The days and weeks after surgery can be some of the most crucial to your recovery. That’s why we ask you to slow down and take it easy, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and take all medications as directed. It’s important to limit activity (bending, lifting, twisting) that applies added weight to the spine.
We also ask that you follow these recovery guidelines:
- Wear your brace for the time recommended by your surgeon for your surgery type.
- Bend from your hips if you’ve had a lumbar procedure. DO NOT bend from your spine.
- DO NOT reach overhead if you’ve had a cervical procedure. Ask for assistance.
- Schedule an appointment with your local USA Spine Care clinic or your primary care provider to have your incision checked two weeks after your surgery.
To make sure you stay the course, we’ll be checking in with you 2, 6 and 12 weeks after surgery to see how you’re feeling and help guide you a successful recovery. Should you need assistance during your recovery, we encourage you to call our SPINE LINE and speak with a nurse. We’re here 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide answers.