Received TLIF fusion on July 14 for grade 2 spondylolisthesis at L5/S1. Post operative pain is mostly spasms in mid and lower back. although there are occasional "shooters" with the sciatic nerve. Walked out of hospital the next day after 7 hours of surgery. Have been walking every day, and began very light swimming program (treading water) after my two-week follow-up per my doctor.
Prior to surgery, pain was most severe while sitting, even for a few minutes. The more I walked or swam, the better. Surgical report showed that bone was very hard and thick, and fusion should go well. Also, L5 nerve root was compressed and facet joint was "very thin".
Have always been very active and realize that frequent movement is the best thing for maximum recovery. However, I wonder if I am overdoing things a bit.
QUESTION 1: Any lessons learned on activity after surgery?
QUESTION 2: When can I realistically expect to sit comfortably for more than 20 minutes?
QUESTION 3: Currently taking percs as needed and Soma for the spasms. Was on Flexerl, but it doesn't seem to be as effective. Anybody agree/disagree?