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L5 S1 Fusion and full forward flexion

barbrablythebbarbrablythe Posts: 5
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:03 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I will have my L5 and S1 fused. Will I be able to complete a standing or seated full forward fold/forward flexion once I have healed?

I do a lot of yoga and am concerened about my range of motion.

If anyone else has had this and does yoga I would GREATLY appreciate any feedback.

Thank you,



  • I don't do yoga but did have fusion of l5s1. I am certainly less bendy than before, but then I wasn't bendy at all after the disc went!

    I think I read somewhere to expect to be about 10% less bendy than you were before.
  • You also should consider what other damage you may do to the upper and lower areas of your spine after you are fused. Lots of people have problems down the road, after a fusion, that affects adjacent spine levels. If it were me I'd be cutting out all those types of movement in a effort to help possibly save the levels above and below. Are those levels totally healthy now? Did you do damage to your spine by doing some of your exercises?

    This is something you really need to have a heart to heart talk with your Dr. about
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