Spine surgery recovery — how to prepare
After you undergo an open spine surgery, the recovery process can be slow and challenging. However, you can speed your recuperation by developing a support system and sticking to a rehabilitation schedule. It is also very important to quit smoking, limit your alcohol consumption and boost your immune system with exercise, a nutritious diet and daily vitamins as early as possible.
Developing a Support System to Help You Recover
While many people focus on the physical aspects of recovery, they sometimes forget that forming a personal network of support is imperative to full rehabilitation.
- Family. Inform your family members about your procedure and the expected recovery process. Ask long-distance relatives to offer emotional support, while nearby relatives may be able to help you with the logistics of recovery, like grocery shopping, driving and housework.
- Friends. Not only can friends give you encouragement during the healing process, but also they can offer a physical benefit as well. Laughter and conversation can help to reduce stress, boost immune function and release endorphins, which are your body’s natural painkillers.
- Medical professionals. It’s important to stay in close contact with your surgeon, your primary care physician and your physical therapist to make sure you are sticking to your postsurgical recovery plan and are getting answers to your questions.
Additional Tips for a Healthy Recovery
Although this surprises some, it is important to become active again as soon as possible after your surgery. Immobility will only contribute to decreased circulation, a reduced immune system, and increased risk of infection. Consult your doctor before beginning any course of diet or exercise and choose low-impact activities like walking, swimming, or isometric exercises.
To find out more about minimally invasive procedures that can reduce your recovery time, contact Laser Spine Institute today. At Laser Spine Institute, we specialize in minimally invasive spine surgery that treats degenerative spine conditions like herniated and bulging discs, sciatica, bone spurs and arthritis of the spine. The outpatient procedures we provide offer our patients less risk of complication and a shorter recovery time compared to traditional open neck or back surgery.
If you are interested in becoming a potential candidate for one of our procedures, ask for your no-cost MRI or CT scan review* to help you find out.