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How long before you didn't need a walker?

malawmmalaw Posts: 114
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am wondering how long before you were walking without a walker. I am still not sure enough to go without mine except for short walks here in the apt. I use a cane then. My PT has not pushed me to stop using it. I can walk without it, but am so afraid of falling.
When I had my knee replacement last summer and they told me I could try without the walker I promptly went to the bathroom during the night and then kicked the walker on my way back. Thought I had that thing in a better place. Anyway, fell down and 3 weeks later discovered I had split my toe length wise.
I know that I am going to have to stop using the walker and get my strength back in plenty of time to reopen the school jail on Aug 25 because someone will not dress correctly and have to come see me. I also have to be able to walk at least a block so I can escort the lovelies to the restroom and to lunch. Cane-OK Walker-not OK.
I need to go to work. Just being here is beginning to play dirty tricks on my mind and lead me down the path to self-pity. Don't even need to go there. May take next summer off from surgery - If I can. Know of 2 more joints they tell me will have to fixed someday.Yuck!


  • Well unfortunnately I can't answer your question about how long to use a walker, because my surgeon was a sadistic bastard and would not allow a walker or a cane after having a PLIF. So it was sink or swim for me, So the good news is that I was forced to swim. I have come to find out that surgeons are just so different what aids they want their patients to use.

    Can you start to ween yourself off the walker? Perhaps it's more of a security blanket now for you. How long ago was your surgery? I can certainly understand your apprehension since you feel the last time, but maybe just baby steps holding on the the wall or kitchen counter to make you feel more secure. Or even if you have a significant other or friend that can come and take you for a short walk and you just holding onto their arm?

    I'm sorry I wasn't really able to help you with your question, but I believe you can do it! Just remember to say "I can do it" to yourself all the time. The power of mind of body is simply amazing!

    Best wishes and keep us posted ok?

    :) Pebbles
  • Malaw,
    I had L3-S1 fusion, hardware and scoliosis correction. So a pretty big op like some others here. I didn't walk for 3 days due to ICU, low BP etc but then I was given a walker with wheels. Yeah!
    5 days later the physio tried to take it from me and we had a bit of a battle. Its mine, no its mine, no go away I need this, no you dont, You wouldn't know etc etc - Must have been comical to see, with us each pulling at the walker.
    Anyway he won and then said and now we will do stairs! :jawdrop: So I told hime that he could go first and I would push! :D

    The short of it all was they took the walker and didn't even replace it with a cane which I had used for years.AND I am so glad they did. :)

    I occassionally take a cane if I am going to the shoppping centre to walk, but not to use but to keep the children at bay as they have a tendency to run at your legs. So they are more conciderate if they see the cane or I can put it out to block their path before they run into me.

    So I say fold it up, forget about what happened when you had you knee done and go for it!. See if you can find a good walking track, that is even and well paved.

    Blessings Sara
  • I used a walker for about 3 weeks including the hospital stay. After that?, another 3 weeks of cane. After that?, I would say I carried the cane around just in case another 1 1/2 weeks.
    It was 3 weeks home from the hospital before I could try stairs.
    good luck..
  • i did not have a walker, only my own cane as my doc does not believe in using aids for my surg (L5/S1 fusion) so i used my own for 2 weeks and now am on my own(4 weeks since surg) although if i am going window shopping i have it folded up in my handbag!!!!! hope your recovery is going ok, good luck x x claire x x
  • I used mine for about 4 weeks then moved to a cane and now I'm cruisin' hahahahaha
  • My daughter took me to lunch and WalMart today. I used the cane going into lunch and into WalMart - then used their riding cart as we were covering the store. I am going to try not to use the walker anymore since I know I have to build some strength.
    Keep those good thoughts coming.
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