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No restriction after 1 week of L5S1 Back Surgery

Hey, I had a lumbar back surgery on April 19 and only restriction I was put on was no lifting more than 5 pounds. After my 1 week of follow up I did my xrays and follow up my neurosurgeon. The neurosurgeon said I have no restrictions is that normal or is my neurosurgeon being nice?
I do get minor pain such as pain in my knee and butt and still feel tingling in my nerves. But after I take my pain medication and rest it's gone.
So is my neurosurgeon being nice or is there actually people on here that have no restrictions after 1 week of back surgery as well?

I noticed people on here have restriction such as no bending, lifting, or twisting after 6 weeks of surgery.



  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745

    Hello FrankyEdwards

    welcome to spine-health

    You don't say what type of surgery but this link should help.  I suggest you follow  restriction rule better to be on the safe side.


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    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
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  • FrankyEdwards

    To start with I am not a doctor, but I have had several surgeries, discetomy and fusion, I am assuming you had a discetomy, after mine I was always told no bending, lifting or twisting for 6 weeks, was instructed to wear a back brace for 4 weeks, although surgeons differ on that, if it were me at this point, I would be very careful with the BLT rule and what I picked up.

    I have posted a link below that may be helpful

      recovery, the most important phase - patience required


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  • Jerome001Jerome001 Cocoa Beach, FloridaPosts: 356

    I agree with Chip. No restrictions after only 1 week sounds rather unusual!

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,528

    No restrictions to me sounds like a recipe for potential disaster

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • I had a laminectomy at the same level after 6 weeks they told me no restrictions but I don't even believe that myself. Bending is still difficult and I generally do I squat if I've dropped something on the floor. I go back to work in another week and in my heart I'm 100% ready but my brain tells me otherwise. 

    My pt told me most likely the surgeon told me no restrictions because I am a very practical patient and I seem like the type that takes things with a grain of salt so he can tell me that and I won't overdo it like a lot of people will. 

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