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swimming after a MicroD

Amanda S YanisAAmanda S Yanis Posts: 124
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:42 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
So I am 3 weeks and a few days past my MicroD. Me and a friend just planned a last minute vacation for us and the kids and were planning on going swimming in the hotel. Now I know I can't do the hot tub because of the fentanyl patch, but I just now realized that I probably can't swim either! I still have a small hole in the middle of my scar that is just within the past few days starting to scab over. I know I should call my dr. in the morning before we leave and check, but it kinda isn't a big deal to me really. I don't expecially like to be seen in a bathing suit anyways LOL. My kids will be disappointed that I won't be able too, and I thought it would be good exercise. But if I shouldn't risk it, then I won't. Or does anyone know of something I can put over my incision to protect it?


  • I personally wouldn't risk it. You could wade and what-not, but there are lots of nasties in public pools that you wouldn't want to mess with. You can still have fun I would think, just can't do breath holding contests :)
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  • I was told no soaking until the scar is completely healed over and no swimming at all until 6 weeks after I had my microdiscectomy. Swimming on your front apparently bends you back more than you should be at this stage of your recovery
  • check with your doctor but I too was told no soaking and I think most folks I heard from were told no swimming until after 6 weeks and it depends on your individual situation.

    With my initial MicroD, I was not cleared at 6-weeks to do anything other than walk and/or stationary bike.

    It stinks but I guess you can be the designated picture and video taker!
  • Hmmm I'm 3 weeks out of my open discectomy. I guess the surgeries are different because my scar was 100% healed after 1 week and Im already in PT. I also had clear/waterproof bandages that went over my steri strips and not 1 drop of water ever got through and I sometimes take 20 minute showers haha. Anyway, check with the Dr.. maybe you can at least wade into the low end for a dip and come out?
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  • I skipped the swimming altogether, I just didn't want to take the risk. (plus I havent' figured out how to shave my legs yet either LOL) I did get to put my feet in the hot tub though. And the kids had a blast. I didn't want to wear myself out swimming either as we are going to the Children's Musuem tomorrow anyways and that will be enough for me! Thanks for all the replies though!!
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