Spinal bone spur surgery is usually a last-resort option for addressing painful symptoms that have not responded adequately to conservative treatments, such as physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications and hot/cold therapy. Whether you’re just starting to explore bone spur surgery or your physician has recommended a specific procedure for you, it can be both helpful and comforting to have a basic idea of what you can do to facilitate your recovery.
Eight general recovery tips
While your surgeon can provide you with specific information that applies to your unique circumstances, here are some general tips that can help you recover both quickly and fully from bone spur surgery:
- Take any prescribed medications according to the label instructions
- Ask your family members and friends for help if you need it, especially during the first few days
- Do not drive for at least 48 hours after your procedure (or longer if applicable)
- Avoid sitting and standing for more than 20 minutes at a time
- Engage in a physician-approved fitness program, which will likely include progressive walking sessions that begin immediately after your procedure
- Contact your physician’s office promptly if new symptoms develop or existing symptoms worsen
- Schedule follow-up appointments with your surgeon at the appropriate intervals
- Be realistic and don’t rush back to your routine too quickly — the healing process takes time
Learn about minimally invasive spine surgery
As you may be aware, there are two main types of spinal bone spur surgery: traditional open surgery and minimally invasive surgery. To ensure the best possible outcome, it’s essential to explore all options that are appropriate for you before committing to a specific procedure.
The minimally invasive spine surgery performed at USA Spine Care is often the clinically appropriate first choice and provides many advantages versus open neck or back surgery. For instance, these techniques use small incisions that result in less muscle disruption and, in turn, a shorter recovery time and a lower complication rate.
If you’d like to learn more, contact USA Spine Care. We can help you determine if you’re a good candidate for a minimally invasive outpatient procedure.