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from oz
06-17-2009, 07:21 PM
Hi everyone - it has been a very long time since i have been to the forum. Our daughter Kaitlin (now 14) had surgery in February 08.
Her spine was fused T5-L2.
Life is back to normal by now and everything went well as expected and now Kaitlin is just like any other 14 year old although has been told not to play contact sports etc.
She is at that age where really wants to go ice skating with her friends and i am very unsure about allowing it. I am worried if has a heavy fall it will cause problems. She wasnt a bad ice skater prior to the operation but by no means a pro or never fell down etc.
Would love to know what others would do as i dont want to spoil all her fun as she is a bit restricted with the sports but dont want the complications this could cause.
Thanks for your advice/opinions. Melinda xx

06-17-2009, 11:15 PM
Hi Melinda...

I'm moving this thread from the adolescent/teen forums to the parents forum.

You might want to check with Kaitlin's doctor, but I can't imagine that any specialist would prohibit iceskating more than a year after surgery.


06-18-2009, 01:05 AM
My son went ice skating with his friends last winter and he was fine. He is naturally cautious, though, and I don't think he fell. We were told he could do anything he wanted to do so I let him go. But I was really nervous and worried like you seem to be. Then again, I worry a lot in general, especially about Alexander...

06-18-2009, 07:58 AM
I've been fused from T5 to L2 for 19 years now and have done lots of ice skating in that time (I have the ancient Harrington rods too - not the newer technology like your daughter's!). I have also had a couple of bad falls, not from the ice skating, but from just trying to get from point A to point B after an ice storm in my city (we get a lot of them up here). None of this has done anything to my back. I would check with your doctor, but do remember (and not trying to scare you) falls could happen when she's not ice skating and if she's a good ice skater, she probably won't fall in a way that will hurt her.

06-18-2009, 12:46 PM
My 13 yo son was fused nearly 8 months ago at Shriners in Philadelphia--a much longer fusion than your daughter's. At his six-month appointment, he was released to skate (ice and roller), but ice hocky is on the "never" list. I think occasional falls are not the issue--it's the repeated impact of contact sports.

Mary Ellen

from oz
06-19-2009, 07:42 PM
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your replies. I think it is a mothers natural instinct to worry about these things but i think i will let her go for it as long as she is cautious and i do recall the surgeon telling us her fusion was very solid. Perhaps its more about other people running into her!
Anyway, i think i will let her have a try - school holidays are coming up - will be hard to watch though!! Thank you, Melinda xx