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Surgery and return to sports

edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Yeah I'm going to get it at the end of this post :) I thought I posted 2 yrs ago after my acdf, but I had to make a new account...

So here's me in a quick nutshell. I'm a 39 yr old mom who works full time (ER unit clerk) C5/6 ACDF in 08 b/c of cord compression from ??..just had my arms fall asleep all the time. I play soccer, competitive ice hockey (no checking) and various other forms of recreation. Went back to playing hockey 12 wks after fusion with neurosurgeon ok. Things were going well until about 8 mths ago when I kept getting stingers down my left arm. relentlessly. After all was said and done and three fingers on left hand stay numb- I have pinched nerve at C 6/7. Went to physical therapy, did home traction, take many meds. Had nerve block that only gave relief for 3 wks. Headed for foraminectomy/laminectomy in 3 wks. This is a new neurosurgeon as I know work in a health system and need to use the system docs. I trust him 110%.

Just don't know if I need to give up my soccer/hockey. Soccer would be easy to give up, but I LOVE hockey. i'm down to one night a week and have dropped to a lower more recreational division.....

What do you think? No, I have not told my dr what sports, just said I played competitive impact possible sports....


  • I personally think you should be up front with all the facts so that the Dr can do his job 110%. What if the Dr only told you partial of what to expect from the surgery and the recovery and how upset you might be expecting something else entirely? What you don't say could impact your recovery immensly. Just my opinion.
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