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sweetness514
05-14-2006, 02:15 PM
I'm curious about something. I was told, after my surgeries when they involved fusion, to not bend for the first three months. After my first surgery, that's what I did(couldn't bend anyways), and magically after three months I bend down to get something and didn't even think about it, and bended at the hips. After that, although I was a bit stiff, as I saw I could do it, I thought it was good to do it like that since I thought I was cleared for it, and that the only way I would regain my flexibility would be to start bending more. Right now, I'm five months post revision for a non union, and even if I can bend (with my knees bented a bit, and am way more stiff than the first time),I bend at the knees, not only b/c it's easier for me, but I have now been told by my orhto that it's best to do so and I have read posts from people post op here that still don't bend much after three months, for cautious reasons.

Anyway, if anybody is still following me (or cares, LOL), I wonder if it's bad to bend after three months for the fusion, as I feel the time period on it changes.

crookedspine
05-14-2006, 02:39 PM
I agree. I haven't bent but once from the hips & my body told me about it. Even though I have been cleared at 6 months, I still bend with my knees (although I do that more than I could have before!). Hang in there...Good luck to you! Linda

LindaRacine
05-14-2006, 02:39 PM
Hi Sweetness...

I've been told by several surgeons, that complete fusion takes about 12 months in adults, so I certainly would try to avoid it a little longer, especially since you've already had a pseudarthrosis.

Regards,
Linda

sweetness514
05-15-2006, 02:10 PM
Thanks Linda(crookedspine), and good luck to you too, glad you're doing so well, I know how the 6 month mark is so important :)

Oh Gosh Linda I sure hope it wasn't all the bending that made me have a non union the first time, some doctors should be more careful in what they tell their patients :( I know, what's done is done...

I'm so used at bending with my hips anyways, it's not a problem.