I had an open (5" incision) bilateral discectomy with foraminotomy on L5-S1 two weeks ago. I don't see my surgeon for another four weeks but I am interested in a general guideline of when it is safe to start resuming activities. I was told no extreme bending, twisting, lifting or prolonged sitting until I see him at six weeks.
I am already feeling the effects of over-activity because I had to see my family doctor for an incision check the other day and she ran an hour behind so I sat waiting for over an hour. I tried to walk around a bit but it didn't help. I came home in such pain and I am still feeling the effects. I really hope I didn't set my healing back.
I have been walking around the block every day and I finally managed to give up the walker, yay
I am interested to know a general guideline for beyond the six weeks of restrictions. When will it be safe to do things like using an elliptical machine, basic aerobic videos, situps (ever?) lifting more than five pounds etc? Am I looking at six weeks, three months, six months etc? I know every case is slightly different but a general guideline would be great. I am hoping to start exercising when I am able to as I will likely have a bit of weight to take off due to inactivity and boredom eating from this recovery
I already lost 100 pounds in an attempt to help my back pain, to no avail, but I would hate to gain that back!
Also, I have external dissolvable stitches on my 5" incision. Has anyone had any experience with these before? They still haven't dissolved and my family doctor was going to remove them next week but the surgeon's office said to leave them to dissolve until my six week appointment. When should these darn things fall out? It looks like fishing line and I know that different types take longer. Does anyone have any experience with these type of stitches. The incision has been healing great since day one but the stitches are still hanging on.
Thanks in advance