- Dec 12, 2019
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I'm looking for some advice on recovering from surgery. L5-S1 fusion. Been off gear and haven't lifted since late 2019 when health went south due to injury. Was told by the surgeon following the procedure that my bone density is really good for my age (over 60), most likely due to spending most of my life in a gym. Have a plastic block between the vertebrae and metal hardware in the back holding the two in place. Bone growth to occur up the middle of the plastic block. I'm 6 weeks post op and it's going to be another 6 months (at least) before I can put any stress on my trunk. Without exaggeration, I am in the worst health/physical condition I've ever been in my entire life right now and it's killing me to be like this. I've gained a bunch of fat, which I've never had before, and lost all my muscle mass. I'm weak and sickly and want to turn that around asap. I don't want to fuck up the surgery by doing anything that puts stress on the trunk, but was told by my surgeon's PA that I'm able to do things like use an exercise bike for some cardio. I hate cardio but at least it's something. What I'm looking for is any advice on supplements, gear, non-trunk stressing exercises - ANYTHING AT ALL - that can help speed the bone growth between L5 and S1 so I can get back to lifting in gym and get healthy again.