I had a laminectomy and PLIF at L5 S1 for spondylolisthesis 7 week ago. I am 49yo female in good health that had suffered with rt leg pain for years. I am a nurse. The pain finally got so bad I couldn't walk for more than a couple of minutes without sitting to get relief. Although I was terrified I finally gave in and had surgery.
Before my surgery I did a lot of reading on these boards and was prepared for the no BLTs. My incision is about 3 inches long. When I was discharged from the hospital I was told to walk 3 times a day and that I could do moderate bending and twisting. So for a couple of weeks I tried not to bend or twist much. After 2 weeks though I was walking 3 miles day, driving and pretty much doing anything I wanted except for lifting over 10 pounds. I do have pain on rt side of low back/upper hip when I walk/stand too much. Has anyone else been told they can do moderate bending/twisting as soon as they came home? My d/c instructions said just because something hurts doesn't mean it's bad for you. Just makes me nervous when I have pain that maybe I shouldn't have listened to my dr. I need to go back to work at 12 weeks post op which scares me, but financially it's a must. I have done so well I think my family forgets I had surgery not so long ago lol. My leg pain is gone. I wish I hadn't been so afraid and would have done this years ago.