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what to expect during first post-op visit

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I have my first post-op NS visit this Tuesday which will be 3 weeks after my L4-L5 fusion. Does anybody know what I may expect to happen during this visit? I have been wearing a brace and seem to be doing okay...supposed to start PT at 6 weeks..thanks for any info and I hope everybody is having a decent weekend!


  • about PT, driving, restriction etc.
    Your Dr may order a CT or Xray as well to check for alignment.
    Check about how long to wear the brace and when can you go back to work.
    Oh and any meds you are taking.
    All the best for Tuesday
    Blessings Sara

  • If you have stitches (staples) they may remove them. In any case, you will probably have an x-ray, and the surgeon will look at your incision, discuss your meds, and any concerns you may have. This is a good opportunity to pose all your questions, regardless how insignificant they may seem. I kept a list with all my questions and wrote them down on an index card, and asked every one of them. Make sure you find out what is it that you can or can't do. When can you start driving, going to PT, how much should you walk, etc? Ask anything and everything that worries you. Finally ask when should you go back next.

    Good luck with your visit!

  • and he said my scar looked really good...said that I did not have to wear my brace anymore but keep it on hand for times that I may want extra support...can do "abbreviated" bending now and I'll know it when it's too much...keep from twisting still, though...continue to become more active during day and keep increasing walking (at about 1 mile now)...sex okay now with whatever positions are comfortable...keep with the bone stimulator at 1/2 hour per day

    next visit will be 3 weeks from today (which is 6 weeks out from surgery) for my first x-rays and PT Rx to start that...I'll get my muscle relaxer (Robaxin) Rx refilled before PT starts

    my nerve pain in right leg has all but disappeared, thank God and still have off and on muscle spasms which he says is normal and expected...so evidently I'm on track and hoping for the beginnings of some fusion at 6 weeks

    thanks for the support and advice everybody!
  • Sounds like you are right on track. Twisting seems to be a bigger challenge than I ever expected, I don't know why, but not surprising that's the one to keep an eye on. Keep us posted on your progress :)))
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