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I had spinal fusion and am now stuck at home, which is not an option because I have doctor's appointments every other week two hours from my home. My husband and I both have compact cars and I cannot fit into either one of them. I have tried other people's cars and have not had any luck unless it's a minivan or small SUV. I am wondering what type of vehicles people who have had spinal fusion drive. Thank you.


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    When I had my surgeries, my husband drove me in our van......we put a black contractors garbage bag on the seat so that I could slide in and out easier.....but others have driven mid sized cars and even compacts, but it really depends on how low they are .
  • I have a minivan. Surgery was 6 weeks ago and driving is still very painful. I'm sorry, I guess it just takes time.
  • Each week after surgery I noticed the pain did get better while being driven to follow up appointments with urologist and spine surgeon. Eight weeks out and I still can't go for long rides (hours) without having some type of pain. Being a passenger is far better than a driver because you can adjust your sitting position as often as necessary; as a driver, not so much. We have two very different cars, a Volvo SUV and a Mini Cooper. I have ridden and driven both. I prefer the SUV. The seats are lovely. The Mini takes the bumps really hard, so my back protests more in that car, plus it does not have lumbar support. I have to fold up a scarf and put it behind my back.

    Going out and buying a new car is usually not in most peoples budgets, so I would suggest maybe using a folded blanket under your bum if your seats are not cushioned enough, or like I have to do in my Mini a folded up scarf or towel to put in your lumbar area to help soothe your back during the ride. Also enter the car bum first with face facing the door then swing your legs in as you turn your bum so you face forward. Kind of like that log roll you have to do to get into bed. I hope some of this helps.

    Good luck! I hope you can figure out something.
    Julie K
    L4/L5 fusion TLIF for spondylolisthesis on 5/12/14
  • I bought it a few weeks before my surgery. The leather seats allow me to slide easily and both front seats have 8 way electric lumbar support. Mine is usually in a reclining position.
    Artificial disc at L5S1 for 10 years. Had 3 Level lumbar fusion and Laminectomy on Sept 27, 2013. It was an OLIF (Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion) with cages, BMP, rods & screws. Norco, Plaquenil
  • LC84LLC84 Posts: 599
    edited 07/08/2014 - 1:58 AM
    Can you fit in the back seat?
    Progressive DDD
    Chronic S1 Radiculopathy
    Discectomy L5-S1 2002
    Discectomy, Laminotomy/Foraminotomy L3-S1 January 2014
    Bilateral SI Joint Fusion and 2 level spinal Fusion October 2014
  • Thanks for your comments. I have tried the garbage bag trick as well. I am going to try the back seat of a few cars in which I didn't fit in the front. I was thinking I wasn't allowed to sit in back seat and then realized that's only if it's a two-door vehicle.
  • I own several Volvo cars and the XC70 is the best height for access. The seats are very comfortable and thankfully so because I drive about 60,000 each year. Whether its my 98, 03, 06, or, 2012 model, they all feel very good on long drives. The 64 1800 is a different beast!
    I also own a 2012 Dodge Ram and the seats cause pain after a couple hours. It's amazing how quickly it shows up.
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