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2 month post-op L4-L5 Fusion Plif w/ DCom

rmickhail2rrmickhail2 Posts: 21
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:42 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Thinking of you guys and wanted to share my 2 month post-op with you all. As of March 3rd my Dr. said I am cool to lift a little more weight (10lbs) and now I can squat to grab things I drop. He calls it the golfer’s squat. He said I am doing really good and ahead of schedule. He did warn me not to forget that I did go through a major operation and not to overdo it and think I was all better now. I am completely off all pain meds except medicinal marihuana as needed and lyrica a nerve regenerating drug still taken twice daily. I am also still wearing this ultrasound machine on my incision site for 20 minutes a day to help assist with fusion. (Experimental)
On April 7th they will be starting me on physical therapy and it will run for 3 or 4 days per week for 3 months. I guess this will give me the opportunity to get back into shape. Do any of you have any suggestions as far as physical therapy goes?
So I am back to very light work. Using my camera and laptop to do some internet sales. I am glad that I am able to do some of this. I was and still am kind of going nuts not being what I was before the surgery. Not being able to do a job around the house without waiting for someone to show up to help out move something large or anything. But I do feel real good so far about my decision to go ahead and do this. It has been a long 8 years and coming and if I can stay at this pain level and be able to lift heavy again I will be cool with that.
I am grateful for all of you my spine friends. Getting through this was defiantly not possible without you. Your information and kindness has helped me succeed in this. I will continue to check in with you all and let you know how my healing process is going. Take care.



  • Hi Rick

    Isn't it good to be able to just a little bit more.

    I've just commenced physical therapy (at 4.5 months)and the physio started me on one of those exercise balls - have found the mobilising exercises too much which sent me into a big flare, but the stabilising exercises don't give me pain. I've been stretching and walking up until now and can do a few exercises with a light hand weight (1 pound I think). The aim is to strengthen the core muscles.

    It'll be interesting to see if the ultrasound assists with fusion for you.


    XLIF L2-4 20.8.15
    ALIF L4/5 2009
    Laminectomy/discectomy L4/5 2008
  • Sounds like you are doing quite well. Physical therapy will teach you exercises to do. Right now, I'm sure your surgeon just wants you to do some walking. I had physical therapy right off and sometimes think it was too soon.

    Best wishes,

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