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I just had a discectomy/ laminectomy on Monday Sept. 27 - I have so many questions!

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  • Meg...you sound very wise. I am so glad you are talking to your surgeon but also doing your homework. I was told the same thing by my surgeon after the 1st surgery. Driving was ok when I was off pain meds. But I think what I missed was how seriously I should take the no bending, twisting, or lifting rule. I think Driving jostled me around and work had me pushing myself more than I should have.

    Granted, it's all very personal so you have to definitely consult your physician.

    I did go to PT after my 6 weeks appt. You should ask your surgeon about it. Some say you may not need it but personally, I would push for it. PT showed me how to properly stretch in the event i was sore and they also showed me tips on how to build core muscle strength back by safely keeping my spine aligned. I was very active and knew most of the tips but it was so good to have a trained PT spine specialist observe and correct me for a few weeks.

    Your surgeon should be your trusted reference but I think these boards do a nice job of offering you things to discuss with your surgeon. Surgeons are human. My surgeon always welcomed my questions.
  • I did; my surgeons insisted upon aquatic PT.

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