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Back surgery for herniated disks

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  1. SuperDuty04

    SuperDuty04 ArboristSite Operative

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    Anyone here ever have surgery for herniated disks? My l1 and l4 are herniated causing extreme sciatica. Found out today that my doc is wanting me to have the surgery done. I haven't met with the surgeon yet so don't know all the details. I'm really curious how fast I'll be back on my feet afterwards. Also hoping my short term disability kicks in and pays me.
     
  2. Todd Loosli

    Todd Loosli One to many saws, never

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    Well I have been down that road twice on the lower back with great results. First time 7 years ago had 3,4,5 hooked together and down for a few weeks then on light load for 3 months. Had to do it over again 3 years later and do the next one up . Has been a good thing in my life. I'm 74 now and doing all kinds of things just have to stay under 60 pounds lifting. 20180607_092412.jpg 20180607_092405.jpg
     
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    2007 I had a ruptured L1-S5 and I healed it with the help of a physical therapist who showed me the Mckenzie pushup therapy, I started doing it and 8 days into it I could feel the disc move back into place. I am not saying this will cure you but you may want to Google it and possibly try it slowly and see if it helps you too?

    Good luck, it sucks I know.....
     
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    Weeks down? Oh man I can't really do tha . I was hoping like a few days! And sorry to hear you've been through so much!

    I' do those pushups as well as use an inversion table. I've dealt with back issues for 21 years and have been through every treatment available next to surgery. I've avoided it as long as possible, unfortunately.
     
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    Todd Loosli One to many saws, never

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    By weeks down, you aren't in bed you are just waiting for the cut to heal and you can't do very much. You have to walk every day and the more walking the better you will be.
     
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    My dad had lower back surgery. I don't remember what exactly the issue was, but it was a LONG recovery, and fairly painful. But it was worth it. You gotta do what you gotta do. A cold shower isn't going to fix it.
     
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    If the procedure just involves trimming the bulging disc you'll be on your feet in no time.
    Never had it myself but someone close to me has.
     
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    If you are talking a spinal fusion, plan on at least 1 week in the hospital. It will be about 6 weeks before you can drive and 6 weeks to 6 months before you begin physical therapy. It takes a long time for the grafts to set. You normally put off a fusion till you cannot move.
     
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    I meet with the surgeon Monday so I'll know more then. If I can't be fully functional by end of February then I'll probably not do the surgery.
     
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    Good luck to ya, it's not easy I know.....here's hoping and praying for the best for you.
     
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    Ya best to you
     
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    Good luck
     
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    My climber blew a disc and had surgery, he was back up and around in days. But, he is very thin, does 100 push ups and sit ups every morning and night, he can pull himself up a 60-80" tree in a couple minutes. He is 65 years old, and decided to retire after the surgery. He is probably the exception, and not the rule. He was doing stuff normal people do in a few days, he was not back to climbing that fast. Good luck.
     
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    Bad backs run in the family. I have three lower herniated discs. Plus spinal stenosis and. Kidney stone the size of my kidney, in pain 24/7 the morphine doesn’t help sometimes. Need to do something soon. Maybe more injections.
     
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    Sometimes in waiting you can cause more damage. I hope that you can find a way to go through with your surgery, and that you have a fast recovery.
     

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