View Full Version : 2 month post-op visit

07-12-2006, 07:18 PM
I went for my two month post op check up yesterday. Everything looks great and most of my restrictions were lifted! :)
I start outpatient PT Thursday and will head back to the gym after that. Although driving is uncomfortable, I feel like I have my freedom back!
I can't say enough about Dr. Andrew Casden and his team at Beth Israel Spine Institute in NYC. They continue to be so caring and personable as if I'm their only patient. For anyone in their first few weeks after surgery...........hang in there! There is light at the end of the tunnel. :D

07-12-2006, 07:29 PM
That's fabulous, Jenn! :)

07-12-2006, 07:39 PM
what restrictions were lifted? just curious

07-12-2006, 09:14 PM
Yes, I would like to know that also! And how soon did you return to work and/or school after surgery?


07-12-2006, 11:21 PM
O.K. I don't get it Jen. Your Dr. had you on P.T. at 1 month post-op and at 2 months your restrictions are lifted?? I don't think anyone on here has had that time frame for P.T. let alone restrictions being lifted. Did you ask your Dr. about your P.T? I remember you being concerned you might be starting too early. I know you are young and I expected you to heal fast but I am concerned he is cutting you loose too soon. You do know the reason we have restrictions is to not disturb the fusion process.... which takes a full year. I am shocked to say the least and worried for you. Sure it is great to get back to normal activity but at what cost? I think you need to ask about this. Remember I am Ms. Positive attitude. However, this makes no sence to me. I would love to know what Linda Racine thinks of this. I did ask my Dr. about you doing P.T. at 1 month and he thought I was kidding. He couldn't believe it. Keep us posted will ya?

07-13-2006, 10:09 AM
I'm due for surgery in 2 weeks, and my understanding is that the bending, twisting, and not lifting over 5 lb. restrictions last the first 6 months! The only restriction that may be lifted at 2 months is the driving if you are off narcotics.


07-13-2006, 01:51 PM
Whoa.....I still can't bend or lift more than ten lbs, but am being taught how to bend and lift correctly at PT. The restrictions that I'm now allowed to do is go in the pool, take a bath, drive and carefully go back to the gym. I'm a teacher, so I won't be returning to work full time until September. I'm feeling great and will "listen to my body" as needed.

The Spine Institute is all for getting you back to normal as soon as possible. They believe and so do I that the more dependent you become on items or others the slower your recovery will be. So, I didn't depend on a hospital bed, cane, etc.........as soon as I could I got rid of my raised toilet seat and shower chair. Just a reminder that everyone heals differently and I hope to continue to make progress and come a little further each day. I can't wait to be able to reach and shave the bottom of my legs or tie my shoes still.

07-13-2006, 02:16 PM
What a wonderful attitude you have and it sounds like you're making remarkable progress. You're an inspiration to the rest of us who are waiting to go through it.

07-13-2006, 02:30 PM
I really hope I recover from all of this as good as you!!!!! you're doing so well! even though I'm 46, I'm in good physical shape & hope to come back at a good pace...............Ly

07-13-2006, 02:51 PM
Whew, O.K. Jenn that makes more sence then "restrictions lifted" sounded. I have a trick for you to shave your legs. If you can squat down like you are reaching to pick up something off the floor you can reach the lower part of your leg easily. The back of your knee is reachable if you straighten out one leg slightly and the hand on the same side is used on the floor to balance. Kinda like playing twister! Can't help you on the shoe tying. I bought Schetchers (Very cute) that have hidden elastic laces. Keep up the great recovery.

07-13-2006, 04:48 PM
Congratulations! :D That's great. Hopefully we'll all get there...


07-13-2006, 05:18 PM
Using heavy tape attach a razor to the handle end of a long wooden spoon. You can then apply shaving cream with the back of the handle to your leg and then turn and shave.

07-13-2006, 05:40 PM
Glad to hear your recovery is going well

07-13-2006, 11:58 PM
Hi Jenn;

I always smile when I see how well you're doing. Keep it up. And the razor on the end of a spoon worked for me.


07-29-2006, 10:15 PM
Hi Jenn

Im new to this forum and its great to hear that you are doing well. I've been following your posts for a while now and i see that you r surgeon is Dr. Casden w/ Beth Isreal. I've seen Dr. Neuwirth who is with the same group at the Spine Institute. I've seen him twice and my next step is to schedule surgery.I felt very comfortable with Dr. N but I am still a bit scared.

Did you get to meet the team of drs. before your surgery?
How long was your stay in Beth Isreal?


07-31-2006, 10:50 AM
Jenn -

Your progress is remarkable! I am on the same recovery schedule as you more or less as I had surgery 5/22. I still am unable to lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk, no bending, twisting (as you also pointed out). I am cleared to drive (although,I am not a driver) and go to the pool. I cannot go to the gym. The only exercise I can do other than swim, is walk and that has done wonders for me. Anyway, this is not about me it's about you and your wonderful progress. Congratulations, don't push yourself too hard and keep up the good work!