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Five days Pre-OP

Hi just wanted to thank everyone for your comments on post L4L5 fusion. I will be having my fusion on Thursday 8/8. Do you have any suggestions a out preparing for the no bending, twisting or lifting? How long were you restricted to the ending twisting etc?


  • My lamenectomies L3-4 and revision Lamebectomy L4/5 is on August 13 and i will be fitted for a back brace next week
    i was told no raising your arms above your head or trying to pick things off of the floor
    The brace is to "remind" patients not to twist or bend because you cant do these things while wearing a restrictive brace

    I hope this helps a bit
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    The length of time for restricting the no bending, lifting, twisting post op varies by surgeon and the extent of the surgery. Some doctors don't use a brace at all, while others do, and some use a bone growth stimulator, and some don't....so you really need to discuss any restrictions with your surgeon prior to surgery, and any medical supplies you might need- ie - raised toilet seat, walkers, etc with him .
    Did you have a list of questions for him prior to scheduling your surgery? We do have surgery forums on Spine Health and it would be a good idea to read in them , there are tons of information there to give you some ideas regarding the recovery period and things you might want to think about having available.
  • jellyhalljjellyhall Posts: 4,373
    edited 08/05/2013 - 5:00 AM

    There is an August Surgery Buddies thread that you may like to join :

    Also a couple of thread with useful information for people about to have spinal surgery :



    I hope that these will prove helpful to you. Don't be scared by the Post-op Must Haves List. It is for both lumbar and cervical surgeries and covers many things, some of which you won't need, but it will give you an idea of some of the problems you may have and equipment that can help.

    I had a L4/5 laminectomy and fusion and didn't have a brace or a bone growth stimulator. I had to avoid bending, lifting and twisting for the first 3 months. (No BLT!) I would advise you to move items used frequently in your house to about waist level so that you can access them without needing to bend, stretch or reach. A grabber is a must have item. You will be amazed at how often you will drop things. I had 3 of them (I borrowed 2). I had one downstairs, one in the bathroom and one in my bedroom. I used them often! I have read of people on here who drop their grabber and they are so pleased that they had another one to pick it up with!!

    Good luck.

    Do ask any other questions that you may have. We are a friendly bunch who are generally pleased to share our experiences. The support here from people who understand how difficult living with back pain and then recovering after spinal surgery can be, is amazing.

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