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L5 and S1 fusion

barbrablythebbarbrablythe Posts: 5
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:03 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello All,

I will be having my L5 and S1 fused next month. Will I be able to do either a standing or seated or both full forward bend/flexion after I recover.

I do a lot of yoga and teach and hope to remain as flexable as possible. Any feedback is greathly appreciated.




  • I have had fusion done twice. Due to the fact that the first time didn't fuze and the second time it fused partially. One thing i will say is give yourself time to heal no matter what! Despite being very limited..dont rush it. It will take lots of time for that bone to become solid and new bone to come over the fuzed area.
    Even when you are feeling better....still take it easy. You will be sore as hell and limited so follow your doctors instructions to the T. One thing that i had a little difficulty doing was instructions because PT was saying one thing and my Neurosurgeon was saying something else. I'll you right now...follow your Neurosurgeon first.
    I could not bend forward after surgery the way i used to nor bend back. Though in my case it seemed everything that could go wrong went wrong. It caused me great pain and burning down my back and right leg if i bend forward or backwards. It will take about 8months and a year before you will really start to do things....but everyone is different. Remember the L5 and L4 are working as one and not two separate vertebrata now. I had L5s1 to L3 fuzed.
    Depending on what cut or cuts your surgeon is doing ...will deterime when you start PT. Most likely it will be about 2-3 months later. Those cuts and it healing were hell. Sleeping was impossible the first month....and walking was just the same. Remember though i am a worst case. 9 years later i am finally back to some kind of normal...but you have to read my post on pain pump. Good luck stay mentally strong....depression what huge with me.
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