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Old 30th August 2014, 11:30 AM
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Hi all,

Does anyone know if it is safe to do go ape with rods in your back ? My surgeon says you can .

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Old 31st August 2014, 10:35 AM
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If your surgeon says you can, then it's most certainly safe!

Have a look at the "Things you CAN do with a fused spine" thread at the top of the General Forum, which was created to show off all the activities that SSO members have been doing following fusion surgeries. We've had people bungee-jumping and skydiving - and I think quite possibly someone has done Go Ape.
37 years old, diagnosed with infantile idiopathic scoliosis at 6 months old with curves of 62(T) and 40(L) degrees. Casting and Milwaukee braces until surgery at 10 - ant release/pos fusion T1-T12, halo traction. Post op cast and then TLSO. Further surgery at 18 (ant release/pos fusion extended to L3 to include lumbar curve, costoplasty) and 25 (another costoplasty). Fusion extended to L4 at 33 (XLIF with 4 pedicle screws and two short rods). Pre-op curves: 76(T) and 70(L). Post-op curves: 45(T) and 35(L). Diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome aged 34; scoliosis almost certainly due to this rather than being idiopathic.
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Old 31st August 2014, 10:18 PM
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I've done Go Ape! twice with my fused spine, I have Scoliosis and quite a long fusion.

The first time I did it was 4 years ago for a Hen Do, I was 35, 4 years post-op and not very fit, I managed it ok and almost gave my friend and her Mum heart failure by going the 'extreme' way and jumping off the Tarzan swing, when my friend was younger and much fitter and hadn't done it herself haha the only bit I really struggled with (and always have so I'm not sure it is at all spine related but more to do with another condition I have) was the scramble nets, my god they nearly killed me trying to climb up them, but I did it!

The 2nd time I went I took my family - Husband and 2 kids aged around 11 and 14, we went to a different course and we all jumped off the Tarzan swing and again I found climbing the scramble net the most difficult.

I have now got it out of my system and am (IMO) too old and too fat to do it again!

I'm sure you will be fine, have fun!
Liz aka Kat - I will answer to either Diagnosed with AIS at the age of 13. 1st surgery - Mr Ransford @RNOH in 1991, curves = 55T 45L, fused T2 - L2. 2nd surgery - Mr Harrison @RNOH in 2006 - revision of original surgery due to broken rod.
Now have Degenerative Disc Disease above and below my fusion and have recently been diagnosed with HMS and Fibromyalgia and therefore am in a lot of pain daily.
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Old 1st September 2014, 02:50 PM
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Hi Sheila,
Its good to hear from you, how are you? Did you get your MRI results?

I'm sorry I can't help regarding whether to do Go Ape, I certainly don't think I could do it because it would most likely put me in pain. All I can say though is that my 22 year old son did it at Cannock Chase and he had a great time
Thoracic 72 degrees, lumber 30 degrees-fused aged 44, T2-L4, posterior fusion with costoplasty (8 ribs were chopped) on 3/11/10 under the care of Mr Ahmed at North Staffs Hospital. Now nice and straight
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