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Bending after lumbar l4 l5 fusion Surgery

I know you are not supposed to bend after this surgery for a long while but does that mean even a slight lean forward when getting up off a chair is not permitted? 



  • The textbook answer is "no" bending.  That being said, I think there is a big difference between bending and leaning.  It's natural to lean when getting up so I would say that's okay because I did that too with no issues.  BUT, I'd recommend you call your DR office or PT location to ask the question.  At this point, you've undergone major (and expensive) surgery.  I'd play it safe by running any questions like that through your DR office.  In fact, I'd suggest having a notebook near you so when questions arise, you can jot them down.  I know the first couple weeks after surgery, I was zoinked out of my mind on pain killers and muscle relaxers.  If you don't have a toilet seat riser, I'd suggest you get one of those as well!  Helps with sitting, standing and most of all just something to hold on to in order to feel secure. 

    Hope you feel better soon!

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
  • Thanks for the advice emsguy I am just preparing for my surgery now l4 l5 fusion and c3to6 fusion at the same time... so I did get the toilet seat riser and I am sure that will help. I have arthritic knees as well so my range of motion is seriously hampered and my knees are weak. I have learned so much from these forums and am truly grateful that folks share. Hope you are doing well...i will try to get back on to share an update post surgery too...

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  • hi ckhasti

    welcome to spine-health

    i actually found a slight bend/lean forward was painful, so that helped me avoid it.

    please share more information about your surgery, your injury/condition and your surgery, so we can support you through your surgery.  if you add the date to the appropriate surgery buddies group under forum topics, you will get to see and share lots of tips with other members going through surgery.

    we find the more information you give about your spine issues, the higher chance of more replies.

    i have added two links below to help new members with information and these also contain the forum rules.  there is lots of material to research on spine-health that will give you the power of knowledge.

    welcome to spine health




    L5/S1 herniation Apr 2013
    nerve root injections Oct 2013
    L5/S1 discectomy Jan 2014
    L5/S1 nerve roo &, facet joint injections & edpidural Jan 2015
    L5/S1 revised discectomy, L4/L5 discectomy & Wallis Inswing Stabilisation L4/L5 May 1st 2015
    L4-S1 TLIF with decompression June 2017
  • Rob123xyzRRob123xyz Posts: 1
    edited 05/28/2018 - 11:54 AM

    I was told not to try to pick up anything from the floor, and not to try to pick up anything even off a counter over five pounds.  The surgeon specifically told me that if conditions warranted preventing me from even bending slightly, he would have put me into a torso brace of some sort.  He said that might be warranted for someone with more than three or four levels of fusion, but not for me with just one level.

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