down lengthening rate and will prescribed you pregabantin or other nerve pain medicine,,
then 3 to 4 week another x-ray time , at this time you should be around 6 cms , this is the most serious time , you may have numbness , low callus , stiff muscles ,so many things , and for good results better to do 1 mm per day or even .75 or less per day ,if callus is good and you don't have nerve pain , you can keep doing 1 mm per day ,
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on September 20, 2020, 12:09:50 AM
A few things you need to know
First just after surgery your dr. will come to see your dorsi flexion ( next day ) to check nerve damage .
most of the drs in the world allow lengthening 5 to 10 days after surgery and then x-ray 9 to 10 days after lengthening to see is lengthening happening or not if lengthening happening then they will see your callus if callus is good your dr would suggest you to do fast lengthening because there is a fear premature consolidation if callus is normal , he will advise 1 mm per day.
3 to 4 week another x-ray time , if all fine like callus is average and you don't have any numbness ,he will say keep doing 1 mm per day, if you have numbness, he advise you slow down lengthening rate and will prescribed you pregabantin or other nerve pain medicine,,
then 3 to 4 week another x-ray time , at this time you should be around 6 cms , this is the most serious time , you may have numbness , low callus , stiff muscles ,so many things , and for good results better to do 1 mm per day or even .75 or less per day ,if callus is good and you don't have nerve pain , you can keep doing 1 mm per day ,
Yes, i got my xray taken every 2 weeks so dr Lee can supervise my lengthening process. If anything happens during that 2 week period, i can always inform him through his staff.
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: more on September 21, 2020, 08:07:42 AM
Can you upload Your xray?
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on September 28, 2020, 01:01:02 PM
Can you upload Your xray?
sorry no xray but here is picture of mine at the rehab center
[![EF92299E-105C-4DB1-B46C-7660FBED81AA.jpeg](https://s8d4.turboimg.net/sp/e1d52d378ef06028899e27fa84b9b886/EF92299E-105C-4DB1-B46C-7660FBED81AA.jpeg)](https://www.turboimagehost.com/p/60378135/EF92299E-105C-4DB1-B46C-7660FBED81AA.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: ghkid2019 on September 28, 2020, 03:02:21 PM
sorry no xray but here is picture of mine at the rehab center
[![EF92299E-105C-4DB1-B46C-7660FBED81AA.jpeg](https://s8d4.turboimg.net/sp/e1d52d378ef06028899e27fa84b9b886/EF92299E-105C-4DB1-B46C-7660FBED81AA.jpeg)](https://www.turboimagehost.com/p/60378135/EF92299E-105C-4DB1-B46C-7660FBED81AA.jpeg.html)

Hamstring stretch gang lmfao
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: more on September 28, 2020, 05:16:52 PM
sorry no xray but here is picture of mine at the rehab center
[![EF92299E-105C-4DB1-B46C-7660FBED81AA.jpeg](https://s8d4.turboimg.net/sp/e1d52d378ef06028899e27fa84b9b886/EF92299E-105C-4DB1-B46C-7660FBED81AA.jpeg)](https://www.turboimagehost.com/p/60378135/EF92299E-105C-4DB1-B46C-7660FBED81AA.jpeg.html)

Your left leg does not look straight. bone  misalignment possibilities
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on September 29, 2020, 12:00:59 PM
Hamstring stretch gang lmfao
yeah we have fun while stretching. I laughed when I first saw gang on wheelchair lol.
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on September 29, 2020, 12:02:47 PM
Your left leg does not look straight. bone  misalignment possibilities
Thanks for your concern. I showed the picture to my physical therapist and he said my legs are fine, i just need to strech my left knee more. Dr did not say anything about it so far
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: carpetendro on September 29, 2020, 04:05:25 PM
Thanks for your concern. I showed the picture to my physical therapist and he said my legs are fine, i just need to strech my left knee more. Dr did not say anything about it so far

Yeah the left leg looks more curved than the right. Maybe you had a pre-existing deformity before the surgery. By the way, how much did you have to pay for the first 2 week check up?
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: ghkid2019 on September 29, 2020, 04:13:31 PM
yeah we have fun while stretching. I laughed when I first saw gang on wheelchair lol.

☺️☺️😁😁 glad y'all have sum fun even when doing exercisess
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: chasingthedream on September 29, 2020, 07:16:28 PM
Hey there buddy!

Dr.lee is absolutely a great choice. He know his craft. I'm sure you'll turn out all right and move on with you life. Keep those lengthening going!
A question if you don't mind answering: How much did you pay for the operation it self?

Have a good day/night
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Gman23 on October 09, 2020, 10:56:25 PM
Dr Lee sounds like a decent Dr. Could you possibly send me the link of his new price lists for the sugery thank you. Also how much have you lengthened so far? Stay strong !!!
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on October 13, 2020, 02:25:14 PM
Hey there buddy!

Dr.lee is absolutely a great choice. He know his craft. I'm sure you'll turn out all right and move on with you life. Keep those lengthening going!
A question if you don't mind answering: How much did you pay for the operation it self?

Have a good day/night
Yeah i am glad i choose him. A lot of local trust him. As i know he is not the only dr perform this surgery in korea, but korean patients told me they choose him over other dr in korea because of his good reputation. I haven’t met any patient who have any complication. I paid 43.5 million krw for the surgery alone.
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on October 13, 2020, 02:26:45 PM
Dr Lee sounds like a decent Dr. Could you possibly send me the link of his new price lists for the sugery thank you. Also how much have you lengthened so far? Stay strong !!!
hey bro sorry i don’t have the new price list. But as i know, price still the same, and stryde is 10 mil krw more.
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: daryn1120 on November 03, 2020, 03:09:15 AM
Hi Cpl2012,
Hope you are doing well. I wonder how much it cost you for accommodation outside?
Title: Re: LON with dr Lee in mid August
Post by: Cpl2012 on November 18, 2020, 12:01:51 PM
Hi Cpl2012,
Hope you are doing well. I wonder how much it cost you for accommodation outside?
I pay around 1100$ for a studio close to the hospital. Everything included.