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When can I soak again???

kaylafowlerkkaylafowler Posts: 9
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:58 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
You would think I would remember since this was my second PLIF, but I don't!!! I know my instruction sheet that was sent home with me said to not take baths, only showers, but it didn't specify for how long. I had my surgery 11/1 and my first post-op appointment isn't until 11/30. I really want to soak!!! Any info would be great!


  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    If I remember correctly it is 3 months, at least it was for me. I only take baths, I hate showers and that was the longest time ever for me! Nothing like a relaxing bath!
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,856
    But I remember from all my various spinal surgeries, shoulder, hip, etc.... soaking (bath, pool, hot tub) could only happen after the suture area is completely closed up and there are no open areas.

    Depending on how the surgical area was closed (normal stitches, staples, etc) the timeframe for everything to be set varies.

    My shoulder area took about 5 months
    My hip area looks like in about 2 weeks (total 5 weeks)
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
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  • Was how long I couldn't use the tub. The reason for this was less the incision, but more a concern about the pretzel movements needed which puts too much strain on the fusion and ligaments.
  • Thanks for the info! My first post-op is on 11/30...guess I will just hold out until then and ask the doc!

    I'm with you Susan!!! Especially when it starts getting cold...I want to just soak!!!
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