What to expect
You may feel easily tired and you should avoid strenuous activity until you have had a follow-up appointment with your doctor and have discussed increasing your activity level. It is important, however, to avoid prolonged bed rest, which can lead to lung problems and blood clots in the legs. Going for walks, either inside or outside, and then resting when you are tired is a good way to get the exercise you need.
Dos and Don'ts
Contact us immediately if:
The above symptoms are some of the most serious that may arise but do not include all potential postoperative problems. When in doubt, it is better to call and ask.
Contact information and follow ups
During business hours you should call your attending physician's office with any questions. For emergencies after business hours call 401-444-5611 and ask for the neurosurgical resident on call.
Call your attending physician's office after you are discharged from the hospital to arrange for stitch/staple removal and necessary follow up appointments.
You should also schedule a follow up appointment with your primary care physician. If you do not have a general doctor, you can call the Lifespan Heath Connection at 401-444-4800 for a referral.