Pre and postoperative instructions
Before the Procedure
Tell your doctor or nurse what medicines you are taking. These include medicines, herbs, and supplements you bought without a prescription.
During the days before the surgery:
On the day of the surgery:
After the Procedure
You will stay in the hospital for 3 to 4 days after surgery.
You will receive pain medicines in the hospital. You may take pain medicine by mouth or have a shot or an intravenous line (IV). You may have a pump that allows you to control how much pain medicine you get.
You will be taught how to move properly and how to sit, stand, and walk. You will be told to use a "log-rolling" technique when getting out of bed. This means that you move your entire body at once, without twisting your spine.
You may not be able to eat for 2 to 3 days. You will be given nutrients through an IV. When you leave the hospital, you may need to wear a back brace or cast.
Your healthcare team will tell you how to take care of yourself at home after spine surgery. Follow instructions on how to take care of your back at home.