The decision to have spine surgery is never one to be taken lightly. Once you have selected the right surgeon for your procedure, gone through the consultations and set a surgery date, the decision making may be over but the uncertainty is often just beginning. Most patients want to know what they can do to speed through recovery and return to a pain-free life as quickly as possible. That is why it is important to follow Dr. Kelly Kiehm’s advice, especially if you opt to have surgery with Capital City Neurosurgery.
1. Your Body Takes Time to Completely Heal. Let It!
Like it or not, even minimally invasive procedures cause trauma to your body. Anytime your body is cut, sewn or otherwise repaired, there is a time period where the tissues are delicate and need time to heal. Even when your surgery allows you to return home the same day, that doesn’t mean you will be able to do everything you could do before the procedure. It takes up to six months to heal completely after some procedures. You can return to work after a few days with others. In either case, it is important to allow the body adequate time to heal.
2. Follow the Surgeon’s Advice As Your Recovery Depends On It
Whether Dr. Kiehm has prescribed antibiotics before or after your procedure, opioid pain relievers or alternative pain relief therapies, it is important to follow the instructions you were given exactly. Too often patients don’t understand “the why” behind the pre- and post-operative instructions they are offered and disregard them altogether. If you have questions about why you are being given certain instructions, ask! Then follow those instructions to the letter. They are designed to speed your recovery along as quickly as possible.
3. Physical Therapy is Vital to a Full Surgery Recovery
As uncomfortable as it may be, physical therapy is the difference maker for those who regain strength and mobility in their spine after surgery. Since physical therapists are specialists in movement, they are trained to help you regain balance, strength, flexibility, and mobility in ways that help complete your recovery. It is also important to note that physical therapy is not limited to what happens in an office. As a part of your treatment plan, you will be asked to perform strength and flexibility exercises in the comfort of your own home several times a day. Patients who complete these at-home exercises have a much better outcome than those who do not.
Have Questions about Your Surgery Recovery?
If you are concerned about your recovery after spine surgery, Capital City Neurosurgery is ready to give you specific advice for your condition. Call or schedule your appointment online today.