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How soon will I be able to lift weights after having surgery for the slipped discs in my spine?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: 1 to 3 months

Your surgeon can guide you in your specific situation, but generally you need to let the soft tissues (disk, muscle, ligaments, skin) heal.
That takes several months. Premature heavy lifting might cause another disk injury. Low impact aerobic activity helps recovery.

In brief: 1 to 3 months

Your surgeon can guide you in your specific situation, but generally you need to let the soft tissues (disk, muscle, ligaments, skin) heal.
That takes several months. Premature heavy lifting might cause another disk injury. Low impact aerobic activity helps recovery.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Dr. Scott Beard
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Never

Talk to your doc but if u are going to resort to surgery u should probably never lift anything over 15 pounds again.

In brief: Never

Talk to your doc but if u are going to resort to surgery u should probably never lift anything over 15 pounds again.
Dr. Scott Beard
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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
After spinal surgery, it is not uncommon for patients to be able to lift weights once cleared by the surgeon. Simple disc excision cases and some fusion procedures may allow a significant functional return with sometimes minimal lifting restrictions (up to 40-50 lbs). More severe pathologies may require permament restriction of lifting.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Depends

It varies quite a bit based upon the nature of the surgery done.
A fusion would take considerably longer to recover from than a micro-discectomy, for example. You would certainly want to check with your surgeon as it could be anywhere from 8-12 weeks typically.

In brief: Depends

It varies quite a bit based upon the nature of the surgery done.
A fusion would take considerably longer to recover from than a micro-discectomy, for example. You would certainly want to check with your surgeon as it could be anywhere from 8-12 weeks typically.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Dr. Edward Hellman
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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Depends

After spinal surgery, it is not uncommon for patients to be able to lift weights once cleared by the surgeon.
Simple disc excision cases and some fusion procedures may allow a significant functional return with sometimes minimal lifting restrictions (up to 40-50 lbs). More severe pathologies may require permament restriction of lifting.

In brief: Depends

After spinal surgery, it is not uncommon for patients to be able to lift weights once cleared by the surgeon.
Simple disc excision cases and some fusion procedures may allow a significant functional return with sometimes minimal lifting restrictions (up to 40-50 lbs). More severe pathologies may require permament restriction of lifting.
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
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