GUIDE TO ACTIVITY AFTER SPINAL SURGERY
It is important to remember…………
You have just had surgery and will experience some amount of pain and swelling. Please be aware that nerve pain is quite normal following your procedure and we ask that you monitor any pain you are experiencing and contact our office if this does not appear to improve within a reasonable time frame.
AFTER YOUR PROCEDURE
- Occasionally, some patients require a period of time in a Rehabilitation unit following surgery. This allows more time in hospital under the care of a Rehab Physician who will provide you with a more individualised pain management and physiotherapy program. This ensures you are both safe on mobilising and comfortable before returning home following surgery.
- You will not be able to drive home following your surgery. Please make arrangements to have a relative or friend collect you from the hospital.
- You will have a scheduled post-operative appointment approximately 6 weeks post-op. Details of this appointment are listed on your surgery information letter or can be confirmed by contacting the receptionist in our rooms.
- You are not required to have an x-ray before your post-operative appointment unless otherwise advised.
- All wound dressings should be left intact for 10-14 days unless otherwise advised but can be changed for cleanliness if necessary. Once the outer dressing has been removed, any steri-strips can be left in place as they will tend to come away gently with showering. It is advised not to remove these steri-strips prior as it may disrupt wound healing.
- Ensure any dressings you have are kept dry at all times.
- Compression stockings should ideally be worn for at least two weeks following surgery and on your return home from hospital. These are to avoid a (DVT) deep vein thrombosis, which has a peak occurrence at around 10 days following surgery. The rate for spinal surgery is very low and is less than 1%.
- If appropriate, you can return to sexual activity when you feel confident. It is very unlikely that you could damage any of the surgery result if activity is prudent.
- After your surgery, you should only re-commence your regular medications – including any blood thinning medications, when your surgeon or other related medical staff caring for you suggest appropriate. Take your pain medication as directed.
- Your surgeon will issue repeat scripts for post-operative medication over the phone between your discharge date and your post-operative appointment. Anything out of this time frame should be obtained through your GP or at an appointment with your surgeon. You must give 3 working days notice in order for these scripts to be prepared and posted to your home address.
- Please contact our office at any stage with any post-operative questions, to organize any repeat scripts or to address any clinical concerns.
- If there is an urgent problem after hours and you cannot contact our rooms, please proceed to the nearest Hospital Emergency Centre.
- Correspondence regarding your operation will be forwarded to your GP once you have attended your 6 week post-operative appointment.
Our surgeons will advise you as to whether you will be required to have physiotherapy treatment following your surgery. In most cases, physiotherapy will commence following your 6 week post-operative appointment. If you are having physiotherapy, please provide our consulting rooms with the name, address and phone number of your physiotherapist so we can forward any correspondence that may help with your treatment.