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Excercises post lami and fusion

mugsmmugs Posts: 10
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Spinal Stenosis
Was wondering if anyone who has had a fusion and had difficulty w light exercies post-op? I am 3 months post lamis of L3-5 and fusion with plates and screws of L4-5.
Had a difficult post-op course in hospital w excessive bleeding, severe anemia (Ht 7.5) and respiratory arrest with a fall on 1st post-op night.

Have been attempting to gradually increase activity--walking is great and now even run the sweeper; but if i swim or do leg lifts--have left sided back pain the next

It's really getting frustrating as I thought that I would be further along by now. Would appreciate feedback, thanks in advance!!


  • first of all, running the vacuum is one of the worst things post surgery. (also, raking and sweeping) any activity that involves twisting, pushing, pulling and reaching up or to the side should be avoided for many months after fusion. anything where you twist and push/pull at the same time is even worse. i am 19 months post fusion. all i have to do is vacuum one room and i can barely move the next day. sad, but true....

    swimming can be a good exercise, but it is not necessarily for those of us with fusions. for now, you would be better off walking in the pool or doing aqua therapy. what are you doing in the pool?

    when swimming most strokes, it puts a lot of stress on the spine if you are kicking your legs and reaching with your arms overhead. much better for you would be to get one of those swim belts or vests that will support your body in deeper water -- then move your legs like you are walking or gently jogging. you can move your arms too and get a decent aerobic workout without straining your back.

    walking remains your best exercise. under supervision you could add in light weights. and careful stretching is good.

    here are some ideas from this site:


    you are still early in your recovery. hang in there and just keep working....this is a race to be won by the tortoise!!

    take good care --
  • quess I don't have trouble w the vacuum as i do one room and rest. but you bring up some good points in the pool--i didn't realize that arm movement would effect the back so much intil the first visit to they Y. we do have a heated pool and will try that soon. you're right about the walking--can do a mile per day now. tx so much, Gwennie!! best wishes to you...mugs
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