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01-16-2007, 08:33 PM
I'm looking for advice on traveling situations.
I have a surgery date in June in St. Louis, MO...my recovery will be at my parents home in Montgomery, AL (about 9 hours apart).
Would you recommend driving or flying? Thanks!

01-17-2007, 04:36 PM
Will it still be 9 hours if you fly? I would take whichever route is shortest. I only drove 10 minutes from the hospital to my home and it was horrendous. Flying might be more comfortable, but also might be a bigger hassle getting yourself through security, onto the plane, etc. BUT you would definitley qualify for a wheelchair & quick service, first seating, and all that...

Either way, take lots of pillows, and whatever pain medication you are prescribed, so you can make it the most comfortable possible. Good luck my dear!

01-17-2007, 04:52 PM
Thanks for the suggestion Lisa!
I guess I'll speak with the nurse at pre-op and see her suggestions...I'm sure that the flying would be less than nine hours...assuming that flights aren't delayed too much...which hasn't been my experience lately :p

01-18-2007, 08:04 PM

My 2nd revision surgery is June 4th out in Amarillo Texas. I'm in Houston, about a 12 hour car drive between the two citites. I will be flying to and from for my surgery, it's only a 2 to 2 1/2 hour flight. After my other two surgeries the 45 minute car drive home was no fun!

01-19-2007, 09:20 AM

May I ask why you have to undergo a second revision?


01-20-2007, 12:03 AM

My sagital balance is still not correct. Dr. LaGrone says I still need to be pulled back about another 10 degrees. I am already fused to the sacrum, but I still have some movement that they think is coming from a hemi-vertrabra, so he will also extend the fusion futher on down the sacrum. Hopefully this will help decrease the amount of pain that I am having in that area.

01-20-2007, 01:26 PM
I had surgery in New York and live in Georgia- I flew after 3 1/2 weeks. It was not comfortable but it was bearable-definitley better than a long car ride! They had wheelchair assistance for me and once I was on the plane I stood up when I needed to and walked the aisles. You'll be fine!

01-20-2007, 05:38 PM

Did Dr. LaGrone do your first osteotomy or another doctor? For some reason I do not recall if he or not.


Your Houston bud


01-21-2007, 02:52 PM

Dr. Reitman (here in Houston) did my original surgery in April 2004 and he did my first osteotomy in June 2005. He was actually thinking of doing one during the first surgery, but since the surgery had taken so long he decided to wait and see how I receovered.