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After Back Surgery: Going HomeDespu©s de una cirug­a de la espalda: El regreso a casa

After Back Surgery: Going Home

The sooner you become active, the sooner you'll get back to your normal routine. At the same time, you need to protect your healing back. Increase your activity level at a slow but steady pace. You may also see a physical therapist during this time. Follow any guidelines your doctor or physical therapist gives you.

Your First Few Weeks

You'll likely feel weak and tired at first, but you should feel a little stronger each day. Your incision may be sore. You may also feel some pain, tingling, or numbness in your back or legs. All of these symptoms should decrease as your nerves heal. Keep moving as much as you can without making your pain increase.

Your Walking Program

Walking is the best exercise for you after back surgery. It strengthens your back and leg muscles, increases your endurance, and relieves stress. Begin by walking around the house. Build up to several walks a day. You may find it helpful to set a goal. Talk to your doctor or physical therapist about setting a safe, realistic goal for yourself.

Preventing Setbacks

Increased pain for more than 2 hours after an activity means you've done too much too soon. When you feel pain, slow down and pay more attention to your posture and movements. By about the sixth week after your surgery, you should be well on the way to healing. But continue to let pain be a warning to slow down.

 

Call your doctor right away if you:

  • Feel persistent or severe pain, weakness, or numbness in your back or legs.

  • Notice drainage, swelling, or increased redness around your incision.

  • Have a fever, severe headache, or extreme tiredness.

  • Have difficulty breathing.

  • Have problems controlling your bladder or bowels.

  • Have swelling and tenderness in your legs.

 

 

 

 

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2004-05-03T00:00:00-06:00

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I had a spinal decompression done at three levels. Although all pain is not gone, the surgery did exactly what Dr. Hayward had hoped it would. What impressed me most about Dr. Hayward was his willingness to have me get a second opinion. He did not want me going into surgery without hearing what someone else thought. He even went as far to tell me that just because he was the first neurosurgeon that I had seen, he expected me go where I felt most comfortable if I did have surgery.
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