Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 19

Thread: Travel Question after Surgery

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Carmel/Indianapolis
    Posts
    246

    Travel Question after Surgery

    Hi - I'm scheduled for surgery this coming Tuesday, Aug 31. T3 or 4 to sacrum. My husband has a meeting in Florida in October and wants me to go with him. It will be exactly 7 weeks out from surgery when I would go. Those of you who have had surgery, do you think I'll be good to go? My doctor's office said that I could go if I want. My thoughts are to go ahead and make the reservation and we can always cancel my ticket (and reuse later) if I don't feel up to it. But I'm thinking that these little progress goals along the way will be good for my recovery. Thoughts?
    Age 56
    Wore a Milwaukee Brace for 3 years in hs
    Fused L4-S1 for high grade spondylolisthesis Jan '09 in Indy
    Thoracic 68
    Surgery Aug 31, 2010 T3 to L1
    Dr Bridwell St Louis
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...1&d=1289881696

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    reno,nevada
    Posts
    4,018
    Hi Lisa

    I always buy travel insurance..... If you buy a ticket, plan on a change, if needed.

    7 weeks... I would say no.

    Its pushing it. That would be a test for sure.

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 60, the new 55...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    791
    How long a flight is it?

    Will you be traveling in coach?

    Melissa

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Carmel/Indianapolis
    Posts
    246
    Thanks, Ed. I know you're our experienced traveler in the group but haven't been on the forum long enough to know how soon you started all of your travels. This would be a "get to Florida and lounge" sort of trip while Chuck is in meetings. I had a short fusion but 5 hour surgery for spondylolisthesis (L4-S1) in Jan '09 and recovered pretty quickly and went on a short trip at 6 weeks. This is a much longer fusion so I guess the recovery will be a bit longer. I've always been a very active, never sick, never down sort of person. Just having trouble thinking I'm going to be laid up very long. But after reading all of the forum posts I'm learning how long it takes people to recover from this. Thanks for your input!
    Age 56
    Wore a Milwaukee Brace for 3 years in hs
    Fused L4-S1 for high grade spondylolisthesis Jan '09 in Indy
    Thoracic 68
    Surgery Aug 31, 2010 T3 to L1
    Dr Bridwell St Louis
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...1&d=1289881696

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Central NJ
    Posts
    1,956
    Lisa,
    I'm with Ed. I don't think I could have done it at 7 weeks. The travel insurance is a good idea.
    __________________________________________
    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

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Carmel/Indianapolis
    Posts
    246
    Hi Melissa - it would be a nonstop flight and 2 1/2 hours. Coach but we may be able to upgrade to business with points. I'm also going to have to fly home from St Louis 2 weeks post op. Unfortunately there are no longer any nonstop flights between St Louis and Indy. Southwest stops at Midway(Chicago) and has the shortest overall travel time (3 hours) but at least they have full size planes so I can get up and move around. But the drive is 4 1/2 hours and I just think I'd be uncomfortable in the car and the doc's office told me we'd need to stop every 45 minutes to get out and walk.
    Age 56
    Wore a Milwaukee Brace for 3 years in hs
    Fused L4-S1 for high grade spondylolisthesis Jan '09 in Indy
    Thoracic 68
    Surgery Aug 31, 2010 T3 to L1
    Dr Bridwell St Louis
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...1&d=1289881696

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    791
    My husband told me that the last time he flew ( 2 weeks ago) the passengers were not allowed to get up and walk around less than one hour closer to when the plane would land. I do not know if this was a pilot choice or what. but I would what not want to have to sit for one hour without being able to get up and walk around.

    Melissa
    Last edited by mbeckoff; 08-27-2010 at 07:56 AM. Reason: spelling

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Carmel/Indianapolis
    Posts
    246
    thanks, Melissa.
    Age 56
    Wore a Milwaukee Brace for 3 years in hs
    Fused L4-S1 for high grade spondylolisthesis Jan '09 in Indy
    Thoracic 68
    Surgery Aug 31, 2010 T3 to L1
    Dr Bridwell St Louis
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...1&d=1289881696

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Knoxville, TN
    Posts
    37

    Hi Lisa

    I was told by someone that had this surgery that she flew from St. Louis to CA for a wedding 5-7 weeks out and did fine! She said she had fun! Mary Ann

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Spring Hill, Florida
    Posts
    358
    I went camping and tubing at 7 weeks. Took a little more pain med than usual but did great!
    Janet
    36 year young cardiac RN
    old curve C 29, T 70, L 50
    new curve C 7, T 23, L 20
    Surgery June 11, UCH, Dr. Cronen T2-L5, posterior
    Revision December 20 L5-S1 with pelvic fixation
    and Osteotomy to L3 at Tampa General Hospital

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Indianapolis, IN
    Posts
    416

    Wink

    Lisa,
    Everyone is so different in how they recover so it really is hard to say if you will be able to fly at 7 weeks out. After my first surgery , in no way could I have traveled. I was in too much pain and could not walk upright to walk through an airport. After my revision though, I traveled to Florida 3 months later by myself, and other than fatigue I did just fine. As Ed suggested, I would buy travel insurance though, just in case. I just realized your surgery is coming up soon!!! I will pray for you to come through with flying colors!
    May 2008 Fusion T4 - S1, Pre-op Curves T45, L70 (age 48). Unsuccessful surgery.

    March 18, 2010 (age 50). Revision with L3 Osteotomy, Replacement of hardware T11 - S1 , addition of bilateral pelvic fixation. Correction of sagittal imbalance and kyphosis.

    January 24, 2012 (age 52) Revision to repair pseudoarthrosis and 2 broken rods at L3/L4.

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    791
    Quote Originally Posted by jsully View Post
    I went camping and tubing at 7 weeks. Took a little more pain med than usual but did great!
    Janet
    Wow- good for you

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Carmel/Indianapolis
    Posts
    246
    Thanks everyone. I guess it's pretty much how long the fusion is and how quickly I heal. I will probably do the travel insurance.
    Age 56
    Wore a Milwaukee Brace for 3 years in hs
    Fused L4-S1 for high grade spondylolisthesis Jan '09 in Indy
    Thoracic 68
    Surgery Aug 31, 2010 T3 to L1
    Dr Bridwell St Louis
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...1&d=1289881696

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    791
    Quote Originally Posted by LisaB View Post
    Thanks everyone. I guess it's pretty much how long the fusion is and how quickly I heal. I will probably do the travel insurance.
    You are just about my age and your fusion is about mine as well.

    It is going to be a change that is for sure

    Melissa

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Carmel/Indianapolis
    Posts
    246

    Travel after surgery

    Just want to let everyone know that at 7 weeks post-op I was able to come to FL with my husband for his meeting. I'm feeling good and just relaxing. And it's nice to walk outside in the warm weather. No issues with the plane. My husband took care of the bags. We were able to upgrade to business class with points so that helped a lot. Return Friday and fly to St Louis Monday for my 8 week checkup. Flying over and back in the same day. Didn't feel like a 4 1/2 car ride each way.
    Age 56
    Wore a Milwaukee Brace for 3 years in hs
    Fused L4-S1 for high grade spondylolisthesis Jan '09 in Indy
    Thoracic 68
    Surgery Aug 31, 2010 T3 to L1
    Dr Bridwell St Louis
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...1&d=1289881696

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •