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laminectomy/discectomy at L5-S1

I just had a laminectomy/discectomy at L5-S1 operation and I'm eager to get back the gym and back to work.I'm 43 yold male and I do Drywall for a living how long before I should I wait to attempt going back to work? also as far as going back to the gym when would it be safe to do some weight training but just on the machines? Is their any type of stretching I should be doing? Any advice would greatly appreciated any??


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    You really need to discuss those things with your surgeon. Most surgeons give their patient a list of discharge/post op instructions with a follow up date for the patient to see the doctor. It sounds like you are feeling much better, since the surgery so it is really important that you do follow those instructions and restrictions that your doctor gave you, otherwise you can really mess up the results of the surgery.
    I would strongly suggest that you talk to your doctor before deciding anything about going to the gym or returning to work.
  • I hate to tell you, but you should try to put that eagerness off to the side for now. Everyone is different, thats for sure. But it takes most of us 2-10 weeks to return to work. Yes thats a big frame. But for those like me who did return after 2 weeks, it is usually very light duty. As for the gym & weights, you need to be in good contact with your doc & your PT. They will help you understand when & how to resume normal activities. Especially your PT. They are also going to teach you all of the exercises you should be doing early in your recovery. Trying to rush yourself back to normal life is more likely to cause more problems & setbacks. I can tell you from my own exp that 1 wrong move can set you back 4-6 weeks. You most def have to have patience with your recovery. I hope you can get back to normal ASAP!

    Good Luck!
    L5S1 REMOVED herniation. Years of pain & compression. Microdiscectomy complete!! Trying to be super smart & safe with recovery!
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