Can You Paddle a Kayak After Spinal Fusion Surgery?

This article first appeared on the PAINLESS KAYAK FISHING blog.

Spinal fusion is an extreme surgical intervention performed on patients who suffer from certain chronic, serious back conditions, including severe pain, which have not responded to conservative treatment.
One of those patients recently posted a short review of her W kayak. Her testimonial sends a message of hope to other people in her situation:
I had spinal fusion six years ago. I have always wanted to Kayak but I know there is no way that I can sit in the L position on a regular kayak.
I contacted Norm Craig, a W kayaker who had spinal fusion too, and he assured me I would be fine with the W500.
I love my W kayak. I have taken it out about 7 times, and my longest trip was about 2 hours. It is very easy on my back. I just bought a new life preserver today made for kayaking. I am planning on going out tomorrow morning.
I am also going to make a cushion for the seat.

Kayak Fishing Trip Report From Kayak Fisherman Who Had Spinal Fusion Surgery

This article first appeared on the PAINLESS KAYAK FISHING blog.

Norm, a fisherman from Rhode Island wanted to to go kayak fishing, but in view of his serious back problems he knew that doing it with a sit-in or sit-on-top (SOT) kayak would be impossible.
He finally found a solution, and he writes about his new W kayak:
“I spent about 3 hours on the water and again the back was not a problem considering I had a spinal fusion 5 months ago.”
Read Norm’s kayak fishing trip report.