What to expect after surgery

We’re here for you every step of the way

 

Your road to recovery

The days and weeks after any surgery can be some of the most important for healing. And it’s why we provide our patients with the resources they need as they travel the road to recovery. Because each person heals at his or her own pace, making your postoperative care a priority is essential for a full and complete recovery.

Personalized follow-up

As you embark on your personal path to lasting relief, we encourage you to stay in touch with the Laser Spine Institute Patient Services Department so we can help you heal. Our caring staff members are experts in patient-centered care and are standing by to give you the knowledge you need so you can focus on getting back to the life you love.

SPINE LINE

At Laser Spine Institute, we pride ourselves on successful patient outcomes. That’s why you can call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you with any concerns you may have as you recover. Having questions during this phase of your journey is expected. And we invite you to call your SPINE LINE with any questions you may have after surgery.

Scottsdale 1-888-712-6543
Philadelphia 1-877-712-6558
Oklahoma City 1-888-712-6563
Cleveland 1-877-712-6572
St. Louis 1-877-712-6571
Cincinnati 1-888-712-6564

Your road to recovery begins here

Postoperative recovery guide for MID

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The do's and don'ts of recovery

When can I return to work? Is it safe to bend or twist after surgery? How soon can I drive? These are the questions we get the most from patients as they recover from surgery. While the procedure you underwent was minimally invasive, the time it takes to heal completely is different for each person. And that’s why we’ve created the following list of things you should and should not do as you recover.

Do

  • Take time to heal
  • Call your SPINE LINE with questions
  • Follow weight-lifting restrictions
  • Bend from the hips
  • Sit down slowly
  • Keep track of your medications and take them as directed
  • Start with minimal walking
  • Ice your surgical site as directed
  • Watch the recommended Daily Activities videos

Don't

  • Drive while taking pain medications or muscle relaxers
  • Consume alcohol while taking medications
  • Bend from your spine
  • Participate in activities that require repeated bending or twisting
  • Soak or swim for the first two weeks or until your incision is healed
  • Schedule a massage or chiropractic visit until appropriate