Back/Spine Surgery

Back/Spine Surgery

Post-Operative Orders

Dressing

Keep in place unless instructed otherwise. Keep clean and dry. Do not remove. Change dressing as instructed – per physician’s instructions.

Medications
  • Take as directed
  • Do not take pain medication on an empty stomach
  • Take with water or ginger ale, and dry toast or crackers. (No fruit juices, colas or milk).
  • Continue diet and medication as directed by your physician (PCP).
Showering
  • No showering until staples/stitches are removed
  • May shower only (NO TUB BATHS). Do not let shower spray directly hit incision
Contact our office if you experience
  • Chills or fever above 101.0
  • Excessive pain not relieved by pain medication
  • Usual redness, swelling or drainage
Activity
  • See additional sheets for at home recommendations
Follow-Up
  • Call the office to schedule a post-op visit within 2 weeks of your surgery, or sooner.
Resources

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