No kickin allowed here!! We treat ourselves fairly well...... but...... there is nothing wrong with
yup. The only brace I was issued was at discectomy/laminectomy/fusion, not for an implant. This is surely because despite wanting us to adhere to BLAST, no bending, lifting, stretching, or twisting, the professionals in the business would like for us to be mobile.
The brace was intended to help keep me together and avoid disturbing the fusion so I would be fairly well immobile purposely for 8 weeks post fusion. YUK. I did not like that thing, although I know it helped. And I took a whomping big pile of ribbing from the ladies of my office who wanted to know whether I would like a little lace to "go with my girdle." At least they knew I am good humored and not a one lost their job for giving me a hard time.
Remember BLAST and you will do fine, also, use the log roll for getting out of bed and back in. Easy moves. Tiny steps. Take care with stairs. If you never used a hand rail on stairs DO IT. Walk and walk and walk. Then before you know it, you may be prescribed physical therapy to assist you in regaining proper muscle use without messing up the implanted hardware.
Forget lifting free weights. Do NOT REACH for the cereal box. Use a grabber tool. I still have a nice one with rubber cups on the end to prevent slippage of the target item. Driving? NOT! That is until Doc says so.
You will do fine, and I hope for all your life the stim will bless you as it does me in my waist to lower legs.
I feel blessed,
Oh, and Prayin for ya too,