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Exercise and Time off work following surgery

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
Hi there, I could do with a bit of advice. I had my 2nd lot of surgery 2nd April L5 S1 disc prolapsed disc, up to now I feel ok and the wound is healing ok. Its been a shambles from the beginning to end to tell you the truth, I'm not entirely sure what they have done as I wasnt informed I had the op then I was home the following day, I'm concerned I may have the degenerative disc disease as the first letter I had relating to my first op L4 lumbar discectomy bacin 2006 stated that my discs had crumbled. With these types of operations how much time should I take off from work, I work in an office and have to sit for around 5 hours on the phones on a call centre only being allowed 10 mins really to get up and take a brief walk to get a drink (rubbish innit?) the physio girls at the hospital told me approx 6-8 weeks. Also can anyone tell me how soon exercise such as gentle swimming can be resumed if I feel ok? Be greatly appreciated if you can give me any advice at all? - thanks Fi


  • Hi Fi,

    Good to hear from you! My doctor wants me to take off 6 weeks since I had to have a redo microdiscectomy. I assume at my 6 week postOp visit that my doctor will release me to do physical therapy. I have been in physical therapy, and the therapist wanted me to work with him before releasing me to do exercises at the gym.

    I was told that I could sit 30-45 min. by my doc, but my physical therapist said only 15-20. Even if you have to sit for 45 min. she said to get up for 30 sec. and walk around. I don't know when my sitting restriction will be lifted, but I'll ask at my next visit.

    Hope this helps.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,845
    There are guidelines, but because there are so many different variables involved with this, anything providing by our members here is a guestimate based on their own personal experiences.
    The Degenerative Disc Disease is probably the most mis-understood spinal term. The words degenerative and disease
    have a bad sound. DDD is really the aging of our spines. Almost everyone will show some level of DDD by the time they are 30.
    Others can have it sooner or more pronounced because of Trauma, Prior surgery, or Genetic situations. DDD can be treated with an approved exercise program and NSAIDs. Only the more severe cases require surgical procedures.

    Time before going bakc to work...(my own timeline)
    In 1978, L4/L5 surgery - 6 months
    In 1985 L5/S1 surgery - 3 months
    In 1995 C5/C6 ACDF - 10 weeks
    In 2000 C6/C7 ACDF - 15 weeks

    Besides the normal variations (how a person generally heals, the length of the surgical procedure and what kind
    of job a person does makes the difference.

    After 7 Spinal Surgeries and normally a one hour commute( each way), 8-10 hours on the computer daily, the company I worked for decided it was best for them and me, for me to work at home. I have been doing that 100% since 2000
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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