Recovery after Spine Surgery
The duration of hospitalization depends on the treatment rendered. The period of your rest or inactivity depends on a few factors such as the type of surgical procedure and the approach used to access your spine, the size of the incision and presence of any complications. Return to work or normal activity depends on the type of work or activity you plan to perform.
Post-op Instructions after Spine Surgery
- Your surgeon may recommend a few specific postoperative instructions following your surgery.
- You should follow the instructions of your surgeon to aid in faster recovery with optimum results. Some of the instructions that you should follow after your surgery are as follows:
- Take medications as recommended by your doctor.
- Keep your incision area clean and dry to promote wound healing.
- Avoid smoking, driving, lifting heavy objects, swimming or using a hot tub.
- Follow the specific restriction of activity, as advised.
- Start physical therapy as instructed by your doctor.
- Schedule follow-up appointment with your doctor as advised.
Symptoms to Look out for following Spine Surgery
Please consult your doctor immediately if you experience fever over 101° F or if the incision site shows signs of infection such as pain, redness, swelling, or increased drainage from the incision.