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1 week post op check up

Met with my surgeon today for the 1 week check up and to remove the staples. He said I was fine to go swim, bike, walk, do yoga pushups crunches etc and a 30 lb weight limit. As much as I REALLY want to go for a bike ride or do yoga/bodyweight exercises, I am quite nervous even if he cleared me. Everything says it takes a few months to a year to fully recover. Does this sound odd to anyone else that he would tell me after a week is fine?


  • Most discectomy surgery patients have restrictions posed for at least three months post op.
  • After a week I was barely THINKING about any of those activities, except walking. My surgeon wanted me to not lift, bend or twist for 6 weeks and only work on increasing the walking I was doing. At my 6 week appointment he cleared me for PT (which is just stretching and some light strengthening exercises) and to continue to walk. I was allowed to swim again.

    I can't believe your surgeon said all that after one week.
  • I had a laminectomy, not sure if that matters about what Sandi said. And my 30 lb limit is 1 month i believehave to double check the work release note. But so far I have very little pain dont even need ibuprofen or Tylenol really. I just feel a bit sore when I get up from the couch or have to bend to get into the van cuz I am a too tall haha. Walking I am fine with but I feel like I could do 10-15 lb arm curls/exercises bench press(light weight) bike swim of course my leg muscles are quite atrophied at this point so I would have to take it very slow. I have some exercises that were given to me after my surgery I could do as well as some from PT. He is not sending me to PT right now for my ohter herniations bc he says they are small - said everyone has the ones i have(?). He is the top spine surgeon in the state and one of the top in the country so I do trust him but even this seemed too fast. As much as I want to get back into stuff I want to do it smartly. Which is why I came here to hear from others who are in the same position. My dad had the same about 10 years ago or so and was biking with in a week as well hasnt had a recurrence. Swimming I feel would be fine since it puts less stress on the back but that I couldnt do for 11 more days since that is when I will have access to a pool. I dont intend on doing anything other than walking for a couple more weeks but just seemed odd he cleared me for that this early. At 6 weeks I would really like to return to running but will wait and see to that - i was doing sprints prior to surgery but couldnt do much the next day.
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