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Serious swimming post op fusion

Hi, wondering if anyone aware or heard of anybody after surgery had success, fully recover going back to pool swimming competitively? If so, please pass on how?
I am 5 months since fusion L3-l4 and before surgery I was so confident that by 6 month I be back in the pool swimming like I used to. Well, as of today, looking not any time soon. So, I am trying to find out what PT in water that can help because PT exercise on land is different than in the water. Thx!


  • I did Aqua therapy exercises after my back surgery and loved it. I started out slow because it's still exercise. I would walk laps first. Gentle exercise then a lap then the next time add a lap etc. the water was warm 90 degrees. Cold will make your muscles spasm. I did this two times a week for three weeks then 3 times a week for 3 weeks.
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
    Steroid injections series x 4.
  • Hi Avid,

    I phoned my physio today (5 weeks post TLIF op) asking if I could go swimming. His response was: the slower you take it, the better you'll recover. He said I could start again next week, but only very moderately and he will be giving me an 18 month training and exercise guide with an expectation that I'll be up to speed by then.

    Sorry if that's not entirely what you wanted to hear, but the expectation that I'll fully recover swimming was very encouraging.

    L5-S1 herniation. Both knee meniscus tear. L4-5 herniation - 2 x nerve block injections. L4-5 discectomy. L1-2 nerve block injection. L4-5 reherniation - TLIF fusion. 2016: L1-2 and L5-S1 retrolistheses and multiple facet joint degeneration.
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