The Southeastern Spine Institute

Recovering from back surgery takes time. But it can go faster and with less discomfort when you closely follow the directions of your spinal care team at the Southeastern Spine Institute. While diagnosing or repairing back problems is the goal of back surgery, your continued health and well-being are just as important.

Ideally, you have time to prepare for back surgery recovery by arranging the support you’ll need before you undergo the procedure. Your doctors help you define those needs and provide you with the necessary information to successfully recover. The common areas you need to prepare include:

  • Pain medication
  • Supportive devices
  • People to help
  • Nutritional needs
  • Home set-up
  • Physical therapy
  • Follow-up appointments

Managing Pain During Back Surgery Recovery

You may be concerned about taking narcotic medication following surgery, what with all the publicity surrounding the opioid crisis and the chances of becoming addicted. In fact, pain gets in the way of a speedy recovery. So you must follow your doctor’s instructions regarding pain medication and take it on a regular schedule — before any pain sets in.

Tips to get you safely through this time, especially when you need narcotic pain relief, include:

  • Talking to your doctor about your concerns
  • Letting your surgeon know if you do have issues with addiction or substance abuse
  • Filling prescriptions prior to your surgery so they’re on hand as soon as you go home
  • Asking a friend or family member to hold your meds and dole them out as prescribed
  • Using a pill organizer to stay on schedule
  • Adding a laxative to your regimen because constipation is a common side effect of narcotics

When you visit the Southeastern Spine Institute for follow-up appointments, let your back specialist know when you’d like to start weaning off the strong meds. Ask about other forms of pain control, such as:

  • Ice packs
  • Heating pad
  • Daily walking and exercise, as prescribed by your physical therapist
  • Massage from an experienced surgical masseuse
  • Regular rest
  • Frequent repositioning when you’re lying down or sitting

What Else Can I Do to Facilitate Back Surgery Recovery?

You may get tips from well-meaning folks who underwent back surgery before you or from other non-medical sources. Always check with your doctor before implementing any type of back surgery recovery plan. Your Common tips to help you recover quicker and that improve your overall health include:

  • Maintaining your weight — not gaining weight — by eating a diet rich in healthy fruits, vegetables and high fiber foods
  • Avoiding heavy lifting
  • Wearing a supportive brace if one has been prescribed
  • Using a cane or walker during your initial walking sessions
  • Relying on other supportive devices such as a raised toilet seat, grab bars in the tub or shower, and a grabber to prevent twisting and reaching
  • Stocking up on things to keep you busy and distracted, such as books, movies, TV shows, games and music
  • Drinking plenty of water every day
  • Being patient with yourself and your progress
  • Maintaining a positive attitude

While back surgery is a big deal, when you rely on the experts at the Southeastern Spine Institute, your back surgery recovery will go much smoother. Follow the best tips and follow-up at the practice with the most up-to-date equipment and expertise in the industry.