[QUOTE=Jacquee;4323598]I am 50 and am having back surgery on Oct. 28th. (L3-4 fusion, L5-S1 decompression) I am very nervous. Please has anyone had this and if so please tell me what to expect for recovery and pain and long term results. I love to bike ride, walk and work out. Will I still be able to do so? I also just had a complete knee replacement two months ago and it is still very sore. I had my first knee replacement 5 years ago and it is wonderful. I feel very nervous about the back surgery. Please respond to my worry...
>>>> Hi Jacqee and welcome to the forum. Having had several back surgeries, I can tell you that recovery takes TIME. Once you are healed well, I see no reason you can't ride your bike and work out, tho you may have to change your routine to accomodate your back. Once you have had spinal surgery, it is important to always keep in mind that your back will never quite be the same. As far as walking goes, well, that is something you will be urged to do asap. Little walks at first, with someone accompanying you...then longer and longer. Walking will strenghten those back muscles and will help keep scar tissue formation at a minimum.
Mostly though, I just wanted to say hello to you and to let you know you aren't alone. This is a great group of people Jacquee and they will try to answer your questions and support you as you go through this trying time.