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how long and how much

kestbryankkestbryan Posts: 8
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:53 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
does anyone know how long a lumbar ADR takes to really solidify into place
and once solidly implanted is there a limit on how much weight one can or should lift???


  • Give it a few months for your body to get used to it. I've had mine since 2004 with no limitations at all. I was running, lifting doing hight impact sports after wards with it until my neck went bad in 2009 likely from heavy weight lifting. At any rate, I wish I was able to get ADR's for my neck but my current insurance would not approve it. I am very strong proponent of them. Good luck.

  • goodluck with it all, esp the insurance part.
    i had to pay out of pocket for it all. but i can't imagine a better investment
    then me having a chance to carry my kids.

    46 year old male yoga instructor
    adr in L4 L5 & L5 S1
  • Proceeded with anterior fusion then had posterior to revise one of the fusions that was non-union. Had I done adr might not of had this complication but paying for it myself was not an option. If I had my old insurance would have proceeded with 2-level adr. But the other hand fusions are the gold standard. Hindsight is 20-20. I am only 5 weeks out from posterior, I remain optimistic of my recovery and quality of life.

  • Hi Bryan,
    I had disc replacement C6-C7 last May 5. Severe nerve pain/muscle weakness before the surgery. Completely relieved afterwards. The doctor told me I could do anything after 3 months.

    While that is mostly true, I still have quite a bit of fear about causing damage to the area during my yoga practice - I've taught vinyasa since 2005. I no longer practice shoulderstand, headstand, and a few other asanas.

    How do you see this surgery impacting your practice? I know yours is lumbar. Still curious. There is not much info out there on this procedure and safety w/ yoga practice. Since this surgery is so new, I guess we are paving the way. :)

    Much healing and peace to you!
  • aloha susan
    it's good to get your feedback. i understand your apprehension in challenging
    your cervical region. if you are feeling good after being in so much pain for so long why mess with it.
    my surgery was a month ago so i am not sure about my physical yoga practice just yet. right now i stay away from all physical activities except walking. as i heal and feel it is safe i will start my practice again. my doc ( who is a black belt and also had the surgery himself ) says i will be able to go back to a full practice.
    the key is to let it heal up appropriately. this is my challenge, to not push it.
    cause with 3 kids it's hard to just lay there and not interact and now i am teaching yoga on a 20 city tour in europe. i talk the class through though, i am not practicing. but just hauling my suitcase is a challenge.
    but who can stop working?

    pleasure corresponding,
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