Back Surgery Recovery Tips

by Tim

in Back Problems, Pain, Surgery

Having back surgery is a traumatic experience in itself, but some people consider the back surgery recovery period to be its most challenging aspect. A patient should make as many preparations as possible before going to the hospital to ensure a stress-free recovery period and a quicker return to normalcy.

Planning Ahead
One of the first things a patient can do is plan and/or prepares post-surgery meals in advance. Similarly, the residence should be cleared of items that may hinder walking or cause a person to trip or fall. If great discomfort is anticipated after back surgery, he or she should look into engaging help around the home.

Speaking from a practical viewpoint, if you wear footwear that is easy to slip on and off, it makes a world of difference when a person is undergoing lower back surgery recovery. Slip-ons or moccasins are comfortable, and not having to tie any laces means less strain is exerted on the back. They also encourage the wearer to get out of bed, which further aids healing.

Hydration Is Important To Back Surgery Recovery
Hydration is an important aspect of back surgery recovery routines, but having to sit up whenever a drink is needed can be troublesome. A sports bottle equipped with a squirt top eliminates the nuisance, and allows the patient to drink from a reclined position.

Prescription painkillers may not soothe the pain after back surgery completely, so it is advisable to apply ice, and when permitted, heat. Ice relieves pain by causing blood vessels to constrict and decrease blood flow to the affected area. This also minimizes swelling and muscle spasms. Conversely, heat encourages blood vessel dilation, which increases blood flow and aids in removing the body’s own “pain” neurotransmitters. Application of heat pads also encourages oxygenation of the wound, which can help speed up healing.

Log Roll
Regular movements tend to be curtailed post back surgery. Aside from moving carefully and not lifting anything heavy, patients should learn is the “log roll”, which allows a person to get in and out of bed safely. A person gets out of by bed rolling the body as one unit onto its side before easing the legs off the bed and pushing up into a sitting position. The procedure is revered when the patient wants to get back in bed.

Back Surgery RecoveryExercise According To Doctor’s Instructions
Exercise is another area a patient should not neglect during back surgery recovery. Suitably slow but steady activities include walking, which is low impact but helps to maintain muscle strength and flexibility. Another form of exercise that aids recovery, is low impact, does not strain the back and strengthens muscles is water aerobics. However, the doctor should approve this as the surgery incision needs to stay dry in the early days after surgery in order to ensure good health.

Eat A Proper Diet
Nutrition should never be neglected during recovery from back surgery. Protein, such as that from turkey, chicken and pork provide the necessary components for the body to heal. The diet should be rounded out with plenty of fruits and vegetables as well. Most patients also tend to experience constipation, so judicious intake of prune juice or laxatives/stool softeners may be warranted.

There is no shortcut when it comes to back surgery recovery. Healing cannot be rushed as the process of regaining strength and restoring a full range of movement needs time. The best keys to a successful, problem-free recovery from back surgery are persistence and patience.

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