Post-Operative Instructions

Robert H. Bradley, M.D.

 


 

F. Donovan Kendrick, M.D.

Cervical Spine Surgery
Wound Care

Keep your incision clean and dry until the staples are removed. Change the dressing as needed.

Infection

If you notice any excessive redness, drainage or any other obvious sign of infection, please contact the office.

Pain

We will discuss a prescription for pain before discharge. You are encouraged to use over the counter medications like acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) and use the prescription pain medication for more severe pain if needed. Please try something over the counter before calling for a pain prescription refill (you may not need it).

Activity & Travel

Most patients will need to limit their activity for the 1st 1-2 weeks. As you begin to feel better, you may begin to drive and resume light activity around the house. Sedentary work can be resumed at 2-4 weeks, however, manual labor may take 8-12 weeks.

What to Expect

It is normal to experience some tightness and even spasms between your shoulder blades and across the top of your shoulders after neck surgery. We recommend the use of heat or ice and massage to relax the muscles.

Follow Up

Please call the office for an appointment for your next office visit. Generally, this will be about two weeks after your surgery. Return to work can be anticipated in 2 to 4 weeks for patients having sedentary jobs and 8 to 12 weeks for patients whose job requires heavy manual labor.

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Lumbar Spine Surgery
Note

You have recently had spine surgery. The success of your surgery depends to some extent on the next few weeks. Therefore, it is very important that you follow these instructions as closely as possible.

Wound Care

Change your dressing as often as necessary to keep the wound clean and dry. You may want to use a bandaid to cover most incisions. If your dressing becomes wet or soiled, change the dressing immediately. Be certain to wash your hands and keep the wound clean. If you have metal staples on your incision, you will need to keep your back dry until the staples are removed. Otherwise, you may shower after five days. No ointment, creams or cleaning of the wound is required.

Activity & Travel

For the next two weeks, try to limit your activity as much as possible. ABSOLUTELY no lifting, straining, or bending. Stairs are okay if taken slowly. Spend most of your time standing or reclining. Sitting is discouraged. Do not drive for one week. Except for the trip home from the hospital, no car travel for the first week. After that, you may ride or drive short distances if you feel comfortable and safe.

Follow Up

Please call the office for an appointment for your next office visit. Generally, this will be about two weeks after your surgery. Return to work can be anticipated in 2 to 4 weeks for patients having sedentary jobs and 8 to 12 weeks for patients whose job requires heavy manual labor.

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Khaled M. Krisht, M.D.

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