I am now almost 5 weeks post PLIF at L5-S1 level. I had problems with fluid build up at the post op appointment ten days after surgery, but have been fine since then. i saw the surgeon at 15 days post op, and he said that I should see him again 4 weeks later (that appt is on 8/23/12) . By that appointment, he says that I should be walking two miles a day, seven days a week. I've been building up to that, and two days ago actually got to 2.2 miles. Yay. I don't do anything dramatic, just stroll along until I get to Dunkin Donuts, go have coffee, then stroll home.
My question is this: Has anyone done anything more than walking at this early stage of recovery. i am very aware that recovery from spinal fusion is a long process, and I do not want to do anything to jeopardize my recovery. I am down to non-narcotic painkillers now (Tylenol instead of Vicodin), and will be starting to drive again on Monday (as soon as I get the car Inspected...hahaha). Should I wait to see the surgeon before I consider any other exercise? All I want to do is go swimming, and even then only gentle swimming cos I'm not very good at it.
I'll be starting back at work tomorrow...Sunday. Well, I suppose it could be classified as starting back, although I did actually go back just two weeks after surgery (I'm a Pastor, so my return to work was not as dramatic as it would have been if I was an office worker or laborer...I simply attended church 2 week's after surgery, and introduced a guest preacher. Tomorrow is the first day I will be leading worship since I had surgery on July 9).
Thoughts on swimming, anyone?