My mom's best friend had her back fused a year or so ago and she's so much better, so it's not all horror stories.
With skating, it's probably not solely impact that causes spine stress but I think the torque (is that the term I should be using) of the jumps as well. Though we're remarkably flexible (what marvels of engineering we are!), we're not designed to spin like corkscrews. Singles skaters have to snap themselves around in the air so many times a day, not just during performances but during practices. That must take its toll eventually. Pro skaters who maintain their jumps can ease up a bit, and pace themselves, but eligible skaters have to do the maximum to remain competitive. I hope Plushy doesn't wreck himself for an Olympic medal when he already has three perfectly good ones, one of which is gold. But some people seem to have just one speed: full throttle. You can't reason with them. They go until they drop. God bless them, it's what makes them great. Clearly Plushenko is among that number.
My concern for Plushy is that however he is now, it IS going to be worse as he gets older.
Thanks for the article.
Most interesting to me are Mr. Mishin's words. I agree with him. Now's the time to get any & all health problems dealt with asap, as the schedule to Sochi will be tight from here on in. And as usual, he and his pupil, Evgeni, have a well thought out plan and are sticking to it, BRAVO! As always, my prayers are with Evgeni, as is my total unequivocal support.
It's Plushy's choice whether to opt for or against surgery. I suppose, it all depends on how much the pain is bothering him too. I wish him all the best in his decision and as a fellow human being, will not wish less for someone who has contributed much to figure skating.
The comments on here scare me. I hope everything goes well for him; he doesn't deserve anything horrible happening to him as a result of the surgery.
His future concerns me as it seems like one that will be filled with a lot of pain. Hope he really thinks this one through.
Now, as missdaisy says, her husband is not one of the surgeons that re-operates the same area. But it is a big world and many surgeons do whatever the patient , in trust will sign off on. The history of this is available for everyone who can read medical journals. But Plush has been lucky in life, lucky with knee surgeries, so far. It is up to him, and he can go anywhere in the world and afford the best. It is a dicey game at best. If I had married my surgeon with his attitude towards money, I'd be well off, not poor but likely pressured in the 80's and nineties to have a lot of surgery. Things change very slowly in medicine, despite the news about some wonder drug on the news or procedure that never makes it into clinical practice.
I never discounted what you were saying. I merely offered that it's not a 100% bad. Nothing is as good as just not getting to the point where you're faced with the decision at all.
Unfortunately, what spiky and skateluvr are saying is true; sometimes it is only about the money for these doctors. Additionally, to be the doctor that "cured" Plushy might also be a risk worth taking... for the doctor. In the US, cuts to Medicare (which also correlates directly with how much doctors are reimbursed by private insurance) mean surgeons earn less per procedure than they did before, so some doctors may do procedures that they might not have done in the past just to compensate for the lost income. For the doctors, they have mortgages, debts, etc that are based on a certain level of expected compensation so that does add pressure. It isn't right, but it is the reality of what goes on out there.
Plushy's competitive drive is one of the really admirable things about him , but I hope he proceeds with caution. Good luck to him whatever his decision.
I was cool but after this thread I m scared a little, because I dont think it is as simple as his choise, if he doesnt know the whole picture and the success rate from doctors, situations that you describe here. His choise will depend on what he will be advised in the hospital, and I really hope they tell him the truth even if it means he should stop skating competitively.
I think he feel he can win bronze, maybe silver. And I am sure he is counting on a few home court advantage points, which I feel he will get. He is a lucky guy who has the best of everything. he might have a temporary successful surgery. Sometimes a fusion will hold great for three years, then the disc above ruptures. So without knowing what he really has, and what the surgeons are planning, it is tough to know. It might be a great thing for him and keep him in the game a few years more. So without being a spinal surgeon and knowing his case, we are just speculating, but in general, spinal surgeries fail more than they succeed. He has been a big winner in life, so I hope he gets the desired result. I just don't see how he can recover from these surgeries, and do what he needs to do to have a chance of making the podium.
I know Plush is not going to go through this to gain 4th or 5th place. I hope I offend no russian, but do you suppose if he skates well, there will be plushenkoflation like we see in Chan's scores? Maybe he knows something we don't that has nothing to do with his spinal condition. That statement from Mishin makes it sound very do-able.
6.0 or CoP, there are always questionable judging every season. I just wonder how they can be confident that he can zip through these surgeries and be ready to skate like the Plush we admire? Olympic favortism is much harder to justify since Salt Lake. China in 2008 however did as they please with ladies gymnastics and clearly did not care about the fallout.
I just have a question in my mind on where this confidence is coming from? It seems more reality based to say this will be kind of miraculous to have these surgeries go perfect and recovery. It sounds odd, and I guess that is the strongest word I will use at this point, not to offend his ubers or the Russian federation, etc.
Of course, Mr Iman will send a mail about Chan around Sochi time.I know Plush is not going to go through this to gain 4th or 5th place. I hope I offend no russian, but do you suppose if he skates well, there will be plushenkoflation like we see in Chan's scores? Maybe he knows something we don't that has nothing to do with his spinal condition. That statement from Mishin makes it sound very do-able.
6.0 or CoP, there are always questionable judging every season. I just wonder how they can be confident that he can zip through these surgeries and be ready to skate like the Plush we admire?
And Plushflation happens everywhere, not just in Russia. You missed the thread of Nationals vs International scores of skaters. He voodoos judges.