I apologise for the misunderstanding - I know that some of you thought that the various rods and screws holding my spine in place until the vertebrae are fused would form an outward brace or "scaffolding."
What has actually happened is this - the rib which was removed has been used as a bone graft fusing vertebrae T4 - L3 (not as originally planned T2 - woo hoo!). Whilst this fusion takes place - over the next 6 months - the rods and screws hold everything in place - but inside my body! The brace is also a pleasant surprise being much lighter than expected.
It is very unlikely that the scaffolding will be removed - that would involve another lengthy operation and anaesthetic. Obviously I asked how much the rods and screws weigh so that I can make allowances when stepping on the scales (!) but I was told not to worry - the extra inches make up for that!
So for the foreseeable future this is me - what fantastic posture huh?!
More to follow xx