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Mark McLauchlin
(markmclauchlin) - MLife

Locale: Western Australia
Neck Surgery on 02/14/2010 02:48:20 MST Print View

Hi all,

First week of March I am due in hospital for an Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion in C5 - C6 due to a car accident 2 years ago.

The feedback from my surgeon is that I will be out of action from at least 1 month, then post that it could be up to 12 months before I should consider myself back to normal.

I am hoping that after the inital month I will be able to return to some form of hiking and that mid April I will back out there for good with a new body feeling great.

Anyone out there had similiar, and care to share your experience?

Cheers
Mark

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Neck Surgery on 02/14/2010 05:02:14 MST Print View

Hope you have speedy recovery Mark!

Mark McLauchlin
(markmclauchlin) - MLife

Locale: Western Australia
Re: Re: Neck Surgery on 02/14/2010 05:57:03 MST Print View

So do I, I have great hiking weather on the horizon so that will keep me going.

Thanks for the thoughts.

Cheers

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
reply to Mark on 02/14/2010 09:47:35 MST Print View

At least this will give you a little down time to do some future trip planning.

Whenever I have had medical challenges, I always try to emerge from the whole ordeal with a better sense of where I really want to go and why.
--B.G.--

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Neck Surgey on 02/14/2010 10:05:33 MST Print View

In 2008 I had a hernia operation..Not fun at all. But after the operation I thought I would be back to normal-- but I was not!! So what I am saying is take it easy after the operation..Little steps are good at first. Good luck with your neck operation.

No Worries Mate you will be trekking soon enough.

-Jay

Mark McLauchlin
(markmclauchlin) - MLife

Locale: Western Australia
Re: Neck Surgey on 02/14/2010 17:17:36 MST Print View

Thanks Bob, Jay.

I think you are right, the time away from work will help me to get my head together, then I will get back to life hopefully with a newed sence of enthusiasm and no pain.

Thanks again guys

Mark McLauchlin
(markmclauchlin) - MLife

Locale: Western Australia
Re: Re: Neck Surgey on 03/15/2010 00:47:55 MDT Print View

Hi all,

Just an update if you are interested.

Surgery was last week, went really well, I was out of hospital in 4 days, up and walking 5 hours after, apparently as I dont recall much of the first two days.

So far so good on the recovery point, still a little pain however I think thats related to the surgery rather than the injury itself.

Few weeks to go before I am back to work so lots of time doing research on gear etc.

Im out for a short walk each day which helps to loosen up a little.

Back on the trail very soon I hope.

Cheers
Mark