That will be tougher, but you can certainly do some fantastic cutting. During the year I had to take off, my job required me to hike about 400 miles per month. I basically kept my protein intake steady, but did intermittent fasting as my situation wouldnt always allow me to eat when I wanted to. I dropped down to the low 160's, but I was kind of amazed at how much muscle I retained. I got lean and mean and it was kinda fun despite the fact I longed to get back in the gym and throw some iron around.
Phasing into cardio, with your Dr's approval of course, might re-focus your goals and allow your body the time to heal up.