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Musician - how long after ALIF before playing again?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had ALIF of L4/5 on April 1st. I'm having the normal digestive problems & skin sensitivity to brace. I play the oboe and everyone is asking me when I can come back to the symphony and quintet. Is anyone familiar with the breath support necessary to play the oboe? The way my gut feels - I don't feel like I'll ever play again. My college professor actually taught his students "Bear down like you're so constipated you can't stand it ... and then you'll almost have enough breath support to play the oboe." I'm afraid I'll bust my stitches - or get a hernia if I even pick up the oboe again. Does your abdomen ever stop hurting?


  • It will get better with time, but don't rush it. It took a little over three months for my abdominal muscles to feel halfway right again after surgery. Talk with a PT about abdominal muscle specific exercises to help you along.

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
  • I appreciate the pep talk. I'm just getting discouraged. My skin is so sore from the adhesive/bandage ... that I can barely stand to wear my brace. I just keep hoping it will get better soon. Three months huh? Oh well - I'm just 3 weeks out. I'd better try to find another way to cover the incision ... me & this tape are just not getting along!
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