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Nice to hear from someone 12 months out, with such a positive story. Be sensible sounds like the ultimate in good advice. Good luck with the skiing!
Im on the opposite side of the world and looking forward to some sunshine and warmth!! Hopefully I will be able to do some gentle hiking come summer. But I'll be sensible!!!
 
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Good Morning, Jacimarble: I peeked at some of your comments/postings. Sounds like you are progressing appropriately and will be hiking in time whatsoever!! Best wishes to you. ~Pat
 
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Hello, Everyone:

It has been a very, very, long time since I have posted. First, the good news:
  • 40 days on snow 2017-2018
  • 50 datys on snow 2018-2019
  • continued loss of weight
  • two year post-operative visit June 2019 - all good
  • BUT
  • long story short - spondylolysis or spondylosis likely developed in december 2018 as noticed by fellow ski instructors when we dissect each other's skiing; thought i wrecked left knee
  • then, thought the left hip was compromised
  • then, june 2019, surgeon comments - "probably a labrum tear"
  • and, august 2019, finally see his associate, "it's NOT your hip - it's your back, you need to see our spine specialist!!
  • Spondylolisthesis L5 S1 Grade 1 in August 2019
  • Today - October 2019 - grade two
  • MRI and lumbar xrays all in the library
  • Research and surgical reports are scattered all over the place regarding prognosis and treatment

Sooooooooooo, just as I am getting ready for annual appearance at Boston Ski Show and our Snowsports School dry land and on-snow training, this young pup is facing this................ ugh

Three 'consults' scheduled during next three weeks. Issues are decompression of L5 nerve root and stabilization of the L5 fracture without residual damage (s).

LOL - wish there was a vertebra store i could go shop for a new L5 vertebra and bring my "Scotty Dog" back.... (they call this a Scotty Dog fracture).

Granted this goes beyond knee/hip replacement. I am long overdue to share. For those who are early in the knee replacement process, please know that when the grace of God and all of our hard work comes together, there is life after knee replacements (s). I cannot be more pleased at me knee replacement outcomes. I did NOT anticipate this vertebra issue.

Will be making 'next' decision likely in less than thirty days. Am thinking I may not get 50 days on snow, this season. ugh. Be well, everyone. ~ Pat Doherty
 
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Hi, JR99:

Alpine ski instructor since 2003. Replaced both knees 2017 (March and June) With surgeon permission, returned to skiing December 2017 - 40 days on snow 2017-2018 season. 50 days on snow in 2018-2019 season. Unfortunately, only 20 days on snow 2019-2020 season. Two stage transforaminal lumber interbody fusion (L4-S1) with a spinal dura tear (nick) to put the icing on the cake. Anticipate return to snowsports instruction 2020-2021 season.

Knee Surgeon encouraged me to do a few things:
  • continue to lose weight
  • prefer to see you on wide, open, hard packed, groomers
  • no moguls, please
  • please keep your skis ON the snow
I have followed knee surgeon's advice and so far, so good.

Now, have a spine surgeon's encouraging words to abide by in the not so distant future. During our multiple and lengthy pre-op conversations, he assured me I could return to skiing - the so called active lifestyle. I do anticipate there will be some adaptations and modifications. Spine surgery was January 21, 2020 - we're anticipating a return to snowsports right after Thanksgiving (US) 2020 (11 plus months post-op). Now, I simply have to do as I am told and rest so that I may heal. Hope this information helps. Best wishes to you as you navigate your journey. ~ Pat
 

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