Post-Surgery Pain Management and Recovery

To manage the pain following surgery, you will be prescribed medication or be administered a painkiller via an IV during your hospital stay. Normally, driving is not resumed for a period of weeks after the surgery due to narcotic pain medication that is normally prescribed. It’s important to take direction from your doctors on how to position your spine and maintain your posture to ensure that you care for and protect your back.

 It is normally not advised to completely limit yourself to bed rest, as physical activity is important to stimulating muscles and the circulation of the blood. Exercise programs and physical therapy are often recommended during the recovery process to help get the best results.

Make sure you get a program tailored to your specific needs and that your physical routine is supervised by a medical professional. Your neurosurgeon in Los Angeles may also recommend iron or other vitamin supplements to aid in recovery.

Things to Do During Recovery from Back Surgery

  • Eat balanced meals.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol to excess.
  • Use lumbar support and maintain proper posture when sitting.
  • Do not twist or bend right away. Consult with your doctor about increasing your range of motion during recovery.
  • Avoid lifting, pushing, or pulling objects larger than 5 pounds.
  • Do not allow constipation to progress more than 2 days without taking a laxative.
  • Do not bathe in a tub or swim until your wound is completely healed and you have approval from your doctor to do so.
  • Only engage in sexual activity when you feel physically strong enough to do so. Certain positions may be more comfortable than others, and you should stop if it becomes painful.
  • Walking is the best activity for the first 6 weeks after surgery.
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Warning Signs to Report to Your Doctor

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should report them to your doctor immediately:

  • Shaking chills
  • Fever above 100 degrees
  • Swelling, pain, or red streaks in your legs

In an emergency, always call 911.

At Hunt Spine, you are what matters most. It is our duty to improve your quality of life by treating back and spine conditions, this is a duty we do not take lightly and it shows in our unique one-on-one consultation. In this consultation, we take as much time as needed to insure we plan out a specialized treatment that will yield optimal results.

Another important factor is you, the patient are fully educated on your condition and its treatment options. You will leave the consultation with a firm understanding and a treatment goal in mind. Dr. Leonel Hunt and Dr. Gabriel Hunt are dedicated to improving your quality of life. Contact us today to learn more, and schedule a consultation with some of the best spine specialists Los Angeles has to offer.

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