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    Lumbar spinal fusion

    I am having a spinal fusion of the three lower lumbar discs and the sacrum. I know that there is a long recovery. The question is: How long before I can start playing trumpet again?

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    Re: Lumbar spinal fusion

    Ask your Neurosurgeon. He will be able to tell you what is safest. He will probably put you thru a little Physical Therapy to promote recovery. My Best regards for a speedy recovery.
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    Re: Lumbar spinal fusion

    I have had 2 cervical spinal fusions and it took me about 2-3 months after the surgery.It may be different
    since yours is lower back. Hope it goes well!!!

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    Re: Lumbar spinal fusion

    I've had L4, L5 and S1 fused concurrent with right hip surgery. I'm almost certain you won't be able to play the first month afterward and you wouldn't want to try to do so with all the pain meds you'll be prescribed. That was in October 1979 consequent to an on the job disability incurred in January 1976 and I didn't start my first brass horn comeback until 2006 so I can't truly say when you'll be able to play again and as others have stated rely on the advice of your neuro surgeon which I hope you do have and not an orthopedist. The point I do make is at some future time you will again be able to play and I'll Pray for your optimum recovery.

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    Re: Lumbar spinal fusion

    Wow! Good luck, man. I'm recovering from back surgery at this very moment, but it's nothing like what you are facing. I send you my best wishes for a successful surgery and a steady and healthful recovery.
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    Re: Lumbar spinal fusion

    Change your daily routine.

    before you can sit:


    Pencil exercize (

    long tones, lipslurs and easy tunes a soon as you can comfortably sit
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