Lois Eileen

Posted by loiseileen (16 posts)
Sep 03, 2013 11:11 PM

I am still here. I only had the scs in two days as I managed to break a wire and pull out a lead and the stitches. I think it happened when I drove the car. It was long enough to know that I want to go ahead with the implant. Just waiting for neurosurgeon to set appt. Can you tell me how long I have to be extremely careful so I do not pull anything apart this time? I really tried to be careful but now I feel as though I am going to have to lay around on my stomach and do nothing for how long?? Thanks for your help. Blessed day to all, Lois

Posted by flygal (483 posts)
Sep 03, 2013 12:24 AM

Obviously, everyone is different. However, some guidelines:
Most doctors advise no bending, lifting or twisting for various periods; my initial surgery it was 3 months, and I was given a brace as a reminder. After my repair, it was 4-6 weeks. Based on your trial experience, I would strongly suggest you ask your surgeon to fit you for a brace to prevent problems after the permanent placement. I think it is one of the reasons I had such great results. I still use mine when I weed, mow or do other activities that are stressful to my back. Also be sure your Grabber is by your side at all times.
Plan on about a week to recuperate from the surgery; before surgery make lots of frozen dishes so you won't have to do alot. But that doesn't mean stay in bed for a week. Walking a couple of times a day will get you going again, even if they are very short walks. Try to increase your walking distance a little every time. Laying around doing nothing can cause problems.






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