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Approved workout for immediate POST L4-L5 diskectomey

Monday I go in for a discectomy. I am 29 years old, athletic, healthy and scared to death of gaining weight and falling out of shape. I do Tae kwon Do and jujitsu classes daily and it kills me knowing I will be falling behind my classmates. What, if any, advice is there that wont let my muscles atrophy too much? How quick can I get back into my sports? Anything would help. Thank you.


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  • welcome to my world rest rest rest for me also an avid fitness person you are going to have to rest or the nerve will not heal. I have been resting for 7 weeks now. The most I do sis hit the mall with the seniors to walk DONT GO TO THE GYM trust me you will be tempted to do something that you shouldn't .
    like I was told from the start enjoy this time.
  • how well you follow the post op restrictions and limitations put into place by your surgeon. These are questions that you should be asking your surgeon leading up to and immediately post op, to make sure that you can and will understand that you must follow whatever the instructions and restrictions are, for the time period specified, or you may as well not undergo surgery.
    Harsh, yes, but far too often, we see patients who come in post op, and jump right back into their activities, particularly excercise routines and household duties, and ignore the post op restrictions and wind up facing another surgery or ruining the outcomes of their surgery.
    You don't want to become one of those patients..........make an appointment with your surgeon to ask any questions you have about the surgery, pre op and post op instructions and restrictions, activity levels, and follow them to the letter.
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