Having surgery Thursday

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By Chuck Z

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  1. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    My game has been lacking since November as some of you are aware. Played two rounds in November, had injection in spine, played two rounds in early in December, had injection in Spine. Went on cruise in January, came back had another injection in spine. The results of the injections were minimal for about a week and the pain in the lower back L5 and lower leg always returned. The quality of life, well there has been none, when you cannot walk without pain. Went to my Dr at the spine institute yesterday and the are doing foraminotomy surgery on me at 1230 am Thursday. This will hopefully eliminate the spurs on my spine at L5 that are pinching the nerve that is causing all my pain. I will be in the hospital overnight, and they plan on me walking out of the hospital on Friday. No driving for two weeks, walking up to two miles a day during the first 4-6 weeks, then 4-6 weeks of physical therapy. Will be cutting it close, but hope to make the RBC pro/ams at Hilton Head in mid, then our cruise on the Rhine in June. Oh year, then back to playing golf that I have so missed, the walls are caving in. My clubs are gathering dust and have not been able to walk in years. Who knows what the end result will be. He says I will be able to play golf. No worries. At least I can ride and play.

  2. Steve E

    Steve E
    Stockton, CA

    I wish you nothing but the best Chuck and a speedy recovery. just follow your doctors orders and work hard in therapy and you will be back to playing sooner than you think
  3. Elson C

    Elson C
    Southgate

    Chuck best of luck for your Thursday, my family and I have you on our prayer.
    I hope for a fast recovery for you my friend.
  4. richard f

    richard f
    Shildon

    Good luck hope you get sorted
  5. Dale V

    Dale V
    Escondido, CA

    You know we will be thinking about you Chuck. I'm sure all will go well. Hopefully your doctor is bad at golf, you know, a good slicer. Keep us posted on the recovery progress and hope to see you at some future events.
  6. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    Dale V said:

    You know we will be thinking about you Chuck. I'm sure all will go well. Hopefully your doctor is bad at golf, you know, a good slicer. Keep us posted on the recovery progress and hope to see you at some future events.

    Thanks to everyone for your prayers and good wishes. Dale you made me laugh, that was a good one. =)
    Microscopic surgery, gently scraping off the spurs and will last about 3-4 hours. At least I will get a good solid nap while he is doing it. Maybe I can make another hole in one in my dreams. Hoping to see everyone in October, if this goes well. Will update in a few days. Trying to find the right tops to wear with zip fronts. All these FJ pullovers and three quarter zips will not work for a while. Cannot raise arms for a long while and will be wearing a back brace for a number of weeks. I have a wonderful nurse that will ensure I stay on track. Has told me we will be going on the Rhine River trip and that I WILL be doing what the doctors say. And you know what they say in the military, yes sir/mame. No worries.......again, thanks to all.......
  7. Madhatter

    Madhatter
    Uplawmoor, East Renfrewshire, Scotland

    Wishing you all the very best Chuck



    Madhatter
  8. Flying Finn

    Flying Finn
    Petawawa, ON

    get better chuck and listen to your doctor
  9. Praying for you my friend! Here’s hoping to a speedy no hiccup recovery.
  10. Mike M

    Mike M
    Salem MA

    All the best Chuck.
  11. Good luck Chuck and do your physical therapy

    SEMPER FI
  12. Golfnut4

    Golfnut4
    Lake Zurich, IL

    Mend well and recover soon
  13. No'l

    No'l
    Palmdale, CA

    Wishing good luck on your surgery and a speedy recovery.
  14. Best of luck with your surgery! Hoping you come back strong and ready to play.
  15. Steve S

    Steve S
    Tuckerton, NJ

    All the best Chuck Z. My prayers are with you. I'm sure you'll be at it again in no time. Always love reading the wisdom of your post. Best of luck!

    Play Well
    Steve S.
  16. JEFF R

    JEFF R
    Canton, GA

    I had L5 discectomy 20 years ago, before micro-discectomy existed I guess. Take it easy, man. Do what the doctor says and do not push it. Get a great physical therapist and do exactly what they say. No less, and -- this is important- no more! Don't do a few extra things just to prove how tough you are. It can set you back. Do what they say and follow the schedule. Better to have a lifetime of golf than a few extra weeks because you rushed back. God bless and get well soon.
  17. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    JEFF R said:

    I had L5 discectomy 20 years ago, before micro-discectomy existed I guess. Take it easy, man. Do what the doctor says and do not push it. Get a great physical therapist and do exactly what they say. No less, and -- this is important- no more! Don't do a few extra things just to prove how tough you are. It can set you back. Do what they say and follow the schedule. Better to have a lifetime of golf than a few extra weeks because you rushed back. God bless and get well soon.

    You know the saying, you have to crawl before you can walk, then they let you when they feel you are ready to run.
    The Dr and the PT are the boss. They have me on a very strict schedule. Four-six weeks of walking up to 2 miles a day and then four to six week of pt at the spine institute with home exercises and a wife who will be watching every move. She had four ruptured discs in the early 80s and had a wonderful recovery, so she will be my motivator and coach also.
  18. Good Luck and fast recovery Chuck
  19. Speedy recovery, we all know you'll be swinging clubs again soon!
  20. Jason R

    Jason R
    Ottawa, ON

    Best of Luck and Best Wishes for a rapid recovery!
  21. Wishing you the best. Hope to hear positive updates in the future!
  22. Darryl M

    Darryl M
    Wichita, KS

    Wishing nothing but the best for you Chuck. Keep us up to date on your progress. And always enjoy your insightful views on this forum..

    Take Care,
    DM
  23. Bill L

    Bill L
    Spring, TX

    I hope you have a speedy recovery.

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