07 Apr Actions to Take when Leaving the Hospital after Spine Surgery
The days immediately following a spine surgery cause anxiety in a lot of patients. Having a checklist of action items before you undergo surgery can help ensure things go smoothly after your procedure. In this article, we are going to walk through some of the important steps you should take when you leave the hospital or surgery center after your Inspired Spine surgery.
When you are released after your surgery, the most important thing to remember is to follow your surgeon’s specific post-operative instructions. Your surgeon will tailor these post-op recommendations specifically to your situation. It is in your best interest to follow these instructions exactly. If you are confused about any of your doctor’s post-operative instructions, be sure to ask clarifying questions before you leave the hospital.
Have a Post-Op Buddy
Most spine surgeries do not allow the patient to drive themselves home immediately after the procedure. You’ll need to have a friend or family member drive you home after your procedure. It is also a good idea to have a friend or family member on hand to help you out with any activities you may be unable to perform after surgery. It’s also nice to have a friendly face around to keep you company while you recover.
Pain Management after Spine Surgery
Your surgeon will likely prescribe you some medications to help control pain after your procedure. Make sure you have these prescriptions ready for you when you get home. You will also want to get some over-the-counter NSAIDs to control your pain after your stronger prescription meds run out.
The revolutionary minimally invasive spinal procedures pioneered by Inspired Spine offer shorter operating and recovery times compared to other surgeries. That means you will be out of the hospital and back to your normal self as quickly as possible after your surgery.