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Recovering from surgery

Hello, I am a 17 yr old female and had urgent surgery on my back 1 week ago, I had my L5/s1 discs repaired, broken down to due to DDD, the rules are I cannot bend/lift for 6 weeks, and only exercise is Walking, due to this problem going on for nearly 2 years, and the loss of feeling and some use of my left leg because of disc pressure on the nerve, my calf muscle is starting to waste away, I am wondering does anyone know how i could start to build this up slowly at home, weights on ankle or stretches that don't require bending etc.

Thanks in advance.


  • Nick_MurphyNNick_Murphy Posts: 171
    edited 03/20/2013 - 4:29 AM
    Hi RoisinMD, I would suggest following the advice given by your surgeon and focus on the walking for now. Have you any PT planned as part of your post op plan, I would be fearful of taking any advice on additional exercises etc that were not approved by the surgeon directly
  • Yeah I start PT in 3 weeks, I should probably wait till then, so hard to not done anything though. Thanks for swift reply! :)
  • I hear you, but best to spend 3 weeks being "lazy" than risk your recovery - wish you well :-)
  • I am at 12 weeks post op now and only just starting p.t walking is the only thing I could really manage. up to 6 weeks I wouldn't risk anything personally but everyone is different. walking was good for me because your never in one place for too long which seemed to be the hardest thing to conquer and still is for me. if your worried about the condition of your muscles just keep taking small walks as and when you feel like it. however frustrating it may be take your time. you are still recovering. ask your gp about pt
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