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Spinal Fusion after accident?

catharamaccatharama Posts: 6
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:56 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I was just wondering how many people here had spinal fusion after an accident, rather than as treatment for ongoing back problems?

I had my spinal fusion after a motorbike accident a year and a half ago.

I should think recovery time and other things may be different if the fusion was not as a result of back pain.

I was lucky to have had a good back up until the accident, so maybe it takes a lot more to get used to not being able to do as much as before.

I also had multiple injuries in other places other than my back, so my life has been affected dramatically. I was wondering if others were in similar situations?


  • Wow, none huh! I thought there may only be a few!

    Maybe I'm in the wrong forum!
  • Hey man,
    I broke mine in a snowboarding accident when I was only 22. I was really into surfing and snowboarding back then. Just coming up to 6 weeks post surgery now. I didn't have my surgery at the time of the accident as the hospitals were too full!!!!!! But I trucked on for a few years then I just couldn't Handel it any more.
  • Ah, sorry to hear about your accident.

    How are you getting on not able to do your sports? I was a scuba diving instructor, and am now not able to dive at all, as i also punctured both my lungs. That's the hard thing for me really.

    How long ago was your accident? Seems crazy that they didn't do the op at the time if you needed it! My L2 was pretty much destroyed, so they needed to fuse mine and take most of L2 out.
  • My accident was middle of June 2007 believe it or not. I just got used to dealing with the pain untill I couldn't handle it anymore, which was due to arthritis developing between t11&t12. In New Zealand we have a public health insurance scheme if you have an accident. It's a real pain as they hate paying out for anything. To be honest I stopped boarding 2 years ago due to the pain and have been fairly inactive since. Except for some swimming and free diving. (used to scuba too but I couldn't handle the weight belt and tank)
    That totally blows that you nailed your lungs too. There are a bunch of people on this forum that are back diving having had surgery so I've got my fingers crossed I can get back into it.
    People always ask me why I'm the one that always gets hurt and I always reply with because I'm the one having the most fun. But I'm also the only one with metal implants haha.
    Will you ever be alowed back into the water? My wife and I are planning to do our advanced diver tickets once I'm allowed back in. However I have really enjoyed free diving so I may not go back to as much scuba.
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