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anterior spinal discectomy with artificial bone graft

CallieCCallie Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:52 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I am due to go in for anterior spinal discectomy on May 11th,

A bit anxious but mainly about when I will be able to excersise and move around afterwards.

I am female, 55 and a very keen swimmer.. the thought of not being able to swim fills me with dread.. even more than the op itself!! Any advice or thoughts???


  • Callie which level is your surgery on? I know water therapy is one of the first that docs recommend since you are not weight bearing. Usually once your incisions are fully healed you can get back in the pool for some gentle exercise.

    You should ask your surgeon when you would be able to actually swim again. That would probably depend on where they are operating. Good luck with the surgery and don't stress.
  • she is a nurse .and you will be happy to know that your operation is one of the more successful ones .she was fit to return to work as a nurse within 3 months .two years on and she is still fine she is about 50 years old.i wish you well with your operation .but do yourself a favour don't rush into anything post operation let your neck heel before you start swimming again{even if you feel fine wait for the OK from your consultant}
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • Hi Callie - I had this surgery for 2 disks on April 20, discharged on April 21 and drove myself to the drugstore to get my prescriptions filled. No limitation with sideways movement of my head, no cervical collar and very little pain. Two weeks later I'm experiencing just a little stiffness with compound moves, but in general I feel great. Actually, it's one of the easiest surgeries I've had, compared to c-sections and a broken leg. I'm 62, not athletic, so I think you'll do just great.

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