After you are out of the acute phase of recovery, and you start doing the lumbar stabalization exercises that they probably showed you, you will probably be feeling a whole lot better than before the surgery as far as activity goes. Stability will be key, strengthening and stretching is equally important. Cardio shouldn’t be an issue within a few weeks. But it does take a while for full fusion, which will depend a lot on your keeping up with rehab. And I agree with BBB, nutrients are key, and peptides could be huge for speeding things up.[/quote]
DarkHorse–I don’t mean to pirate your thread, but I’d like to ask a couple questions about above post. I recently had cervical spine surgery, so I’m curious if above statement applies to my situation.
My questions are as follows:
1). Peptides: I’m taking my usual multi-vitamin in addition to Citrecal, vitamin E, Vitamin B, Glucosamine. But I don’t know what peptides are. Would you kindly provide some more information, or point me toward some information so I can educate myself?
2). Fusion: I had c4-c5 fused. Assuming dedicated rehab, about how long does it take for full fusion to occur? I assume strength training should begin slowly with lighter weights/higher reps. But is it safe to assume a patient could resume “heavy” lifting (i.e. 3-5 reps) of squats, cleans, deadlifts etc. after fusion occurs?
14 February 2012 I had discectomy in c4-c5, and a partial discectomy in c6-c7. Additionally, I had foraminotimies (sp?) in c4-c5 and c6-c7. I’m just starting rehab, and doing some cardio, stretching, and bodyweight strength training on my own.
Thanks in advance for any information you provide.