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By rhyang
From San Jose, CA
May 11, 2013
21-August-2012: Me just before heading up the Twilight Pillar (III, 5.8+)

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By Testarosa
From the OC
May 12, 2013

My wife had surgery years ago. For her it took longer to regain the confidence that nothing was wrong with her. I think she waited about a year before getting back on her bike and ridding with me again. Maybe another year before the confidence really came back. Now I would say she is 110% and rides and climbs as hard as anyone. She will tell anyone it was the best thing she ever had done. But I remember her crawling on her hands and knees to the bathroom cuz it hurt to much to walk or get up.


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By JSH
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May 13, 2013
JSH @ home <br /> <br />photo courtesy of Gabe Ostriker

I am fused T12-L2 subsequent to being stupid / rapping off the end of my rope almost exactly 2 years ago.

I also broke my calcaneus at the same time, which delayed the recovery for my back -- as you know, the best PT for the back is lots of walking, and I couldn't do that well for about a year. I had several followup surgeries to remove hardware from my foot (it refused to work until it was clear), and clean up my knee. So I was a bit developmentally delayed as far as back recovery goes.

CT scans will tell you when and how well it's fused. For me, the worst part was rebuilding the core muscles around the incision, which was about 14" long, transverse abdominal. Those have just taken a long damn time to feel stable and strong, and are still building.

First time I got back out on a bike was probably 5 or 6 months. I was just so scared of falling -- not an option, you know? I think I got back to the rock gym somewhere around the same time.

I think there are relatively few of us who are fused, *and* still gettin' back out there. So it's all anecdotes.

Take your calcium, and also vitamin D, which is necessary for calcium absorption (you may be getting less sunlight than usual).

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By chuck claude
From Flagstaff, Az
May 20, 2013
First climb after knee surgery <br />

Rhyang, sort of interested in your cervical experience. i recently had broke c4,c5, c6 (minor) and c7 in a mountain biking accident. The surgeon 4 days ago did an anterior cervical plating. When we talked about recovery he told me give him 3 mos of being good ( his practice knows me sincehis business partner did my broken leg and I' be found out bouldering) but said if I was good I'd basically be released for activities at 3 mos, and I explicitly asked about lead climbing by the fall.

I'm trying to find a good forum or resource that have doctors and PT's who have experience with both climbing and cervical fractures. I am attempting to be prudent with this injury, atho4 days after surgery I am. Walking the dog 4 miles.....


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By joel douglas
From Denver CO
May 20, 2013

I am 9 weeks post op after L2-T10 fusion. I had a 35' ground fall to my butt with an unstable fracture of T12 and no other injuries. For 8.5 weeks I was sedentary but doing easy walks 1-11 miles. Prior to the injury I ran 90+ miles a week of mountainous trails.

I had a follow up with the surgeon a few days ago and he has already cleared me to walk briskly, elliptical and ride my bike. He expects to clear me of all restrictions by August.

The rate of healing may depend on what kind of shape you are in, the nature of your fusion i.e. degenerative condition vs. a faster healing acute injury and your age. Obviously your surgeon is the only true advice you can safely follow. Best of luck with a quick recovery.


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By JSH
Administrator
May 20, 2013
JSH @ home <br /> <br />photo courtesy of Gabe Ostriker

Chuck! Sorry to hear it, buddy.


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By chuck claude
From Flagstaff, Az
May 20, 2013
First climb after knee surgery <br />

Julie,

Thanks, with my original xrays I' m surprised I didn't sever my spinal cord ( especially since I walked my bike out before foing to the hospital)... Just really grateful my injuries were what they were.

I figure if you are active, things are going to happen. Myself, caught a handle bar on a tree branch.

Rapping accidents happen , talk to Peter D a the gunks about his


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By jeff lebowski
May 20, 2013

Chuck, sorry to hear about your accident. I think Bachar had a neck fusion if I remember correctly. Something you might want to invest in are those glasses that allow you to belay without looking up. With a multi-level cervical fusion, you'll be putting extra stress on the non-fused discs and the more you can avoid end range movements the better. Heal quick!

Rob, there is a certain amount of thoracic extension involved with arm over head activities and you've lost the ability to extend part of your thoracic spine. I think you might be at an increased risk for rotator cuff issues (impingement, etc.). I'd ask your PT to show you some rotator cuff strengthening exercises (and strengthening exercises for your scapular stabilizers) and consider doing them prophylactically.


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By chuck claude
From Flagstaff, Az
May 20, 2013
First climb after knee surgery <br />

I got a message at my email ( charles.d.claude@gmail.com) my hotmail got pirated... I remember your accident being really bad.

I got lucky since before the MRI my doc considered a posterior fixation a 40% possibility on top of the anterior plating. In surgery he was pretty happy with the stability

Jon, how are you doing.... I was considering those glasses already, anyone with experience with them... The Cu's or Belaggles? Any opinioms


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By Guy Keesee
From Moorpark, CA
May 31, 2013
Big Boulder, just a bit downhill from Temple of Kali. Alabama Hills, CA.

So Rob, what did you do now?

Your using up your 9 lives rather quickly.

I hope you heal up quick.


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