Dad recently underwent a PLIF L5/S1 for a bulging/degenerated disc on that level. He is recovering well is now 4 weeks post op. Our post op xray/appointment is scheduled for the 6th week.
Currently, we are following the program set by our Dr including walking as much as possible per day. We are starting to wean/taper off pain medications. So far, we have reduced Lyrica to one dose of 75mg and getting towards 10 mg of Oxycontin twice per day. There were some withdrawal symptoms but nothing severe. Pain is pretty much not present.
Hopefully, after the post op appointment we will be told to do hydrotherapy and/or physio.
My question is this - is there anything you think we might be missing that we could do now or plan for later that might help his recovery and ultimately his rehab?
Things I had in mind are - exercises we can do now to regain some muscles safely, some psychological help, activities he can do at home etc to make him feel more helpful (rather than helpless), and any other tips that you feel might help.
Thanks all for the continued support. We are hoping things turn out well. The real test will come when we are able to see what type of pain is experienced when all pain meds are removed.