Re: Back injury and starting aikido?
Wow, tough question with no good answer. Most dojo will work with a student who suffers a limitation and there are many with back problems who practice Aikido. Each individual is unique and this situation requires a conversation with the physician treating the person and the instructors at the dojo. The nature and severity of the condition which requires surgery is the critical issue and no one on the internet can give you the advice you seek. Good luck with your search and with your partner's injury and recovery!