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    06-24-2010, 03:31 AM
Best wishes on your recovery! After riding most of my life and teaching and judging many riders, I've seen that certain attributes can help or hinder a rider. Whether you are getting back to riding or taking it up for the first time, you should evaluate your attitude, confidence, relaxation, balance, flexibility, coordination, durability, strength, and fitness.
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    06-24-2010, 02:45 PM

Well given advice!!!! Are you available for more advice? Thanks....a few days after asking my doc, I realize I can certainly wait six more months. I used to ride all the time before my accident, and I guess I'm a little over excited about getting my life back, but your advice is dead on. Thank you
    10-14-2010, 01:32 PM
Dear 4footedfriend,

Before you do anything, find a neurosurgeon who uses the Nuvasive technique. Go to www.nuvasive.com to find a surgeon in your area. Lots of surgeons have impressive resumes, but your first surgery should not have failed...at all.

My neurosurgeon, Dr. David Segal, performed a Nuvasive surgery called ILif to correct spinal stenosis, degenerative arthritis and a bad disc. He remodeled the bones allowing room for my spinal cord, fused L3-L4 and L4-L5 and fixed the disc. It's a much less invasive surgery than a laminectomy. I was in the hospital on two days, and it was a major surgery. I was walking just a few hours after surgery and now, six weeks later, I feel great. I have a scar about 3 inches long and absolutely no pain!

Don't settle for a laminectomy...find a neurosurgeon through the Nuvasive website. People need to know that back surgery and fusion isn't the horrible surgery that it used to be.

Good luck, and hope to hear from you soon.


P.S. "StarsFlashGordon" is the name of my Warm Blood bay gelding.
    10-14-2010, 02:49 PM
Originally Posted by berrymom    
Talked to my surgeon's nurse today, and she said his big concern is not the jarring from the horse (not really an issue with a Peruvian), but rather an unexpected event, like getting thrown. Since I trail ride, that makes sense. He said we can revisit it when I go back for my 6-month check-up and sees how the new bone is growing. The biggest recommendation I have is that you go with a neurosurgeon, rather than an orthopedic surgeon. I have talked to so many people, including doctors and nurses, who say any back surgery involving nerves, like fusion, should be done by a neurosurgeon. I'm so glad I listened to them - first time I've been pain free in over 15 years. Oh, and one more thing - when I was still deciding whether to have the surgery, the surgeon told me about the only people who can't resume normal activity are gymnasts and that I'd never be able to touch my toes again. I also found this link helpful ...


Good luck!
4FOOTEDFRIEND: For fusion, a neurosurgeon...no one else. Find one at www.nuvasive.com...new technique...much less invasive...but, whatever you do, make sure you have a NEUROSURGEON!

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