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exercise after back surgery

I had a L4-S1 spinal fusion and used to be a avid runner have you ever heard of people who still can do this after this kind of surgery? If not ,any suggestions of other good work out ideas
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I would not presume to tell you what you could and could not do after a lumbar fusion. Best to talk to the operating surgeon, and you can also ask for  a referral to a physical therapist for more information about activity levels.  

I've heard you have to be about 1 year post  surgery before beginning any exercise programs? A friend of mine had a cervical fusion and she was told no heavy weightlifting, which is  really a drag, because she  loved doing those kinds of workouts.  But she deals with it.  Also, high-impact might not be in the equation, but again you need to check with your doc and not rely on a bunch of Internet yahoos for this kind of advice.  Did you have a cage inserted?

Anything mild is probably going to speed healing as soon as  you feel like you can do it, like walking or swimming. If you get a negative  on the running or high impact, the next best thing to reach that level of endurance would probably be a ski machine in the summer, like a Nordic track set-up, and cross country skiing in the winter if  you live in the snow. Frankly, it's probably better  for you than running anyway.

But I'd check with the doc. I'm a long distance runner myself, and I  know that being away from it would drive me crazy!

Keep us posted on what you learn about this. Really, check with the doc first. I presume you already did some research on the tubes about this - medical websites, orthopedic websites.  You can also post on the orthopedic forum here, I'll bet there are post fusion patients over there giving advice.

Good luck!
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