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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2010

    Tanning after surgery

    Hello all,

    I wanted to know if any of you have tanned after surgery and how long you waited? I am about 8 weeks post op. The weather here in Ohio has been horrible, rain, rain, and more rain. I use to go tanning once a month or so...especially in the winter b/c it made me feel better, fake sun was better than no sun. I am wondering if it would hurt to go now.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Central NJ
    I've never done tanning-bed tanning, and at my age I avoid the sun (don't want wrinkles ). The surgeon's office told me that if I will be in the sun, make sure to use plenty of sunscreen on the scar.

    Did you ask your surgeon's office? If not, you should.
    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

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
    I wouldn't think so, but then tanning beds aren't considered safe for anyone. I bared my back to the sun about 9 months after surgery, and only very briefly. I think a tiny bit of sun can actually be good for you (vit. D) but sunbaking is always harmful, and I would imagine especially on newly formed scar tissue. I usually wear a t shirt over my swimsuit when swimming.
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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