Having chronic back pain can mean many things, but the most common one is herniated disks. When such a case arises, you may need to see a Roswell spine surgery specialist to determine which disks separate the bones in your spine.
After a successful surgery, you may want to know how to take care of your body while you recover. If this describes you, here are some facts the Apex Spine and Neurosurgery team would like to share.
How to recover at home from surgery?
For faster recovery, here are some things you need to consider:
- Pain management.
After your surgery, your nurse or doctor might prescribe pain medications. Ensure you follow their instructions and call in refills on time. If your current medication is not controlling your pain, ask your doctor to readjust your doses or prescribe other potent drugs. Your doctor will also teach you how to administer non-drug pain relief treatments like moist heat, mild exercises, and repositioning.
- Know when to call your surgeon.
During your recovery, you may experience a runny stomach, fever, excessive draining from the opening of your incision. When that happens, ensure you call your surgeon immediately.
- Eat healthily.
You already know that healthy eating allows your cells to work behind the scenes and promote your recovery. Eating foods rich in fiber and vitamins should be taken into consideration after surgery. Avoid eating high-calorie or fattening foods even if tempted. You will have all the time to eat them once you recover.
- Follow bathing and incision care as instructed by your doctor.
Bathing can be an excellent way to eliminate sweat and dirt from your body. However, your doctor may want you to follow a strict bathing and incision care protocol. The last thing you need is to get an infection because of soap and water. Avoid tub baths for at least four days until your incision has fully healed.
- Limit your movements.
While you may want to stay active, the time to rest is after you leave the hospital. Avoid any activity that involves lifting, bending, or twisting. Until your incision is healed fully from surgery, you should avoid sitting or standing for too long.
- Seek help from your loved ones.
If you stay alone, ask a friend or family member to assist you with house chores. If you feel any pain or have excessive discharge from the incision opening, avoid engaging in any tasks that might delay your recovery.
See a spine surgeon for professional advice.
Having a spinal condition can affect your quality of life in so many ways. But when you get proper treatment, you can go back to your life routine in no time. If you recently had your surgery, these six tips can speed up your recovery process. To learn more about spine surgery procedures, schedule a consultation with your surgeon today.