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How to prevent that next surgery

dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,347
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Maintenance
Many Spine-Health members have had more than one surgery. In some cases it was a matter of a failed surgery, failed fusion or some other mishap.
But for many patients, you have to look to see WHY that patient needed to have additional surgeries.
Some may have been self induced By not adhering to the restrictions and limitations that they were suppose to follow.
Others may have need additional surgeries do to trauma, and yet there are those that needed surgery because of some genetic or environmental situation.

We can't predicate traumas, we may have difficult times avoiding genetic situations, but I believe that it is every spinal patients hands to ensure the right things are done daily to avoid that next surgery.

It will be interesting to hear how different members approach this.
Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com


  • Ron,

    My method of avoiding any unnecessary surgery is a combination of things.


    I have to make sure and eat the right kinds of food and avoid putting on weight that would stress my damaged body.

    Stretching and strengthening.

    I have to make sure and take care of my core muscles by stretching them every day and working to strengthen them on a good weekly schedule.

    Body mechanics.

    Bending, lifting, twisting... everything has to be watched and done properly. Sitting in chairs, I find I have to work at sitting properly.

    Due to having the SCS implanted, I have had to modify many stretches and exercises. My core has suffered greatly from the 8 week restriction of no bending, lifting and twisting. However, these days I am doing much better.

  • Not much for excersizing but "body mechanics" as C put it, I bend down (w/the knees) instead of over (at the waist). Sitting is an ordeal in itself. Has to be the right chair. No heavy lifting anymore.
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,347
    Is my weekly visits to the therapeutic pool. Twice a week I stay about 2 hours in the pool doing various exercises.
    Walking, I love to walk and try to until the weather sort of prevents me from doing that.

    Exercise equipment We have a bunch, they look nice, a bit dusty, I am just not an exercise equipment person. But when I do use our elliptical machine, I love it. But I always find so many reasons not to get on it.

    Diet I know its very important. Having additional weight will put stress on our spine. So, I try the best I can to eat healthier foods. Still looking for that guilt free,diet free Pasta dish with Olive Oil, olives and more!

    I think I did find sort of an answer. One of my Physical Therapists told me months ago.. The key is MODERATION
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Hiya Ron,
    I hope i never have to have any surgery on my back never ever again :''( . I know i will have to sooner or later :''( . When i have what i call good days :) , i take chances. I will clean my house but move furniture around or garden [( , or shop until i drop(thats a girl thing, we call it theropy) 8} . Then the next day i suffer for about 2 weeks :''( . So now i have been told to pace myself :( , say if i go shopping i am to rest before i go :? . As for moving furniture thats a no no :T , get someone else to do it for me(which is difficult because i am so independant). When somthing like this happens to your back its hard to ajust :< , its like trying to teach an old dog new tricks :SS (sorry for the expression) :B . This is my input on the discussion :) . Your known Admirer :*
  • I will also say moderation.
    Vitamans which ok I have to start a.s.a.p :T
    Make sure there is movement in the legs/arms even if bed bound for awhile :S
    No heavy lifting [(
    Better xxx postions 8> image:)" alt=">:)" height="20" /> =))
    Not leaning over in a chair anymore , only sitting straight up O:)
    Not going out a whole day anymore without rest in between example: THE CASINO ;) (8) That's what hotel rooms are for I) I) I) I)
    Great diet :D
    Family members being supportive :X
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  • I believe that core strength & mobility are the key. Everybody's limits are different but learning to work within your limitations and listen to your body.
    Lose that excess weight that your spine has to carry, eat healthly!
    Exercise within your boundaries, walk, swim, cycle nice low impact activities.
    Focus on correct body posture and avoid things that are going to place unnecessary stress on your spine.
    Stop a smell the flowers everyday, because when you look around there's always somebody worse off than you! :)))
    John R
  • Being type A, I insisted on returning to work in my ICU job following a spinal fusion in 1991. I was in great shape before surgery but the job does involve lifting. I was stubborn and loved my work...same thing after a car wreck in 1999 wrecked my neck and I needed titanium rods, plates and screws. Went back to ICU then too. :)

    But the body gave out last year cuz it was exhausted I guess. Chronic pain does that to a person. I have arthritis around my surgery sites and some spurring.

    My surgeries were due to injuries outside my control so if I take good care of myself I hope to avoid further surgeries. No longer working. Gotta pace myself with housework, exercise, etc.

    Hugs to all here.
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