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Stretches and stomach exercises in first weeks after 2 level PLIF

I am having my op in a few weeks ... Minimally invasive, L4/L5 and L5/S1 fusion and will be in a corset. I fully understand the no bending, twisting and lifting bit, but will I be able to 'clench' my stomach/abs/obliques just to keep them going? I notice there are exercises you can do lying down like leg lifts and holding the knees for stretches .... But are these for later on or can they be done in the first few weeks if I feel up to it?


  • AllMetalAAllMetal Posts: 1,189
    edited 01/30/2014 - 2:51 PM
    Yes, I can't flex my lower back yet I am able to work those core muscles. Core strength is so important. I'd suggest speaking with a physical therapist for the best way to work these muscles post op. Good luck to you!
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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