Riding after spine fusion?

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9/8/2017 5:22 AM

Hey guys, I fractured and compressed my L2 vertabrae 30% about 6 weeks ago. I had a spine fusion surgery done, in which L1 through L3 are fused and now limit my range of motion slightly.
My question is, has anyone had a similar surgery and was able to ride again? Photo

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9/8/2017 5:30 AM

Yes. I had the exact same surgery and was riding within 6 months.

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9/8/2017 5:34 AM

motoxxx599 wrote:

Yes. I had the exact same surgery and was riding within 6 months.

Really? Wow that is a relief to hear.. how's your pain doing?

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9/8/2017 6:07 AM

Trey Camard, Cary Hart, Jimmy Albertson and prolly more guys than I can think of...be careful but enjoy and live life..good luck bud.

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9/8/2017 8:06 AM

Did L-3 through Thoracic-12, came up short on a double and snapped my spine, had to get the hardware and fusion from your hip right? Took about a year to get back to work another year to ride, depends on how bad you broke it.

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9/8/2017 8:17 AM

Wonder why the surgeon put the screw through the mid section break rather then put the two upper screws then the two lower screws then a cross-member between the two mid section? looks like that could heal together since it's in the middle of the Vertebral body.

Your break looks a lot less than mine was so i'm thinking less time to heal...Good luck buddy and most of all don't get hooked on those damn pain meds, it'll ruin your life.

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9/8/2017 8:22 AM

I fractured my T4, T5 and T6 and had them fused together. After 4 months I was probably 80% recovered and after 6 months 100%. Granted I was in really good shape at the time so that helped out the recovery process big time. I still ride and don't have any issues.

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9/8/2017 8:27 AM

Thanks guys, it's really a relief to hear this. I was also pretty confused as to why he put that small screw right down the middle.. I have a follow up with the surgeon at the end of the month, so I should be able to get some more info since my heads a lot clearer now then it was in the hospital when it was all happening.
I'm happy to say I haven't had any serious pain meds since a few days after surgery, just a couple Tylenol or Advil a day.

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9/8/2017 8:34 AM

shaunbruce827 wrote:

Thanks guys, it's really a relief to hear this. I was also pretty confused as to why he put that small screw right down the middle.. I have a follow up with the surgeon at the end of the month, so I should be able to get some more info since my heads a lot clearer now then it was in the hospital when it was all happening.
I'm happy to say I haven't had any serious pain meds since a few days after surgery, just a couple Tylenol or Advil a day.

That's good news bud, so glad you didn't have any other significant issues, especially with the pain meds. I have an artificial disc at my L5/S1 and it's been extremely successful. The pain pills were much harder on me than any surgery I could have had. Best of luck my friend and be careful as you start to ride and gain your confidence back.

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9/8/2017 9:00 AM

Bramlett321 wrote:

That's good news bud, so glad you didn't have any other significant issues, especially with the pain meds. I have an artificial disc at my L5/S1 and it's been extremely successful. The pain pills were much harder on me than any surgery I could have had. Best of luck my friend and be careful as you start to ride and gain your confidence back.

What brand of disk did they use at L5/S1 ?

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9/8/2017 9:37 AM

shaunbruce827 wrote:

Thanks guys, it's really a relief to hear this. I was also pretty confused as to why he put that small screw right down the middle.. I have a follow up with the surgeon at the end of the month, so I should be able to get some more info since my heads a lot clearer now then it was in the hospital when it was all happening.
I'm happy to say I haven't had any serious pain meds since a few days after surgery, just a couple Tylenol or Advil a day.

Bramlett321 wrote:

That's good news bud, so glad you didn't have any other significant issues, especially with the pain meds. I have an artificial disc at my L5/S1 and it's been extremely successful. The pain pills were much harder on me than any surgery I could have had. Best of luck my friend and be careful as you start to ride and gain your confidence back.

JAFO92 wrote:

What brand of disk did they use at L5/S1 ?

Pro-Disc, there are newer versions which I believe are better than this now if I'm not mistaken.

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9/8/2017 10:57 AM

Bramlett321 wrote:

Pro-Disc, there are newer versions which I believe are better than this now if I'm not mistaken.

Gotcha. My wife's L5/S1 is bad so looking into all the various choices. Thanks!

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9/8/2017 11:59 AM

Lets push for safer tracks to reduce stuff like this. Hope you'll be able to ride sometime in the future.

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9/22/2017 7:13 PM

How did the "end of month" DR visit go?
Hoping your situation is going well?

Why did the Doc put the screw through the break or is that a bad image angle?

I know, a lot of questions but you'll have that with a dude that's been thru 28 broken bones (including Back as described above) and 4 surgeries

Hope all is well Buddy

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9/22/2017 9:46 PM

I have my c5 thro c7 fused. Basically my doctor said don't ride but do what you want. The reason is now I have less movement in my spine and if I crash and land on it a certain I can be paralized again ( the fusion was from a mountain bike crash where I was paralyzed from the neck down for about 10 minutes after the crash). I do still have tingling from my elbows down that will never go away.

I would assume the same goes for you. Your risk increased serious injury has increased and you just have to decide what more important. Riding and having fun with a greater risk for serious injury or sitting at home watching TV. I chose riding and I also do crossfit 3 days a week to hopefully strengthen my body to support it in the event of a crash..

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