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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2008

    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 50
    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)
    2010 VBS Dr Luhmann Shriners St Louis
    2017 curves stable/skeletely mature

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

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2008
    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.

    I have looked at and would consider an electric bike......something like this...(Just an idea, Smiley face)

    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?

    49 yr old male, now 59, 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

    My x-rays

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Waterloo, IL
    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.

    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.

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