After receiving failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) surgery, you may be eager to get back on your feet and make travel plans. However, it is important to make sure you take certain precautions and know what to expect ahead of time, as traveling after any type of spine surgery can be challenging.
Tips to consider before traveling
To prepare for traveling after FBSS surgery, you’ll want to:
- Allow time to recover immediately following surgery. In the weeks immediately following your surgery, you’ll want to avoid traveling altogether to give your body time to recover. By doing so, you’ll be able to more easily consult with your physician should any complications arise.
- Consult with your physician before making plans. Make sure your physician is aware ahead of time about any travel plans you may have following surgery. Your physician may have special recommendations while you’re traveling or require a certain amount of recovery time before traveling. If your plans include flying, you may even need official approval from your physician first.
- Avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity. This is recommended even if you don’t have travel plans, but it becomes more important if you’re traveling or doing anything outside of your recommended recovery plan. You’ll want to avoid the possibility of interfering with the recovery or creating other complications.
- Make time to rest and take breaks as needed. Ensure that you are staying properly hydrated, and rest or move around as needed. You’ll want to avoid resting for too long or remaining sedentary for too long (which a long car ride or flight may require), so make sure to get up and walk around to keep your circulation up.
Failed back surgery syndrome surgery is offered at USA Spine Care, a leading provider of minimally invasive spine surgery .^ Our surgeons have helped tens of thousands of patients find relief from various spinal conditions, including FBSS, through our minimally invasive procedures.
For more information on our minimally invasive options and what to expect during recovery, contact USA Spine Care today. We offer a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures.
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