I know the answer to most questions is, check with your surgeon. I have but am curious on what others have done as far as walking after lumbar fusion surgery.
I was pretty much told to walk as much as possible, my body would tell me what was too much. That, to me, seems like such an ambiguous answer.
I was totally out of shape prior to surgery from almost 2 years of not being able to do much because of the pain. I started slowly walking right after surgery and built up to 20 minutes walks, 3 times per day, in addition to walking around the house a few minutes each hour, when not sleeping of course.
I'm now in a brace, after 4 week check up, as top pedicle screws appeared to have moved a little, but bone has been growing there, and was cleared to start using the treadmill. I've been a little freaked out to move, even in the brace but have been using the treadmill with the instructions from my doctor on no incline and under 3mph. I'm now up to 20 minutes 3 times per day.
It seems from reading others posts on walking that they are doing so much more. I'm curious as to what other doctors have advised as far as how much walking is good after fusion surgery.