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I was wondering about lifting after fusion



  • My restrictions are no lifting more than 10 pounds, no twisting, and no bending until FULLY fused.
  • I did find out - I was so upset, I couldn't remember if they even told me, that my fusion is L-5 to S-1 -
    and I am anxious to have the surgery. Thanks for all of the extra information, Susan
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  • My Dr put mr on liftinh restrictions of nothing heavier than a telephone handset. Also no twisting bending. He gave me permission to bend over and throw out a granade if it came through the livingroom window. Otherwise i DIDNT nwws whT i dropped. Pretty safe bet thats not gonna happen. I refuse to bend or lift or twest. Went through to much to have more problems. Just dropped my mouse. Thank goodness for grabbers
  • Wow ... I just came home from two level (L4 - S1) fustion that was done through the front (ALIF) and posterior instrumentation (Some rods and plates to stabilize inserted in my back). I had two surgeons ... one who did approach to get to spine and the actual neuro surgeon who did all the hardware work on the spine. It was a six hour gazillion dollar surgery. I could not imagine having a second surgery with in a week of that first one. My surgery was on Dec 10. I am doing well but definitely have some pain. ~X( I guess I should expect that.

    As for bend, lift, twist ... I dont have really specific restrictions .... the gallon of milk rule and the "dont do stuff that hurts" rule. ;)

    Ask lots of questions. I usually bring my husband because I get overwhelmed and forget what to ask.
  • I had ALIF/PLIF. The first surgery (ALIF) was on a Monday and the 2nd (PLIF) on Wed - so only one day in between. My doc said it was so I would not have to be under anesthesia so long at one time. In retrospect, it would have been nice to have it done all at once but...

    As for lifting - at 5 months post-op I still have a 10 lb restriction but have a friend who did not have lifting restrictions after 4 months as long as she lifted things correctly. I think it depends much on your body and your surgeon.
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