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How is life like after having a lumbar spinal fusion surgery?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 41 years experience
Assuming that you : Are fused ; rehabilitated just avoid activities that involve combined repetitive flexion ; rotation ie.Racquet sports ; golf. Heavy contact sports are not advisable like rugby or tackle football. If asking in post op period, this is dependent on type and extent of fusion as well as your health/ conditioning including your diagnosis----your surgeon will guide you. Otherwise your life should be ok.
Dr. Peter Ihle
Dr. Peter Ihle commented
Orthopedic Surgery 55 years experience
My wife @ age 64 had a fusion L-4 to S-1 & since fused using posterior rods & screws has had no trouble @ all. She is able 2 exercise, do weight training as well as cardiovascular with impunity . U do have 2 take into age & activity level U expect 2 return 2.
Dec 30, 2013

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