Re: Cycling with a low lumbar fusion
i haven't actually got on a bike since i had surgery, although i've been on a few horses! i'd say with cycling you're looking at an absolute minimum of 6 weeks, and i'd say potentially 12 weeks for adult patients, purely because of the "knees below hips" restriction. despite having a saddle below handlebar height, i think the pushing motion with your legs firstly brings your knees higher than your hips (or at least level) and also the forward motion with your legs would pull on a lumbar spine more than you'd imagine.
hope that doesn't sound bleak! there's also, of course, the risk of falling off either due to lack of balance or the standard cycling risk of hitting something in your tracks or something hitting you.
Diagnosed in March 2001 by family GP after my mum noticed an asymmetry in my spine. Referred to a consultant at the RNOH, Stanmore and started attending consultations for x-rays twice a year. Prescribed a TLSO brace to be worn 16 hours per day. Began with double major curves at approx 48 degrees. Offered surgery in 2003 aged 16 and declined to continue with school. Requested surgery in 2005 instead. Had T11-L3 fused on 16th July 2005 and haven't looked back! Released for all activities in March 2006, having been driving and riding horses with consultant's permission since 7 weeks post op.