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#1 malexander


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Posted 09 July 2014 - 08:45 PM

What are your usual recommendations following DBS surgery:


How soon after surgery would you recommend waiting prior to aerobic exercise?

If cycling on a road bike was part of pre-surgical exercise, when (if at all) would you consider reintroducing it?

What about Yoga?  Would you limit certain stretches / inversions / headstands?

What about massage? 

#2 Dr. Okun

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 11:01 AM

Thank you for the question.  My approach is to meet with patient and family and individualize these decisions based on the factors of: pre-surgical level of fitness, outcome/complications of surgery, and by monitoring the patient monthly following intervention.  In general I tell patients anything is possible, but not everything is safe.  In some patients it may be reasonable to resume activities at 4-6 weeks, and in others it may be longer or possibly even unsafe to do certain activities.  A lot depends on the situation.  Sorry to be vague, but the best docs in these situations personalize the decision.

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