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I had a laminectomy on June 13, I am thinking about going grocery shopping any opinions on it being to early to walk that much


  • After surgery my doctor was ok to go out of the house after 10 days. The problem with the grocery store is that you could easily violate your doctors' orders, for instance, if he said no bending, stooping, twisting or lifting more than a gallon of milk. One thing I didn't think about was the force it takes to push a cart, especially as you fill it.

    You could go to the store with family or friends. You also could use a motorized cart with a basket, but if you're alone then stick to what is ok to do and/or ask other shoppers or store clerks for help.

    I know when I was ok to go out, I liked to go anywhere with the little push carts. Walking is good for you and you're out in the world again (just be careful not to over-do).
    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
  • If you want the surgery to work, then you need to follow the directions and restrictions given to you by your surgeon. If he told you it was okay to go to the store, then do so, if he told you not to, or not to drive, then you need to follow those restrictions as well. We can't advise you to go against the instructions that you were given by your provider.
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