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While I don't have a back fusion I do have two neck fusions.I have a fusion from C4 to C7 posterior with a strut and cage in front after a fall that also caused a spinal cord injury in 2003. In 2012 I had a second fusion from C4-C7 this time posterior with rods and screws on both sides of vertebrae. I just started skiing this past season again after a 14 yr. hiatus. ( Im 45 yrs old btw). I absolutely love being back on the slopes! My neck gets a little soar but all and all it's not too bad. I have neurological pain that far outweighs anything else from the spinal cord injury and I cant get too cold but the pay off of being back on the slopes is completely worth it. Just take it slow the first time and see how you feel. Your first crash is probably going to let you know you've been fused Take lots of Ibuprofen...
I'm not sure slow is in Bob's vocabulary and He doesn't crash! Duck while weaving through the trees maybe! (don't follow him too close!) (heh heh)
Now where's that "Duck and cover" smiley?
Thought I'd check in one more time. I'm now at 5.5 months post surgery. Things are going extremely well. I've been hiking a ton, spending lots of time in the gym, and fishing (I almost exclusively wade-fish in big rivers with slippery rocks and fairly strong current) more than I have in, well, my whole life. My doc has said my recent x-rays look "ideal" and I'm ready for winter!
We have 15" of snow forecast in the higher elevations of the Tetons over the next three days. Here's a web cam photo of Teton Pass right now:
If that materializes, I'm going skinning up on the Pass in a few days so I can try out my new - and improved - back.
Bob, I had no doubt you'd recover well. Stay strong and stay inspired.