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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,322
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:32 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I know everyone is different but is there a ballpark range as to when you can do some normal and not so normal stuff after a laminectomy and discetomy. Mine was last Thurs on l5-S1 and I can walk of course but other things like bending over, picking up stuff, elliptical, bike etc. How long for others who have had the same procedure. Right now I've been given the whole...be sensible an don't do anything that hurts and I have my follow up next week but I'm just curious about how others have progressed. I know I have to take it easy and can't risk reinjuring this or the one above which is not in the best shape but I want to make sure I don't take it too easy either. Thanks.


  • Hi Waves!

    I am two days ahead of you and was at my followup on Friday. I was told to do whatever I wanted; drive, bend, lift no more than 25 lbs. (I'm still not gonna lift anything; that's what teenage kids are for!, FINALLY they are old enough to be useful to me!)

    I asked the Dr. if it was O.K. to "exhale" yet, he said yes. Just if it hurts, STOP. (well duh!)

    Next is 4-6 weeks of PT, unless the co-pay is too high, then just get a home program.

    I don't think I will ever forget any of this experience (before surgery) and will treat my back like it is made of glass for the rest of my life.

    Also, I feel like I need to "commemorate" this event; and when the incision heals enough, I am considering getting a tattoo to cover it. Maybe a little bullseye? I am not the tattoo type, and this would be my first, but hey, you only live once.

    I'm so glad your doing well!

    Best wishes,
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