Three tips to help prepare you for facet disease surgery and recovery

If you have been considering facet disease surgery or you have already consented to such an operation, it’s natural that you’d want to learn more about preparing for it. Of course, you should adhere to your surgeon’s specific directions for getting ready, but we can give you a general idea about what to do before you have surgery.

Tip No. 1: Understand your recovery time frame

Your surgeon will tell you when to arrive for surgery, how long you’ll need to stay at the surgery site and when you can expect to go home. However, you’ll also want to check ahead of time to get an idea of a recovery time frame. Everybody is different and it’s almost impossible to pinpoint when and how you’ll heal from your procedure, but you should get an estimate so you understand how much time to take off from work and how to account for other responsibilities, such as childcare.

Tip No. 2: Ask about limitations

Along the same lines as checking for a time frame, knowing about post-surgical restrictions can help you plan for your recovery. For example, you’ll probably be advised against lifting objects for a few weeks after your facet disease surgery. That means you’ll need to have someone help you with anything over a few pounds. You may also find it useful to place objects you know you’ll need to use on a regular basis — everything from hygiene essentials to cups to drink from — within easy reach, as you’ll likely be sore after surgery and may be advised to not reach above your head or bend over as you heal.

Tip No. 3: Ask others to help

You’ll certainly need a ride home after your facet disease surgery, but family and friends can help in many other ways as you recover. Before you have your operation, it’s useful to find out who could help with household chores and other tasks you might be unable to complete immediately after surgery. After all, bending repeatedly to wash and dry clothing will probably be the last thing you want to do after your spine surgery.

If you’re deciding which type of facet disease surgery to have, consider the minimally invasive spine surgery provided by Laser Spine Institute. It offers many advantages versus traditional open spine surgery, including no lengthy recovery period.^