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  1. #1
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    being a passenger in a car

    My surgery is scheduled for March 11.

    I was wondering how long it would be until I , as a passenger, would be able to tolerate a 9 hour car trip. Yes I know that every one is different but I was just wondering what some ideas might be

    Thanks

    Melissa

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    At three months post op...I did three hours with 2 very short breaks....I don't know that I could have done much more. I'm almost 6 months now, and I wouldn't look forward to 9 hours...but would probably plan two sizable breaks...hour or so. I'm much better at sitting for longer periods of time...but it makes me stiff and it's the getting up and moving around right after that's hard. Getting better though!
    Kathy, 43
    Diagnosed as a teen
    Boston brace 2 years
    63 degree lumbar curve
    Surgery August 26, 2009
    Anterior approach fused T12-L4
    now 28 degrees

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    On discharge from hospital, i was told to avoid travel for at least 6 weeks unless really necessary. After my 8 week post-op appoinment, i was allowed to drive as i was on no pain meds, however, he said that if i was doing long journeys, that i would have to stop and get out every half hour to stand straight for a while. I think there are some people on here that have made long journeys home from surgery! I think at the end of the day, its up to you and how you feel. Best wishes.
    Vali
    44 years young! now 45
    Surgery - June 1st, 2009
    Dr David Hall - Adelaide Spine Clinic
    St. Andrews Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia
    Pre-op curve - 58 degree lumbar
    Post -op - 5 degrees
    T11 - S1 Posterior
    L4/5 - L5/S1 Anterior Fusion

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    I am three weeks out and drive around for hours each day and love it

    mmmm, nine hours, that is a longy! My prediction would be three weeks, maybe sooner if your are doped up on opioid meds.

    You most likely would not be able to do that in one haul though, but with multiple stops where you can get out and shuffle around, you should be aight!
    45L/40T
    Surgery 25/1/2010
    Australia

    Knowthyself

    Scoliosis Corrected 25/1/2010 by Dr Angus Gray, Prince of Wales Private Hospital, Sydney. Fused T3-L4.

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    I did 4 hours home from NY a week after surgery and tolerated it amazingly well. They gave me 2 Percocet before I left, I rode in the front (heated) seat of my husband's Lexus with my brace on and just slightly tilted back and it wasn't bad at all. We stopped for lunch for about an hour. I think I was probably so glad to get away from the hospital, I didn't care about pain from the car ride!


    Anne in PA
    Age 58
    Diagnosed at age 14, untreated, no problem until age 50
    T4 to sacrum fusion
    63 thoracic now 35, 92 lumbar now 53
    Dr. Baron Lonner, 2/2/10
    Am pain-free, balanced, happy & an inch taller !

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    Thanks for all of your opinions and ideas

    Melissa

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    The longest ride I was a passenger was about 11 months post-op and we drove 6 hrs. I was fine. 9 hours sounds tough though--with fusion or without.
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    Debbe - 50 yrs old

    Milwalkee Brace 1976 - 79
    Told by Dr. my curve would never progress

    Surgery 10/15/08 in NYC by Dr. Michael Neuwirth
    Pre-Surgury Thorasic: 66 degrees
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 66 degrees

    Post-Surgery Thorasic: 34 degrees
    Post-Surgery Lumbar: 22 degrees

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    May turn into a case of:- "are we there yet?"
    Vali
    44 years young! now 45
    Surgery - June 1st, 2009
    Dr David Hall - Adelaide Spine Clinic
    St. Andrews Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia
    Pre-op curve - 58 degree lumbar
    Post -op - 5 degrees
    T11 - S1 Posterior
    L4/5 - L5/S1 Anterior Fusion

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