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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??


  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 06/14/2013 - 6:49 PM
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    Spence ,
    You really need to discuss this with your surgeon. Almost all of the surgeons give their patients post op instructions and restrictions, and it is vitally important that you follow those to the letter if you want to continue to recieve good results from your surgery. It is too easy to mess things up by jumping back into our lives full swing because the pain we had prior to surgery is gone or greatly reduced, but a surgery means that there was significant enough damage done that we needed to undergo back surgery, so take it slow, and follow the instructions of your surgeon. When he feels that you are healed enough for excercise, he will release you to return to work and the gym but until then I wouldn't do it.
  • Has anyone experienced your lower spine moving or popping after a disectomy? I m 4 wks post op and every time I lay down I'm feeling my spine adjust or move and sometimes I can hear it pop. I asked the nurse if this was normal and she said that some patients have have experienced this also. But I haven't come crossed that yet in here. It's kind of concerning me why it's still "adjusting".
    Dawn williams
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