How long did it take you to recover from your lumbar fusion? How long did it take before you could start lifting weights again? Was it a pretty difficult recovery? I’m facing a similar surgery and was wondering how it went for you. Now I know every spine surgery and condition are unique from person to person, so if you have time to answer I’m not going to use that as my expected recovery time, I’m just curious. [/quote]
I didn’t have a lumbar fusion, but have had two microdiscectomies. The first one was in July of 2012 on L4-L5. I was a mess after that surgery, pain persisted for 4-5 months. During those months I was getting A.R.T treatment and working on glute strength. I had not been lifting prior to this surgery, and they were extremely weak. I eventually got myself pain free and stayed that way until July of the following year, when L3-L4 got worse while deadlifting. I had the second surgery in September of 2013 and woke up from that surgery 100% pain free. I walked a little over 2 miles the same day. I started doing bodyweight glute bridges and ab wheeling (extremely short range of motion on those) about a week after the surgery and just kept building from there. I’m currently stronger than I’ve ever been and still free of sciatica.
My neighbor had a fusion done around the same time as my first surgery, and he was back to work powerwashing and doing yard work within a few months of his surgery. I don’t know any other specifics, only that his scar is way bigger than mine.
I know how much the pain sucks, it will get better though. I wish you a speedy and painless recovery.