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Return to Skiing after Back Surgery? - Discsectomy

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Sadly I've not been able to ski this year as I damaged my back in two falls last ski season.

I ended up with a severe spinal stenosis (basically two herniated disks compressing my spinal column) at L4 & L5.

I spent a long while in terrific chronic pain. No amount of Physio, Drugs or injections made any difference.

After 8 months of very slow progress I jumped out of the NHS route and went private for the Operation everyone said I needed a couple of weeks ago.

I feel like a new man. All pain has gone and i can walk again with some purpose.

I'm being diligent with my post op exercises and will start on a rehab prog after 4 weeks subject to all the soft tissue healing being in a good state.

I plan to pace myself and only return to sport when allowed.

However, I'm obviously keen to get back to skiing next season and wonder what experiences others have had when returning from back surgery?

BTW I'm 55, although my head says I'm still 26!
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Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
I had the L4/L5 discetomy several years ago now. Unfortunately by the time I went private it was a bit late and I have been left with permanent nerve damage resulting in a weak right leg and foot with little feeling in it. I did all the physio and got back skiing 6 months later. It took a year plus and lots of Pilates to get my core strength back, and 7 years to get back to marathon running fitness, as due to the duff foot I had to learn to run over again.
Nowadays at the age of 58 I spend my time skiing seasons, and cycling across Europe in the summer.
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
I returned to skiing after an L3/L4 fusion.

It was a long slow process, under the supervision of the Physio and check ups from the Surgeon.

When I was strong enough to get gently back to the gym, it took about 8 months of going 3-4 times a week....gently upping the ante.

I have been going every year since.....but go to the gym every other day, all year round. I do lots of Stretching/Mobility/Trigger Point/Core/Balance....as well as strength and aerobic training.

IIRC.

Surgery early 2013

Able to start gentle gym work around Oct 2013

Needed 8 months to build up enough fitness

Was back skiing Jan 2015....and been once per year since.
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I had a discectomy at L3/4 to decompress a serious nerve compression. The op was good and I skied for a week 1 month post op, and again at 3 and 4 months post.
I did do tons of rehab, lots of walking and all the physio and gym exercises. I had the op after about 2 months of serious problems, so hopefully got it sorted before any permanent problems became embedded.
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Thanks all, good to know there's light at the end of the tunnel.
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