After nearly 2 1/2 years since my PLIF on L5/S1, I finally found out how well my fusion could hold up to blunt trauma. I was with friends this weekend at a local recreation area and we were riding ATV's. I was on one doing donuts and wasn't leaning out far enough and flipped the quad. I landed in a nice fluffy pile of sand. I thought, "wow that was close. I'm glad I didn't hurt my back". I got up laughing and went on my way.
A couple of hours later, I was riding a different, larger quad and really screaming in an open section of creek bed. I was going a little too fast as I exited off of the creek bed and onto a trail. That trail was pretty rough and I ended up flipping the quad going about 25 mph. I landed on my left hip (right where I had surgery) and then the quad flipped on top of me, nearly crushing my chest. I was able to pust the quad off of me and shuffle out from underneath it. My back was killing me, and all I could think was that I screwed up my back again and am going to have to go through that whole process again.
I stood up, gathered myself, and found that I was OK. I was hurt, but not injured. I flipped the quad back over onto it's wheels and just sat there for a couple of minutes. I did snap the left brake lever clean off though.
All in all, I am real surprised at how well my fusion held up under a nasty crash. I thought for sure that an accident like that would have destroyed my surgically repaired back, but I guess the bone fusion, screws and rods held everything in place. I am REAL sore, but no permanent damamge.
I just thought I would share this with everyone since most people here have had the same surgery. I don't recommend testing the structural soundness of your surgery, but it is nice to know that it is solid. I'll take one for the team on this.