Preparing to have any surgery, especially spine surgery, can be mentally very hard. But it is also important that you are mentally prepared for the recovery process as well!
During the surgery the surgeon has to do all the hard work, when you get home all that work will be put in your hands. To ensure that you have a healthy and speedy recovery it is important that you, the patient, follow the instructions that your surgical team give you before the operation.
Immediately after the surgery you will be taken to a recovery room or ICU to be observed. Once you have woken up from the anaesthetic you will need to stay at hospital for at least one night to ensure that there are no serious problems. Your surgeon will usually try to get you to walk around the same day or the next day. Once you have showed the surgical that you can walk, eat and go to the toilet, you will be allowed to go home; this is usually 4-7 days.
Before you return home, your surgeon will go over your instructions, covering the ‘dos and don’ts’ that will help you to have a speedy recovery. If you are unsure about any ask your surgeon before you home, they are there to help you! You will usually be asked to follow these instructions for 6-8 weeks after the surgery.
One of the most important things to take care of is the incision. Make sure that you keep it clean and ensure that the dressing is fresh. If you notice any signs of infection please notify your doctor and get it checked out.
Here are some of our top tips to follow:
· Also stay hydrated
· Follow a healthy diet (high in protein)
· Try to do exercise (walking or deep breathing)
· Gradually increase your level of activity (don’t push yourself too much)
· Avoid doing strenuous activities (lifting, climbing, bending or twisting)
A full recovery will generally take around 6-12 months, however you can usually return back to normal activities after 6-8 weeks
This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.