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Traveling by car 4 weeks post left hemilaminectomy/Microdiscectomy and other stuff!

Hi All! I'm 24. I'm getting my first surgery, a left hemilaminectomy/microdiscectomy on May 12th after my exams finish. I have a wedding to attend a good 6+ hour drive away the second week of June. I know I will need to be careful for how long I sit in the car. Is  this even feasible? I can always lay down in the backseat if possible and we plan to stop frequently and walk around.

If anyone has had similar surgeries, can you speak to what your activity level was like? My goal is to be back to work 2 weeks post op. I have a  summer desk job at a law firm and I am looking into standing desk options so I am not sitting down all day. I definitely want to get back to my regular life, but do not want to push it, especially since I have about a 30% chance of reherniation. My health comes first since I have to live with this back for the rest of my life, but I also want to somewhat enjoy my summer and still keep my prior engagements (weddings, work etc)

Any tips on how to travel or what I can do would be great! 
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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 5,161
    Hi alyssadanielle2493

    Can you tell us how many levels of your spine will you have surgery on (ie L2-L3)?
    From what you are saying, you will have about 3 1/2 weks recovery before the trip. Have you discussed this as well as going back to work in 2 weeks with your surgeon?

    My biggest problem was siting and standing after a while. I would suggest a comfy blanket on the back seat and 2 pillows. One for your head and one for under your knees,it will help. And geting out and walking. Walking is the best exercise for your back.

    Please keep us posted and take care.

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  • Hi Sandra!

    The going back to work is something he mentioned I could do, but I will of course make sure I am feeling up to it. I don't want to push myself to the point of reherniation but also don't want to limit myself either for too long. I definitely plan to walk as much as I am able without overdoing it.

    The surgery is at L4/L5. I haven't been dealing with the sciatica for years. Just severely since March of this year and on and off since February. 
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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 5,161
    Hi alyssadanielle2493

    I had surgery in the same area, L2-L6. I took my recovery very serious and did everything I was told to do and not do. After a couple of weeks I wasn't even in pain anymore. But just remember, don't bend or twist. 

    Please sign up on the May Surgery Buddies. All you do is go to that discussion, tell about your upcoming surgery and you will have other members giving you advice and support. Hope to see you there!

    Take care and keep us posted.
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  • Thanks so much! And I am in there :) so far I am the only one, but I am sure there will be more! I feel like this Forum is incredibly helpful!

    I am writing down a list of questions to ask my surgeon as well! I know I have studying for finals as well, but this is all important too! 
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