I am scheduled for L5S1 surgery at the end of July. I have been living with numbness, back and leg pain on both sides for the past 23 years... sometimes debilitating mostly bearable although I think I have just become used to being in pain.
My question is this... After the surgery, what restrictions will I need to observe? I am very active in the gym and love weight training, always being very aware not to do exercises that would aggravate my situation. What daily limitations will I experience? Is fusion at L5S1 a stable area that will not lead to other issues down the road? My concern is that fusion will lead to follow on problems later in life... I only want to do this once... finally what can I do physically and mentally to prepare for the surgery?
Thank you all for you input.