There are several steps that you can take to smooth your transition from hospital to home after back surgery. Certain movements will need to be avoided and setting realistic expectations will go a long way to ensuring proper healing and avoiding injury.
For the first few weeks, going up and down the stairs should be limited to once or twice per day, per your doctor’s instructions.
Try to avoid bending at the waist. Use your legs and knees and squat down to pick up light objects.
Driving is typically not allowed for the first few weeks after surgery and try to limit time as a passenger to only short distances and as necessary.
Follow your physical therapy regimen as prescribed and limit other movement to walking until your doctor gives you the green light.
Lift only what your doctor says is allowable and nothing above your head.
Recovery from spine surgery can take anywhere from two weeks to several months, depending upon the procedure and your overall health. Enlist friends and family to help where needed and be patient in your recovery. It’s important to give your body time to heal and not to rush things as this may hinder your progress.