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I am 6 months post-op from L4,L5, S1 spinal fusion. I can't seem to get a straight answer as to how I (or the neuro-surgeon) knows when the fusion is complete. I'm also not sure what exercise I can do. I ask him, and I just get 'walk, walk, walk' - which I know is good and I am doing that. I'd like to know from others if it's ok to ride a stationary bike, use elyptical machine, etc. I'm really trying to behave and be patient, but I'd like to do more than walk, but don't want to take any unneccessary risks. Also - anyone out there back to snow skiing after this type of surgery. I'm hoping that I can ski next winter - will be over a year - but looking to see if anyone thinks that is possible. I had major leg pain prior to surgery that is now gone, and just have some minimal back pain - hoping that will also go away eventually.

Guess I'm just looking for some real success stories!! Thanks. :wave:





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