Undergoing Invasive Spine Fusion Surgery, My Initial Recovery and the Future…

by Chris C. Ducker · 45 comments

Me – Before Surgery!

You might have noticed that I have not been blogging all that much over the last two months. The reasons behind this have been two fold.

First up, Virtual Staff Finder was (and continues to) moving at a very fast pace in February and March and needed more of my attention as we not only ramped up our marketing, but also our team, too. We now have 6 full-time staff members to handle clients and VA’s respectively. We have always been the leader in this space, and will continue to be the GO TO GUYS for entrepreneur’s looking for dependable, experienced and qualified offshore VA’s to help them run, support and grow their businesses.

Pass the Scalpel 

Secondly, I started experiencing re-occurring back problems from an injury I suffered several years ago. To cut a long story short, I opted to go under the knife and have a majorly invasive spine fusion operation to correct the problem. For those of you who sent well wishes through my social media channels during the period, I thank you. I’m still recovering and it will be a long, long time until I am back (pun intended!) to full health.

This post is actually being published from my hospital bed, as I continue to recover, 6-days post surgery.

The Future

With all this said and done, however, I am looking forward to the future NOW, more than ever.

Even though my recovery from the surgery will be long and hard with, no doubt, certain bouts of pain and misery, I know that when I reach the end of the recovery road, I will be stronger, smarter and more ready to rock ‘n roll than ever before!

I also have several projects up my sleeve which I will let you know more of in the coming months. The first of which I will discuss with you, here on the blog, next week – be sure to subscribe if you don’t want to miss out on what it is. Trust me, its BIG, with a HUGE opportunity for the right person.

So, again, thanks for all the well wishes, and I’ll be back to you again next week.

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{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

Dan April 2, 2012 at 18:14

Hey Chris, love the positivity, all the best on a speedy recovery.


Dan April 2, 2012 at 18:26

Cheers Chris! We were all thinking of you here in Bali.


Gary April 2, 2012 at 18:36

Chris, you will recover quickly because you are such a positive guy. Take care of yourself, Best Wishes all the way from Ireland. Gary


Phil Montero April 2, 2012 at 18:39

Hey Chris,

So glad to hear you are doing well and recovering my friend! Sending you positive vibes and strength. Can’t wait to hear about your new projects!



Juha Liikala April 2, 2012 at 18:40

All the best from my end too Chris! I wish the recovery goes well and you come back stronger than ever!


adrien April 2, 2012 at 18:42

Hi Chris,

This is the first time I leave a comment on your blog. I do that because all my sites are hacked last night when one of them was at the very last hour of an auction and I feel like I am the most unlucky person in the world. When I search its keyword Google returns “warning – this site may harm your computer” page. As I have no any experience with this kind of technical issue before, I have to spend $300 on http://www.sitelock.com and ask them to clean my sites. I am not happy about that until I read your email and blog post. I think, “hey this guy is undergoing spine fusion surgery and it will take him a long time to recover! My misery is nothing compared to yours.”

I wish you the best Chris. You can overcome this thing!


Adam Stanecki April 2, 2012 at 18:46

Chris, you caught me out with this one. I hope surgery went well and that your recovery is swift. Word from the wise: pain is the first thing to leave, so don’t think this means you can start jelly wrestling again. You might have to wait a little while to enjoy the finer things once more. :)


James April 2, 2012 at 19:08

Hi Chris,

Love the personal touch – I am having problems with my lower back. Would love to hear more on your story. It seems back pain is an epidemic.

Doctors have a lot of trouble diagnosing back pain as there can be so many possible causes – which leads to ambiguity & frustration for the person suffering i.e. you and me! My only resort is online forums so…

Cheers for posting about this.



Adrian April 2, 2012 at 19:13

Good luck on your recovery Chris. You’ll soon be back on the dance floor!


Fiona April 2, 2012 at 19:27

Hey there, Chris!

My husband NEARLY had to go through that op on his neck a few years ago, so I’m well aware of what it involves…

Sending you lots of hugs from here in Sydney Town…

Looking forward to hearing the next instalment!



Elisa Rodriguez April 2, 2012 at 19:32

Wishing you a smooth recovery Chris, brighter days ahead!


Charles Harman April 2, 2012 at 20:08

Chris, we are all thinking of you from here in Lapu-Lapu city, Mactan, hope you have an event-less recovery and that this takes care of your back pain issues. I am now working as a VA and just took on a huge project from a real estate investor in Texas. I will be working with PHPList and a huge database of email contacts, an open source solution to email management. My wife Marianne has just completed Semester #2 at SouthWestern University a Medical school in Cebu City she will be a Pharmacist when done. Not sure if we will return to the US after she is done or just stay here, depends on the economy which does not look good at this time.

Charles Harman


Paul Donovan April 2, 2012 at 20:13

All the best Chris. Physio is no fun but so rewarding when your pains go away. Looking forward to new news and updates.


Harold April 2, 2012 at 20:13

Hi Chris ! Have a smooth recovery and take care of yourself. I wish you the best and will be looking forward your new projects ! ^^


Chris April 2, 2012 at 21:19

Praying for a quick recovery for you, and a speedy return to normalcy w/ your family and work commitments. Appreciate you and your guidance to all of us entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs.


Valerie Joy Deveza April 2, 2012 at 21:39

Have a smooth recovery Chris! I hope Nica and I can chat with you next time you visit Manila. :)


mars dorian April 2, 2012 at 22:16

Hey man,

here’s me sending you goodwill energy for a goood recovery. It sounds nasty, what you are going through, but with the passion and perseverance of yours, YOU WILL DO IT.

ROck it, Chris, with endless fire inside !


Tung April 2, 2012 at 23:20

Best wishes from me, Chris. Have a smooth recovery!


Sharon April 2, 2012 at 23:30

Wishing you a very speedy recovery Chris – love the positivity in your post!


Miggy April 3, 2012 at 00:15

Be well Chris, I do hope you really recover soon enough. Can’t wait for your next posts. heheh :)


Corbett Barr April 3, 2012 at 00:28

Hey Chris! Get well soon my man. Health comes first. You’ll be back up rockin’ and rollin’ better than before.


Dwight Z - Your Vietnam Tour Guide April 3, 2012 at 00:46

Good Luck with a speedy recovery. Your IM business input is greatly appreciated. Cheers.


Nick Loper April 3, 2012 at 01:23

Chris, best wishes for a speedy recovery! I’m sure you’ll be back in action and kicking ass in no time.


Benny April 3, 2012 at 01:41

Hoping for a speedy recovery!!


Sheyi April 3, 2012 at 01:54


Glad to hear you are coming back soon.

Hoping for a speedy recovery.



Nick April 3, 2012 at 02:21

get well mate from Nick in Canada


Steve Wyman April 3, 2012 at 02:45

Hey chris

Glad to hear your recovery is progressing. Sounds painfull as hell!!

“I will be stronger, smarter and more ready to rock ‘n roll than ever before!” Well the world better be ready :-) Epic adventures will continue no doubt.




Terri April 3, 2012 at 02:57

Wishing you a very quick recovery! I had my spine op in 2003 and all I can say is “Thanks to God and a great neurosurgeon I have my life back!” Just do everything your medical team tells you to do, and you will be looking back at this time as a snap!


Sergio Felix April 3, 2012 at 06:55

Hey Chris,

I know you’ll make an amazing recovery from your surgery bro. If the mind stays strong, the body will follow.

Take care and don’t push yourself too hard these days. ;-)



Scott April 3, 2012 at 07:01

Mr. Ducker,

I thought the worst thing about that surgical procedure was that they had to go in through the anus…but clearly the worst thing is the silly hat you need to wear to keep your hair in!!!

Wishing you all the best and a speedy recovery.

Scott & Tina


Richard April 3, 2012 at 07:15

Hi Chris,

Thanks for the update. Takes a big man to keep what’s been happening to you in perspective… obviously you’re that guy! Well done.

I’ve been doing lots of running and take you (your podcasts) along with me – thanks for the company mate! I was all up to date with your recent posts, so went back to some older ones. Remember chatting with the ‘Health and Travel’ dudes at BlogWorld in early 2011? You spoke about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, and how fundamental health is to everything else of value in your life – like your family and your business endeavors.

As with all the other comments, I wish you a good recovery and applaud your positiveness. You redefine ‘the rock and roll lifestyle’… in a good way! Keep on rocking!

Cheers Chris and family,



Chris April 3, 2012 at 07:35

Hi Chris,

My prayers are going out to you and your family in Cebu City from Las Vegas during this healing time in your LIFE. Chris it is times like this one where we slow down to take a breath and really focus in on the very important things.
Those important things will be yourself, family, friends and business. By being a former Medical Air Evacuation Tech 18 of my 20 years in the Air Force Reserves along with doing business in Vegas I’ve seen a lot. When I went down to BlogWorld in LA mainly to meet you it was great to have met you and your wife. I got to see you are a very strong man also that also holds a great 1st name CHRIS haha! So stay strong sir and fight threw this and come out even more focused on the important things in LIFE. PS I look forward to the honor of drinking a Red Bull with you in Cebu City soon. Thank You! Chris


Matt john Canty April 3, 2012 at 16:39

All the best Chris hope your well soon! Cant believe you had the surgery in Cebu your a mad man lol. Although I had a minor operation here in The Philippines last year and all went well…… not sure I would get t Invasive Spine Fusion Surgery done here to tell you the truth. Anyway glad it went well for you :)


Jessica April 3, 2012 at 22:02

Hi Chris,

Just wanted to say best of luck in your recovery from a fellow spinal fusion patient! I had ten vertebrae fused when I was 14 for scoliosis. I hear the surgery is much more advanced now, so hopefully your recovery will be speedy! :) (but still not fun, I am sure!)


Maria April 4, 2012 at 00:20

Hey Chris, I didn’t know you had had surgery!

I wish you to have the fastest recovery ever !!! :)


Alexander April 4, 2012 at 15:44

Hello Chris,
Just read you had surgery.
I wish you speedy and full recovery.
God bless you.


Rob Cubbon April 5, 2012 at 01:55

Likewise, I wish you a speedy recovery, Chris. Hope all’s well. :)


Chris Jackson April 5, 2012 at 21:21

As someone who’s suffered from on and off back pain for the last couple of years now I hope your surgery is successful, mine got to the point it was effecting my day to day life, it’s slowing starting to get better now. I hope you get better soon and which you a speedy recovery! Also looking forward to more of your future blog posts!


Russ Henneberry April 6, 2012 at 00:01

Great to hear the surgery is over and went well. I hope you recover in time for #BWENY — I was hoping to meet you in person. But I know that your health must come first!

Get well soon Chris!


Chris C. Ducker April 6, 2012 at 22:18

Hi Everyone

Thank you ALL very, very much for all these kind well wishes and comments, I really appreciate each and every one of them.

Slowly recovering at home. Like I said, its not going to be overnight, and I expect a long, pretty tough battle ahead of me, but I am feeling positive about things and I’m totally looking forward to getting back to work full-time and kicking ass ASAP!

Thanks again for all the support.



Ruben Licera Jr. April 7, 2012 at 01:23

Just saw from your FB wall that you are in the hospital. I am personally happy that you are on full recovery mode Chris.

Cebu needs dynamic industry leaders like you to guide it in its growth…

More power to you Chris. See you soon.


Jeff Bronson September 20, 2012 at 12:42

Wanted to wish you a fast recovery Chris.
Posting from the hospital bed??
Ehhh, take the meds, kick back and try to enjoy some relaxation!


Chris C. Ducker September 21, 2012 at 14:00

On my way, Jeff – thanks for the concern.



Tarah September 15, 2013 at 10:11

I also had an L5-S1 PLIF, and it changed my life for the better. Glad to see you are doing so well too!

Read about my story if you get that chance (I have tips on how to stay active after a fusion and some notes about the emotional toll of chronic pain):


Take Care!


Chris C. Ducker September 16, 2013 at 16:59

Hi Tarah

I checked out your site, great stuff – although, I’d love MORE. As someone that has had the exact same procedure done, and has only just got started again with physical activity properly, ie. TRX (swimming and yoga was all I did for 12-months+), I’d love to know more about your struggles and how you overcome them.

Thanks for the comment.



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