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    Riding a bicycle/fused to sacrum

    I'm curious if people feel comfortable riding a bike after recovery from long fusion to the sacrum. I'm doing very well around 10 months out from my last broken rod revision. I think it would be fun to do some casual riding around town on a cruiser-type bike where you sit fairly upright. How is your balance on a bike after surgery? Any advice?
    Gayle, age 49
    Oct 2010 fusion T8-sacrum w/ pelvic fixation
    Feb 2012 lumbar revision for broken rods @ L2-3-4
    Sept 2015 major lumbar A/P revision for broken rods @ L5-S1


    mom of Leah, 15 y/o, Diagnosed '08 with 26* T JIS (age 6)
    5/10 VBS Dr Luhmann Shriners St Louis
    5/16 6 yrs post-op, 24*T/ 22* L, mild increase in curves, watching

    also mom of Torrey, 12 y/o son, 16* T, stable

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    Quote Originally Posted by leahdragonfly View Post
    I'm doing very well around 10 months out from my last broken rod revision.
    This is good news...Gayle, I knew you were going to come through. (smiley face)

    My balance is fine, I have cats balance. The question should be reversed. How is your balance?....And are you ok on a bike?

    I think as long as you donít have a balance disorder, you should be ok.
    https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/balance-disorders

    I have looked at and would consider an electric bike......something like this...(Just an idea, Smiley face)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvDE1EQP_hk

    Please donít crash....

    Here I am saying take it easy in our recoveries, walk slow and so forth, and now this! I wonder how many spine surgeons would cringe on this?

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 58, the new 53...
    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

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    I asked Dr. Lenke about riding my bike and his answer was "just don't fall off". The second time I went for a ride, a squirrel darted in my path. After that, I just tried to be really aware of my environment. I only ride around in subdivisions, but really enjoy it. I am fused T4 to the sacrum and use a Trek bike where I am sitting up straight.
    Karen

    Surgery-Jan. 5, 2011-Dr. Lenke
    Fusion T-4-sacrum-2 cages/5 osteotomies
    70 degree thoracolumbar corrected to 25
    Rib Hump-GONE!
    Age-60 at the time of surgery
    Now 66
    Avid Golfer & Tap Dancer
    Retired Kdgn. Teacher

    See photobucket link for:
    Video of my 1st Day of Golf Post-Op-3/02/12-Bradenton, FL
    Before and After Picture of back 1/7/11
    tap dancing picture at 10 mos. post op 11/11/11-I'm the one on the right.
    http://s1119.photobucket.com/albums/k630/pottoff2/

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