What to Expect
Most people who have back operations recover quickly and return home a day or so after the operation. Early in your recovery you should avoid twisting motions and heavy lifting. It is important, however, to avoid prolonged bed rest, which can lead to lung problems and blood clots in the legs. Taking walks, either outside or inside, and then lying down to rest is an excellent way to safely get the exercise you need. In general, sitting is the position that puts the most stress on your back and you should avoid sitting for long periods of time. Your doctor will let you know when you can drive again and when you can return to work.
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 post-operative 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.