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Traveling after 360 Fusion

edited 06/11/2012 - 8:56 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am having a 2 level 360 fusion on Sept 21st. I am wondering as to what peoples opionions would be if I wanna travel from Massachusetts to Virginia(about 12.5 hours).

I would be 9 weeks post and traveling to my Uncles in virginia for thanksgiving..... Think it could be done?

I know everyone is different but based off of people experiences.



  • to know how you are going to feel 2 months postop, but if I had to bet on it, I would say that it is going to be difficult.

    First off, you would need your surgeons approval. If he is agreeable then there are some things you will have to do to make it that far.

    If you could lie down in the back seat occasionally that would help, as well as frequent stops to get out and walk around. Padding your seat with small pillows are devices that help your posture could help.

    I could not have accomplished that drive, and probably still would not do it almost 2 years out.

    Good luck to you!

  • Do you have a motorhome?

    I would consider doing it if I had a comfortable motorhome or conversion van so you could lay down and unload your spine. Also you are likley going to still be on heavy pain meds (so you will probably want to be the passenger not the driver).

    Or could you break up the trip and stop at a hotel on the way down & back?

    Some things to consider.

    Good luck,

  • Yeah I didn't plan on making the trip. Especially since I would not be able to stop as often as I should and I would not be able to lay down.

    I am wondering if I would be able to even make it to church on Christmas.
  • One of the biggest mistakes people make after surgery is not following the "rules". The restrictions are obviously there for a reason, and it is something that we can control.

    You are wise to know your limitations. Doing so now may allow you to have a more active lifestyle later.

  • If I was a betting girl, I'd bet no.
    Sorry, but I was on the fence traveling 2-hours after a microdiscectomy b/c being in the car jostles you SO much. And, sitting for long period is not good that soon after back surgery.

    A 360 means they will be messing with your abdominal muscles too...I suspect you will might just be starting physical therapy at that point IF all heals quickly.

    Make alternate plans. If by some chance, you are the % that does extremely well, bonus.
  • Last year I had a one level 360 lumbar fusion.

    At about 9 weeks post op, I traveled 4 hours for my neice's graduation. My nephew, her brother, had just died and my family just wanted to surround her with love.

    It was not easy. After lumbar surgery, most surgeons really limit the amount of time you can sit. Mine was ok with about 10-15 minutes 3 times a day to eat meals.

    So, I tilted my seat all the way back and laid on my side. At the 2 hour mark, we stopped to walk for while. It wasn't easy to get back in the car.

    After the graduation party, we traveled another 3 hours to a different town.

    It was difficult!

    Wishing you the very best and we will be here to support and encourage you as you make your way along this spinal journey!

    Take care~Shari
  • Hi and Welcome,

    I have had a 360 lumbar fusion (and 2 other fusions) so I have incisions on my tummy and back. The 2nd and 3rd time they used the same incisions.

    Going thru the front screws up your abdominals and intestines.

    I had a hard time sitting after each fusion. My most recent one was the end of march and am still recovering. I still have a hard time sitting but walking really helps. I try not to sit for long periods of time.

    Good luck with your surgery and let us know how your recovery goes.

    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
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