Help! My husband is an avid road cyclist - almost 10,000 miles a year. After decades of pain due to degenerative discs, he just had double spinal fusion surgery of the L3 and L4 discs a month ago. Recovery is going well and his goal is to resume riding in the Spring, but the doctor/surgeon is recommending against it due to the riding position and the resulting increased load on his lower back. Doctor is recommending he switch to a recumbent, but as you can imagine, that's not a welcome option to a guy who parks his bike in our formal dining room so it's the first thing he sees when he comes downstairs in the morning!
We can't believe he is the ONLY road biking enthusiast out there who has had this surgery and also wanted to get riding again - at least that's our HOPE!! If you are one of those individuals, or a neurosurgeon with some experience in this area, can you tell us the following:
Is it possible to resume riding after this surgery?
If so, how long does it take?
If so, what needs to be done to ensure the back stays "fixed" while riding, i.e. special PT or equipment?
Thanks in advance for your replies....I can't imagine him ever being truly happy again without the ability to take to the road on his bike.