Disk replacement & spinal fusion (L4-L5): Post-op concerns

Posted by user_chf56161a @user_chf56161a, Nov 22, 2018

My surgery was done at Mayo, Rochester. It was 8.5 hours long. I can’t remember minute to minute.
The pain is horrible. They only gave me pain meds for 10 days and I have 2 left. Everyone said the first 30 days are the worst. The best things I bought before was the grabber, I drop anyway, toilet riser,
Slippery pajamas. Any suggestions this is rough.

I had L3-4-5 and S1 fused. I used a walker around the house for the first 2 weeks, then my cane. (which I used before surgery.) By a month I was walking on the tread-mill or outside for 10-15 minutes at a time. I returned to using my Nordic poles by week 5 or so, and they allow me to walk up to 30 minutes. I'm wondering how much I need to be using my back brace at 8 weeks- I use it if I'm doing a more rigorous activity, such as light house work, walking longer periods, or starting to feel achy and tired. What have other people been advised regarding brace use? I'm starting to reduce my meds, although ' I'm still waiting for my doctor's advice on this. I'm also returning to a physio therapist- as this was minimally provided in hospital

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@heatherm

I had L3-4-5 and S1 fused. I used a walker around the house for the first 2 weeks, then my cane. (which I used before surgery.) By a month I was walking on the tread-mill or outside for 10-15 minutes at a time. I returned to using my Nordic poles by week 5 or so, and they allow me to walk up to 30 minutes. I'm wondering how much I need to be using my back brace at 8 weeks- I use it if I'm doing a more rigorous activity, such as light house work, walking longer periods, or starting to feel achy and tired. What have other people been advised regarding brace use? I'm starting to reduce my meds, although ' I'm still waiting for my doctor's advice on this. I'm also returning to a physio therapist- as this was minimally provided in hospital

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I highly recommend you listen to your PT and surgeon regarding increasing activity. You don't want to mess up any repair work performed so use the professionals.

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