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Lifting limits post level 3 ACDF surgery

I am 63 years old and "semi-retired", working for health insurance benefits. I work in a grocery store as a cashier and bagger 25 hours week. I would like to know what the prescribed limits are for lifting and their duration. I also have rotator cuff issues, among others.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 06/12/2013 - 6:03 AM

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    I am afraid nobody on this site is qualified to give you that information, it is something you will need to discuss with your doctor who has all your medical history. Reading the forum and using the links will hopefully give you some useful information to help you taking the right action

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • have to discuss that with your surgeon. Most surgeons have some level of restrictions for varying levels of time, dependant in large part on what he found/fixed during the surgery, the type of surgery being done, and how long he expects before it is healed.
    It can change post op, depending on the findings/results on successive post op visits.
  • jpkm said:
    I am 63 years old and "semi-retired", working for health insurance benefits. I work in a grocery store as a cashier and bagger 25 hours week. I would like to know what the prescribed limits are for lifting and their duration. I also have rotator cuff issues, among others.
    I am 55 years old and work for the School district driving a School bus, mostly for Healthy Insurance. I am Scheduled next Monday June 17th for an ACDF at C4-5, C5-6. Had my pre op apt Monday and they told me to lift nothing heavier than my coffee cup and for the next three months only up to 5-10, lifting is supposed to really affect fusion. They told me if everything is looking good that I could go back in 3 months. Am kinda worried if I can even go back because I have Myelopathy and my whole left side is very weak with no grip at all on my left hand and my left knee wants to give out when I walk. Almost all of me is numb. They told me the operation is to stop the progression of this problem and not to reverse what has already been damaged. I have been off work since April 4th, this is a slow progressive problem, with Spinal stenosis, herniated disc, disc degeneration, bone spurs, and spondylolisthesis, but simptoms happened for me happened suddenly, so I am holding out hope that since it hasn't been years and less than 3 months, that just maybe I could have a full recovery. I think you can probably go back to work at 3 months if everything goes well.
    ACDF C4/5, C5-6
    June 17, 2013
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